Issue by Issue – Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld #6

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

Taking her parents under her wing so to speak, Amy now Amethyst and on Earth no less, fly them home before her magic wears off and to get them all out of the public eye. Those she knows as her mother and father are amazed and confused and so it is that Amy tells them about all of her travels and adventures and of where she goes when she disappears. That leads to the revelations of her birth, of how Citrina gave the young Amethyst to them when their own baby was stillborn, providing them with that they could not have themselves. They always knew that the day would come when they would have to face the truth of that day, that Amy might find out the truth and that they might have to let her go. Thankfully Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn provide a bit of relief for the two as Amy swears that they will always be her parents and that she will come home again, but for the moment, Gemworld is where she must be. The book might have started out in dramatic fashion, but the creators of this tale take it in an entirely different direction for the remainder as Amy heads ‘home’ and learns of Granch’s attack upon Fortress Opal, an exercise that may end up being foolhardy at best as he goes it alone with his brothers and sisters without the aid of anyone else. Amethyst wants to go, but Citrina holds her back with sage advice and so begins the training she will need to rule as a princess, most of that being in the use of her magic and of learning to defend herself. She is an apt student and Ernie Colón who illustrates the book does a great job of making it all become fully realized for the reader, especially when it comes to those scenes involving Granch whose assault is full of fire and intensity. Opal laughs it off, knowing that what they do is futile, but Granch and company prove to be worthy opponents – just not worthy enough. When all is said and done, Granch pays the ultimate price, one that Amethyst and Citrina can feel back at the castle and it spurs Amethyst into action. Just what she is going to do and how remains to be seen, but it is sure to be exciting. Altogether this was another fun issue that balanced Amethyst’s life in two worlds quite evenly and moved the story along quite nicely, rewarding readers who have been present from the start.

4 out of 5

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