In Review: Xena: Warrior Princess Vol. 4 #2

Tension mounts as Xena and Gabrielle make their way to Athens

Review: Tension mounts as Xena and Gabrielle make their way to Athens and a reaction to an unexpected circumstance could separate our two unlikely companions just as their journey has begun.

Review: Meredith Finch continues her Xena story, which continues to come off as a reboot, but this issue starts with a dream sequence in which Xena is watching her own terrible behavior as a warlord in the third person. Vicente Cifuentes does a superb job of illustrating this sequence, which sees a ghostly figure of Xena following her old exploits and being genuinely shocked by her old ways.

This dream sequence is broken when Gabrielle wakes Xena and a long one-way conversation begins in which the eager to please Gabrielle is talking about her sister and various relationships while Xena politely listens during the long ride to Athens.

We then move to a series of panels set on board a ship in which Xena’s enemy Calisto is engineering another one of her plots, which involves slave girls and illicit cargos.

The issue ends with Xena and Gabrielle splitting up over an incident of Gabrielle’s enthusiasm for adventure and little regard for danger.

The writing in this book is really true to the television series and characters from the hit 90’s show. I only ever really got through the first season of Xena when it was on television and have never really caught up. The way in which Meredith Finch has written the dialogue for the characters only serves to make me want to try and find the time to try and re-watch that first season and subsequent episodes. The writer captures Gabrielle’s capacity for small talk and general chatter really well. I also loved the brief appearance of Calisto who I’d much rather have a date with than Xena, which probably tells you a lot about me. Always have had a soft spot for a bad girl. But it will be fun to see what happens when Xena and Calisto eventually square off against each other.

Overall. A really solid second issue with some comedic antics involving some cyclop’s that thought they were going to get a royal meal. I look forward to what this team brings us in the third issue next month.

Xena: Warrior Princess Vol. 4 #2
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Ian Cullen is the founder of 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: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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