Review: AMETHYST #1
[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writer: Amy Reeder
Artist: Amy Reeder
Colorist: Amy Reeder
Letterer: Gabriela Downie
Reviewed by: Jose Zuazua
Following her triumphant reintroduction in the pages of Young Justice, the new Amethyst miniseries follows teenager Amy Winston—a.k.a. Princess Amethyst—as she returns to her magical kingdom to celebrate her 16th birthday in style. The only problem? Her kingdom is missing, her subjects have vanished, and none in the realm of Gemworld—even her best friend, Lady Turquoise—remain loyal to her house!
Amy Reeder’s issue has many positives, but the first I’d like to mention is the dialogue. Exchanges between characters are witty and natural, as if you’re eavesdropping on some long-time friends have a discussion. And even then, none of the dialogue is heavy on exposition; characters speak as much as they need to without having to explain the plot to the reader.
Her art style pops off the page, with a vibrant color palette that gels well with the otherworldly setting within the book. Her tight compositions and sequential panel work vividly tell the story in a rapid pace. I was actually pleasantly surprised with how fast the book felt.
Reminds me a little bit of Noelle Stevenson’s She-Ra reboot for Netflix, which isn’t a bad thing because that reboot is incredible.
There’s a particular sequence whose panel order threw me off a bit BUT I was able to step back, re-read it and jump right back in.
With dialogue that felt real and artwork that never bogged down the beat of the book, AMETHYST is a fun breeze of a read. I’d like to see how the rest of the series pans out.
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