Issue by Issue – Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld Vol.2 #7

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

Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn take the bulk of this book to tell the story of the events that led to the creation of Fire Jade. It comes from the mouth of Prince Garnet as he relates the tragic tale to Princess Amethyst and it begins at a party. It is an affair that sees all the rulers of Gemworld assembled, where a young Dark Opal still lives, having just deposed his father and taken his place and where Lord and Lady Amethyst are still alive as well. It is by all accounts, a joyous affair until Lord Emerald opens up a gift and that is where it all goes wrong. A spirit from the realm of the dead springs forth to plant its gift upon the lips of Lord Emerald, thereby killing him and thankfully Citrina is on hand to at least put a halt to the events taking place. Her magic weakens though and she is not able to hold the spirit forever nor close the box thereby sending it back so it is up to Prince Garnet and Princess Emerald to go inside and rescue the Lord, their living bodies not being affected by the dead unless they allow fear to enter their minds. It is a daring mission and the two come across more victims, those whose souls must have been dispatched from their bodies in the same manner after they had arrived. Eventually, the two make their way to the cause of it all and discover the monster behind it all and it is only thanks to Lord Garnet that they are able to succeed in their quest. It is a story that is filled with a bit of suspense and a touch of horror and it not only provides the reader with the origin of Fire Jade but it also puts the spotlight on some of the characters who inhabit Gemworld, those who do not often fall under it and it is good to learn more about them and their history as well. There are appearances from Amy’s parents when the book opens as well as Topaz and Turquoise and just a bit of court intrigue involving Lord Aquamarine and Garnet, yet for the most part, this was an issue that looked to the past and by doing so, moved the story forward in the present. Great stuff from Mishkin, Cohn and the artistic team of Ric Estrada and Bob Smith.

4 out of 5

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