Issue by Issue – Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld #5

Writer – Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn
Artist – Ernie Colón
Colours – Tom Ziuko
Letters – John Costanza

Granch, having been stuck in the Dark Dimension with his various siblings, was in a tight spot as the piece of Amethyst that was supposed to anchor him to the Gemworld was slowly slipping away. Thankfully, with a little ingenuity, he just manages to grab ahold of it so that he might get himself out of this predicament and he does just that, though not back to Gemworld but to Earth where Amy Winston finds herself in class. As for Amy, she had just arrived home herself where she read a note from her parents which essentially said they were worried about her and looking forward to talking, something Amy is a little apprehensive about. So it is that sitting in school, Granch and all of his brothers manage to make their way through a portal, the piece of amethyst leading them to Amy and it causes nothing but trouble. Written by Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn once again with some incredible artwork from Ernie Colón, they craft a fun tale that changes things up a bit as Earth now becomes the setting where Amy becomes Amethyst and essentially in front of her parents who arrive on the scene due to all the commotion that has been taking place in the school. Granch wants nothing more than his siblings to get along and to feel safe, but they are confused and essentially just children themselves and so they do not understand what his happening or where they are which leads to hurt feelings, anger and violence. It is a good thing that Granch and Amethyst are on hand, as the students face a real threat of getting hurt even with the police on the scene. All of this poses an interesting dynamic between Amy and her parents for the truth has finally come out even though nobody has specifically said anything. With Amy as Amethyst, it is hard for her parents not to believe what is right in front of their eyes, that their daughter whom they received from that mysterious woman all those years ago is not what she appears. Cohn and Mishkin make it all dramatic and suspenseful and there is a point where the two sides – parent and child, will have to come together and get it all sorted out. In addition to all of this, Gemworld has its own problems with the houses of Emerald, Topaz, Turquoise and Diamond all dealing with their own drama, things that will at some point also involve Amethyst. Another great tale by a great creative team.

4 out of 5

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