For those of you who love fantasy (like me!) this comic is sure to please.

Amy Winston a bit of an outcast. She lives with her mother, Graciel, in a mobile home, never staying in any one place for long. On Amy’s seventeenth birthday, her mother reveals a great secret: they are going home to the magical world of Nilaa, where Amy is really Princess Amaya, the heir of House Amethyst and rightful ruler of that land! They transport there only to be ambushed by minions of Graciel’s sister, Amaya’s Aunt Mordiel, who wants to keep all the power for herself! Amaya must stick close to her mother and learn all she can about this new world – else it could be lost forever.

I had never read a fantasy comic before and was quite pleasantly surprised that all the elements I look for in a fantasy novel were right here, and then some. You have a protagonist who sticks to her sense of justice, and to her heart. Even though she is apprehensive about her newfound responsibilities, she shoulders them with dignity and besides, has the help of many newfound friends. Amy is as strong a female character as they come. The worldbuilding is fantastic, supplemented greatly by the colorful, dynamic art. There are many different gem regions, and we visit a couple throughout the course of the story. They all have their unique style and look, which ultimately enriches the world – arguably, better than a regular novel!

There were also some extras at the end: a Beowulf reboot that insinuates Beowulf may be a hero out of time, and Stalker, who makes a deal with the devil to save his dying wife. Constantine even shows up a few times in the Amethyst story, making for a delightful crossover with some very witty banter between Amaya and John.

Unfortunately, this reboot was cancelled. This graphic novel contains the entire run. I was so upset when I looked it up! It’s a gem of a graphic novel if I ever read one. However, if you read this and find yourself hooked but mourning for what could have been, never fear! DC has also released a Showcase volume of Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld, the original 1980’s series, in one big volume. I have it, but the review may take a while – my semester just started! I have no doubt it will be worth it after reading and loving the unfortunately way too short reboot.

– Kathleen