[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Xena and Gabrielle finish fighting defending a family of travellers from a group of bandits when they are approached by another desperate soul. The man brings Xena and Gabrielle back to his village, where he says the children are being threatened by the goddess Discord. This seems to be the case when our two heroes investigate the village, but no one is saying why Discord wants the children. Stranger yet, the children are immensely strong. Finally, at a village meeting, some light is shone on the mystery.
Xena: Warrior Princess #1 brings us back to the adventures of Xena and Gabrielle across the lands of Greece in the Age of Olympian Gods.
I feel a disclaimer is polite here; the Xena: Warrior Princess show was before my time. I never went back to revisit it, but I more-or-less have the gist of the show. I’ve read an issue or two of previous Dynamite Entertainment Xena series, but a fresh start seems as good a time as any to try it out again.
And, this comic is pretty fun. Xena and Gabrielle make for an endearing duo, and their personalities contrast quite well. The crisis of Discord threatening to abduct the village children makes for a nice story and a challenge for Xena.
Xena’s personality is entertaining too. She’s a rough and tough warrior, but she has a more compassionate side beneath that.
Olympia Sweetman’s artwork is sleek and straightforward, and it serves the comic quite well. It evokes the feeling of high adventure and fantasy this comic needs. The backgrounds are a little underdone at times, but that doesn’t hurt the book too badly. Rebecca Nalty’s colors are vibrant and well-balanced, which adds a lot to the book too.
Xena: Warrior Princess #1 is an exciting and fun first step for this new start to the series. Vita Ayala scripts an entertaining story, and Sweetman and Nalty craft an appealing visual style. This one is worth a recommendation. Feel free to pick it up.
Xena: Warrior Princess #1 comes to us from writer Vita Ayala, artist Olympia Sweetman, color artist Rebecca Nalty, letterer Ariana Maher, cover artist David Mack, and variant cover artists Emanuela Lupacchino, Erica Henderson, Paulina Ganucheau, and Raul Allen with Patricia Martin.