Issue by Issue – Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld Vol.3 #4

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

The final issue of Amethyst’s third volume comes to a close with this book and it ends with a lot of tragedy, a bit of hope and a little happiness. It is all about endings as Keith Giffen and Mindy Newell wrap things up, bringing the Gemworld a little peace with the conviction of Mordru/Prince Wrynn. With various kingdoms having been destroyed or in great turmoil because of his actions, the sentence is death with no votes dissenting, including those of his parents though it breaks their heart. With one son lost, Topaz and Turquoise are now about to lose the other and it is just too much to bear. For Amethyst, death is not enough and the speed with which it is happening is unacceptable, so she must take matters into her own hands. Confronting Mordru, she tells him that Donal’s spirit is restless and only Mordru can bring peace to his brother. So it is that while he begs for death then and there, Amethyst has something else in mind and merges him with the Gemworld itself, not dead but not fully alive either and aware of everything that takes place as his body is consumed inside and out for as long as Gemworld exists. After every ending must come a beginning though and for Amber, the daughter of Turquoise and Topaz, she will now take Amy Winston’s place on earth, continuing the cycle that Citrina began so long ago and it is with Emmy that she will stay, life on Gemworld no longer having anything to hold either of them to it. The writers of this story make it a sad moment in a number of ways as readers think back to Amy/Amethyst’s origin, as they see the fresh heartbreak it brings to Turquoise and the fact that it has now come full circle with Amethyst having to take this upon herself. Amethyst also gets an ending herself, one that finds her back in the gardens of White Opal where he talks with Carnelian, a man who has found himself in love with her over the years and who will never have that love returned. It is in this spot that she returns to what she was when the series began, a statue of a woman who is at peace now that the Gemworld, her home, is finally safe. The great thing about this story, aside from the otherworldly artwork by Esteban Maroto who truly outdid himself on this book, is that unlike the other volumes of the series that felt more modern in tone, this one went the pure fantasy route along with changing up the dialogue to make it feel as such and it worked on every level. The book leaves off with a vision of the future, one that finds a young witch looking to the past, to a legend and it leaves the reader a little giddy as the possibilities that could take place after this are endless and slightly disappointed as nothing would ultimately come of it. All good things as they say but it was an amazing ride.

4 out of 5

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