In the last issue, Granch went off to rescue his brothers and sisters from the Dark Dimension while Citrina’s astral-self was captured and made a prisoner by Dark Opal, thereby setting a trap for the young Amethyst. Unsurprisingly, when Amethyst arrives in Gemworld she finds the strangely comatose Citrina and tries to help, her inexperience not recognizing that there could be some danger in doing so. Such as it is though, Amethyst arrives in Dark Opal’s castle in front of the very man himself and then finds herself on the defensive as he means to put an end to her before she comes fully into her power. A battle is not what Amy had expected to find herself in once arriving at Gemworld and now it is essentially do or die as the villain looks to press his advantage, eliminating both Amethyst and Citrina and the last of the opposition that stands before him. Like all good stories, Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn are not going to let that happen though, at least not so early on in the series and when it is all said and done, Amethyst may not have won, but she and Citrina are free and have at the very least dealt a blow to the monarch that he will not soon forget. The authors of this tale also take the time to throw in a little extra for their readers including a sub-plot involving the Emerald princess who must marry Carnelian so that they do not incur the wrath of Dark Opal and thus show fealty as well as that which they started in the last book involving Granch who is trying desperately not to get lost in the Dark Dimension with his siblings. Suffice it to say, things do not play out exactly the way that Granch wanted them too as his lifeline was tampered with and now with his family surrounding him, they mean to take out their anger and frustrations on him in a most violent manner. Cohn and Mishkin also take a look at things back on Earth with Amy’s parents who are worried sick about her and whose father seems like he must be crazy what with him talking about how she vanished into thin air and all. Altogether, this was a book packed with action and excitement, not to mention the incredible artwork of Ernie Colón featured on each and every page.
4 out of 5