Issue by Issue – Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld Annual #1

Writer – Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn
Artist – Ric Estrada
Inker – Pablo Marcos
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letters – John Costanza

The everyday life of Amy Winston is one that does not quite excite her as much anymore. How could it when on another world she is a full-grown woman who leads an exciting life as the princess of an entire kingdom and where there is a man that she loves with all her heart. So it is that going to gym class or a dance with a boy pales in comparison, so when a dwarf shows up to steal her pendant, Amy knows she not only has to stop it but has a chance to go back to Gemworld. Meanwhile back on Gemworld, a coronation is to take place as a new queen for the House of Emerald is to be made while elsewhere, the younger of the princesses Emerald has discovered a threat to them all, one that might be even worse than that of the former Lord Opal. As an added plot twist it seems that Lady Turquoise has started to fall in love with Prince Topaz as well though he only has eyes for Amethyst even if she be far away. Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn continue to chronicle the adventures of Amethyst as she finally returns home for Gemworld is her real home despite her life on Earth and it finds her learning about a new threat growing beneath the lands of Opal. It is a threat she learns, that was put down by her mother long ago with the help of Lord Opal and Lady Emerald and now, after all this time, it looks to re-emerge so that it might continue its reign of terror. There is a ton of action spread throughout this book as things on Gemworld are starting to change, threats that are arising now that may or may not have to do with the defeat of Opal and things that have waylaid Citrina and brought darkness to the land. One of these threats is revealed, the one Amethyst has come to battle and one whom she has unwittingly released. It takes everything she has including some help from Lady Turquoise and the young Princess Emerald to defeat it but when all is said and done, things have changed and the portal to Gemworld may no longer be viable while Princess Emerald might be stuck on Earth for all time with Amy. Illustrating this tale is Ric Estrada and Pablo Marcos who do a great job of it, the book looking just as good as those previous issues done by Ernie Colón. Mishkin and Cohn write a compelling tale that expands the lore of Gemworld and they weave in quite a bit of mystery while doing so making this book a perfect beginning for the next volume of stories.

4 out of 5

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