Comic Review: Amethyst #4 (DC Comics)

The dialogue continues to shine brightly in DC’s Amethyst #4, with story AND art by Amy Reeder. Amethyst, in this story arc looking to rescue her parents in Gemworld, has […]

The dialogue continues to shine brightly in DC’s Amethyst #4, with story AND art by Amy Reeder.

Amethyst, in this story arc looking to rescue her parents in Gemworld, has her work cut out for her. Shunned and despised by her former allies and subjects, Amethyst has been forced to conduct a search accompanied by two unlikely companions, neither one a ‘great friend’ nor overly willing travel mate. So much for a magical ride!

And now, the confrontation with Dark Opal, the dangerous personality who claims to have captured Amethyst’s parents!

Reeder plays it sharp and (again, for the intended audience) deliberately adult. The deep understanding of how to tell a story, with the narrative pulling the reader into comparisons, associations, and other wayward thoughts (references to watching cartoons, etc) is a delicate dance, and Reeder knows the steps. The drawings are imaginative, the characters outraged, sulky, and argumentative.

No argument here, the book is a pleasure to read, Marissa Louise contributes vivid and unique colour, the panel shapes and shards make us pay attention to transitions of mood and geography. Let’s support this title, and keep it on the map!

DC Comics, Amethyst #4, $3.99 for 24 pages of content. Assume Teen

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!