In Review: Xena: Warrior Princess (2019-) #1

VITA AYALA (Black Panther, Shuri, Wonder Woman, The Wilds) and artist OLYMPIA SWEETMAN throw Xena and her companion Gabrielle headfirst into a mysterious adventure.
Synopsis: In a time of ancient gods, warlords and kings…a land in turmoil called out for a hero! She was XENA, a mighty princess forged in the heat of battle! In this all-new series, writer VITA AYALA (Black Panther, Shuri, Wonder Woman, The Wilds) and artist OLYMPIA SWEETMAN throw Xena and her companion Gabrielle headfirst into a mysterious adventure. Can Xena discover the secrets of a village full of super-strong children, before jealous and petty GODS get involved?
Review: Dynamite begins a new story arc of Xena Warrior Princess for 2019 with Vita Ayala taking the helm. 

The Story

When Xena and Gabrielle are approached by a stranger. They are taken to a village where all the children have extraordinary strength. But what other mysteries are to be found in a village, which is seemingly living in fear of the Goddess Discord.

The Artwork

The art from Olympia Sweetman shows a good deal of promise insofar as I get the impression that she is only warming up for this issue, which is somewhat light on action and heavy on character beats and dialogue.

Her drawing of some of the settings and the village is very true to the sort of locations seen in the TV series and the likenesses of Xena and Gabrielle are pretty in keeping with how they appeared in the television series.

Overall

This is a promising start to what looks like it could well be another interesting story arc. The writer obviously has a good grip on the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle, which was a huge selling point of the television show. And yes. Gabrielle is just as annoyingly chatty as she is in the TV show.

I loved the premise of the Goddess Discord holding the village hostage by threatening to take the children. And the closing page offers up an excellent cliffhanger.

9.3
Xena: Warrior Princess (2019-) #1
  • Covers
    9.8
  • Story
    9.0
  • Artwork
    8.8
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    9.3

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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