Synopsis: The path to redemption is never easy, and the journey of a warrior princess seeking to wash the blood of innocents from her hands is no exception. Xena travels to Athens, to plead for redemption in the temple of Eleos. But some things can never be forgiven and the shadows of past sins are long. Will Xena find redemption or betrayal waiting for her in the temple of the gods?
Review: This first issue of Dynamite’s latest incarnation of Xena is a retelling of who Xena and Gabrielle first meet.
The story opens up with Gabrielle bumping into Jax and his gang of thieves who attempt to rob her. They seem to have Gabrielle at a disadvantage but she continues to try and outsmart them with her wit and suggests they perhaps consider seeking employment from Rome.
Xena is introduced toward the end of the first issue and helps even the scales enabling Gabrielle to fight off Jax and his men. Jax chooses to run rather than stick around knowing full well that Xena has his measure.
Fans of the television series will be very familiar with this story and how it is set up, but will most likely enjoy the retelling of it anyway from the nostalgia point of view. Writer Meredith Finch captures the voices of Gabriella and Xena perfectly. Especially when it comes to some of the smart remarks that Gabrielle makes towards Jax.
I have to laugh at the one-way conversation that Gabrielle was having with Xena toward the end of the book when she starts talking about her sister’s crush on Hercules and making a lot of small talk. I also found it funny when Xena muttered her regret at allowing Gabrielle to accompany her on her journey.
The artwork from Vicente Cifuenes is really nice. The artist captures the likeness of Xena and Gabrielle fairly well and his fine line work is complemented by some nice color work from Triona Farrell.
Overall. This is a fantastic first issue and a great introduction and leaping on point for those that are not familiar with the characters or the television show. Which can only be a good thing for the Xena fanbase, which to this day remains extremely loyal.