Issue by Issue – Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld Vol.2 #15

Writer – Keith Giffen, Mindy Newell
Artist – Ernie Colón
Inker – Karl Kesel
Colours – Tatjana Wood
Letters – Agustin Mas

Dark Opal has returned and yet, just like that not mere moments later, he is no more. In his place stands a child and a creature that Amethyst and company come to know as Flaw, representatives of the power Dark Opal had bargained with. There is some confusion as to whether the two bring good or ill tidings, after all, they just destroyed Dark Opal and yet, it is quite obvious that they have intentions of their own and it is soon apparent that they are not what anyone would call good. The Diamond Priest lies to the side, shards of Dark Opal embedded all over his body due to the dramatic entrance of these new players, the child can read Amethyst’s mind and boasts of power and Flaw is a brute who has no qualms about lashing out at the merest provocation. It is here that Lord Garnet challenges Flaw to a duel and it does not go well for the man. Flaw is a beast and seemingly undefeatable and Garnet takes the beating of his life. While this takes place, it finally gets to the point where Amethyst has had enough and she soon discovers that whatever she might be now, Lord of Order or not, it affects the child negatively, he being of darkness and while he boasts and brags, readers can see that he is afraid of her as blind as she might be. Amethyst soon finds herself under attack and while she is finally able to fend off the darkness that envelops her, the entire castle is soon brought down upon their heads while the villains make good on their escape, the fate of the heroes unknown. Joining this book once again is Mindy Newell who provides the script from Keith Giffen’s plot and she does a great job of it, the story being quite interesting, especially when it comes to these two new characters. While it would be nice to see a bit more happening in the Gemworld, Amethyst at least manages to discover how her powers work now, at least a little bit and how she might use them to see her surroundings. The ending of the book was quite shocking and though most would assume that everyone buried under the rubble will survive, they did take quite a thrashing from the monster called Flaw beforehand making their chances of doing so less than they would have been. A fun book altogether with some great artwork by Ernie Colón and Karl Kesel to top it all off.

3.5 out of 5

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