Synopsis: Xena’s search for redemption at the temple of Eleos has unexpected consequences, and Gabrielle falls victim to one of the oldest tricks in the book. This unlikely pair will be forced to rely upon each other if they are going to survive their sojourn in the city of gods… if they don’t kill each other first.
Review: Meredith Finch continues her journey into the world of Xena with this third issue of the story arc, which is a retelling of Xena’s first adventure with Gabrielle.
The story picks up with Xena praying to the goddess Eleos for a path to redemption. Vicente Cifuentes artwork depicting this temple is truly awesome. As someone that has read a lot of Greek Mythology and seen a lot of reference material for the various building and temples of Ancient Greece. I can appreciate the level of work that Cifuentes has put in here.
While Xena is praying Gabrielle is busy checking out the sights and sounds of the city, but is soon distracted by a pickpocket. A chase ensues until eventually, Gabrielle bumps into Xena who is facing down against several Roman Centurians. Of course, Gabrielle impetuous as ever just jumps into the fray and convinces the soldiers that Xena is not the Xena they think she is. A lot of great one-liners are delivered here as Gabrielle spins story after story about her sister’s tendency to adopt different personas and the toll it takes on their dear father’s heart.
After that, the story goes to Xena taking off with Gabrielle to sort out some unfinished business. But while all this is going on. Gabrielle is finding new ways to get into trouble. Thus we get another cliffhanger, which introduces us to Gabrielle’s real sister.
Overall. This was a great issue with lots of character development for the two leads. I’m still very much invested in seeing where this goes and look forward to the fourth issue, which will be released next month.