It is the final showdown between the forces of good and those of evil, between the denizens of Gemworld led by Amethyst against Dark Opal and everyone in this game plays for keeps. Opal, who now wears armour sporting a fragment of each House’s gemstone is now far more powerful than anyone or anything. Like all good villains, Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn give him an ego larger than the world he inhabits and his boasting knows no bounds. At first, all seems helpless as Opal blasts them with incredible force but Amethyst gets an idea that may just save them all, noticing how he harnesses the power of the gems to his advantage. Why could Citrina not do the same thing with the power of all the House’s master gems? So it is that the battle begins to turn but again, not for long as Opal continues to get stronger and stronger. The authors of this tale still have a trick up their sleeve for readers though as Sardonyx who was seemingly written out of the picture in the last issue, makes a return as he fends off the Emissaries of Varn in their strange dimension in order that he fight his way back to Gemworld. As he does so, he realizes that he can no longer serve Dark Opal, that his loyalty has meant nothing and so he adds his power to that of the kings and queens, princes and princesses who have aligned themselves against the villain. There is still one surprise to come and it does so in the form of Carnelian who also comes to the conclusion that if Opal is allowed to continue his path of destruction, that there will be nothing left for anyone, much less Carnelian. There comes a moment when it is do or die, for Amethyst and her forces, for Carnelian and for Opal too and when the monsters protective sphere has dropped due to his attention being diverted, that is when a dagger is plunged into his back by none other than his own son. Mishkin and Cohn along with some incredible artwork from Ernie Colón and Tom Ziuko, tell a fast-paced, exciting tale that is the culmination of everything that has been building towards from the very first issue of the series. Like any good story, it also has a happy ending as Amethyst finally goes back to Earth to live her life as Amy Winston while the Gemworld enters a new age of peace.
4 out of 5