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Showcase Presents: Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld Vol. 01 (edition 2012)

by Gary Cohn, Various (Illustrator)

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Title:Showcase Presents: Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld Vol. 01
Authors:Gary Cohn
Other authors:Various (Illustrator)
Info:DC Comics (2012), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 648 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:graphic novel, fantasy, superheroes, magical girl, read in 2012

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Showcase Presents: Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld Vol. 1 by Gary Cohn

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Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld was a comic series published by DC in the 1980s. Unlike many superhero comics, Amethyst falls more into the realm of fantasy. It's reminiscent of the 1980s cartoon She-Ra: Princess of Power and appeals to a certain nostalgia I have as a child of the 80s who loved She-Ra and the like when I was a girl. This huge "Showcase Presents" collection published in 2012 is 645 pages long and contains the original 12 issue "maxi-series" as well as issues #1-#11 of the subsequent ongoing monthly series and Amethyst Annual #1. The publishers/editors have gone even further and included DC Comics Presents #63 and Amethyst's first appearance from the Legion of Super-Heroes #298. That's a lot of comics and pretty amazing. Unfortunately, as with all "Showcase Presents" collections, it is presented in black and white. By omitting the colour they are able to charge a very reasonable price for their collections, and I guess we are all used to the black and white Japanese comics (manga) now anyways. Still, there were moments when I would have liked to see the panels in their original colouring, and if they release an "Archives" edition or something I will be in line to snap it up!

The summary: Amy Winston is a normal junior high student, but on her thirteenth birthday she receives a strange and magical gem - an amethyst - and realizes that she is in fact Princess Amethyst of the Gemworld, a parallel world of magic and sorcery! Transported to the Gemworld, Amy finds that as Amethyst she is a fully grown adult woman with magic powers and the heir to the throne of the Amethyst kingdom. All of the kingdoms on Gemworld are named after precious stones and the rulers have magical powers which are channelled through their stones. The Gemworld is under the dictatorship of Dark Opal, who has been trying to get fragments of all of the ruling families' stones so that he can control everything. The House of Amethyst once ruled the lands peacefully, but Dark Opal killed the original King and Queen Amethyst (Amethyst/Amy's real parents) and has been ruling the other royal houses through threats, intimidation, dark magic, and cruelty. When Princess Amethyst reappears the other houses rally around her, ready to depose Dark Opal and his monstrous minions. Along the way, Amethyst meets up with some allies and friends in the witch mother Citrina, the monster Granch, the beautiful and handsome Lord Topaz, the red-haired warrior woman Lady Turquoise, the princesses of Emerald, and Amethyst's very own flying steed!

This is a lot of fun and readable. Will appeal to people who grew up with She-Ra: Princess of Power, Jem and the Holograms, Sailor Moon, etc. There's just something about a pretty girl with magical powers who rides a flying horse and saves fantasy kingdoms that I find incredibly FUN. We get to watch Amy Winston grow from a little girl into the leader Amethyst and see how her friendship and goodwill versus Dark Opal's callous disregard for his own allies leads to his defeat. Fun! ( )
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Gary Cohnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mishkin, DanAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Colon, ErnieIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cullins, ParisIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Estrada, RicIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Perez, GeorgeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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