Issue by Issue – Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld Vol.2 #1

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

When last seen, Amy Winston was unable to return to Gemworld, the way being barred and her magic unable to do anything about it. That remains true and so she and Princess Emerald now find themselves stuck on Earth and at least for Emerald, it is the happiest she has been in quite a while. Things get far more strange though when some new neighbours make their presence known and it shocks both Amy and Emerald to the core as it seems to be Dark Opal, who was soundly defeated not long past, along with his son Carnelian, now going by Carl. Back in Gemworld, Topaz has made his way to the lands ruled by Lord Aquamarine as he has heard that Amethyst might be there. Evil visions greet him when he arrives and when the royal guard is questioned about Amethyst and the strange clouds, they have no idea what he is talking about. Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn then introduce the newest villain in Fire Jade, a woman who seems to be in love with Topaz and yet she knows that he is in love with Amethyst and so first she needs to break him, both his spirit and his misplaced affections. Elsewhere, the lords and ladies of Gemworld gather at the Diamond Citadel, arguing amongst themselves while Sardonyx plots, the man once more under the yoke of someone else – this time to the book’s newest villainess. The authors of this tale also complicate things a bit further for the realm of Amethyst as Citrina is ailing, something is wrong with the regent and she cries out in her sleep for Amethyst, a cry that has to be laced with magic for she calls forth the princess from Earth, past all barriers by separating her from Amy’s body. So it is that when the book ends, Amy lies comatose on Earth, the Princess Emerald protecting her while Amethyst is back in her home realm by Citrina’s side, unaware of just how or why she is back in Gemworld. Cohn and Mishkin fill the book with drama and danger and more than enough mystery to make things interesting and when coupled with the artwork of Ric Estrada and Ernie Colón, it is a package that is sure to bring readers back for more in the next issue.

3.5 out of 5

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