Issue by Issue – Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld Vol.2 #11

Writer – Gary Cohn, Ernie Colón
Artist – Ernie Colón
Inker – Karl Kesel
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letters – Agustin Mas

The Ancient Ones have been pacified but all is not right on Gemworld as Amethyst feels betrayed by the two people she trusted the most, namely Prince Topaz and Lady Turquoise. They have fallen in love and while they were not specifically looking to do so, it happened and the fallout just so happens to be Amethyst reduced to friend instead of love interest. So it is that Amethyst flees from them, her feelings and the sight of them more than she can bear at the moment. As she breaks away, she passes over what used to be the realm of Dark Opal and something is happening below, something that cannot be good. As Topaz and Turquoise catch up to Amethyst, a giant being rises from the earth and there is nothing the three of them are able to do against it, so powerful is the creature. It is only through what can be called luck that they survive as the monster is sucked through a portal. It is a great bit of action amidst the drama that finds the companions begging Amethyst to stay, that her role as protector of Gemworld is essential. Be that as it may, she goes back to Earth where she feels not only normal but loved. Ernie Colón who not only draws each and every beautiful page within also does the scripting as Gary Cohn provides a plot to work from and it ends up being quite a strong issue, not only furthering the plot featuring its heroine but those sub-plots with Sardonyx and Carnelian. The former sees him getting chewed out by his wife with some constructive criticism, trying to set him upon a path of strength, one he has strayed from and needs to get back upon. As for Carnelian, the boy has become quite dangerous, more so after gaining Dark Opal’s medallion, a sentient piece of jewellery that looks to be as evil as its owner. Carnelian has big plans, plans that involve the rule of Gemworld and he will do whatever it takes to make it a reality. There is plenty of drama and scheming to be found in this issue, one where Amethyst might be a thing of the past with only Amy, the girl, remaining. A solid issue from beginning to end by a great creative that leaves readers wanting more which is what all good books should do.

4 out of 5

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