Issue by Issue – Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld Vol.3 #2

Writer – Keith Giffen, Mindy Newell
Artist – Esteban Maroto
Colorus – Tatjana Wood
Letters – John Costanza

Opening in the garden of White Opal, Amethyst tells him that she needs to seek out the evil that is plaguing the Gemworld before it all falls to Chaos. While he agrees, he knows not how she will accomplish such though she be a Lord of Order. As she tells him how, they are soon transported to where the young Prince Wrynn, now Mordru is and while that confrontation takes place, young Prince Donal heads back to Castle Topaz in order to put a stop to the evil Amethyst has talked about. For a good portion of the book, writers Keith Giffen and Mindy Newell have the story focus upon that battle between good and evil, between Amethyst and Mordru and much of it is verbal in form. Amethyst is confident and sure of herself, no longer the scared little girl she once was while the agent of Chaos does a lot of blustering, threatening her with all that Chaos can bring to the Gemworld. Words can only do so much though and it is not long before Amethyst is forced to take care of Mordru in a more permanent fashion. Be that as it may though, the forces of Chaos are not out of tricks as of yet and just when Amethyst is about to pull out a win, Flaw shows back up with Emmy in hand, dragged back from Earth. Elsewhere, Donal has returned home to find it barren, the city and the castle deserted except for a room that he discovers full of horrors. The man cannot believe what he sees and it is more than he can bear. Surprisingly, his little sister is alive and well and tells him of his parents who are in hiding and after she leads him there, once again, he cannot believe what he sees. Despite there seeming like very little happening, there is in fact a lot and most of it dealing with Amethyst, what she is and why she is back. It is a fascinating read and readers have to give with writers of this book credit for creating a story far more compelling than what they delivered in the last volume of this title. Along with Esteban Maroto, they have created a real, fantastical tale that enchants from page to page and tapered with horror to give it that perfect edge. A great book on all fronts.

4 out of 5

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