Synopsis: Confronted by a victim from her murderous past, Xena must decide what price she is willing to pay for her sins. But is Gabrielle willing to let her? All roads lead to one final epic battle between present and past, for the soul of a Warrior Princess.
Review: This issue brings the conflict between Callisto and Xena to a head and caught in the middle is Gabrielle. I never watched enough of Xena Warrior Princess when it was on the air to understand why Callisto had such strong hatred toward Xena, but thanks to this issue I have learned something new.
The dialogue between Xena and Callisto during the build-up to their inevitable sword battle is absolutely brilliant. As is Gabrielle’s little bit of dialogue when she tries to talk Callisto down.
The issue flies by at a breakneck pace and Meredith Finch’s writing and understanding of the conflict really sells it. As does the stunning artwork by Vicente Cifuentes.
Although Xena and Callisto is the central conflict in this issue. Gabrielle also gets a battle of her own as she tries to free the prisoners kept in the ship’s brig, but has her own obstacle to overcome along the way.
This issue flies by at such a rate that you don’t really feel that too much time has passed while you’ve been reading it.
Overall. This was a superb issue, which not only shows the central conflict between Xena and Callisto but also solidifies Xena’s relationship with Gabrielle, which was the very beating heart of the television series when it was on the air.
We end on a good note with the prisoner’s going free, but it also ends on a note where Xena is having to take responsibility for her past actions and journey out to try and find and hopefully help Callisto find peace.