Title: Xena: Warrior Princess Vol. 4 #1
Words: Meredith Finch
Art: Vicente Cifuentes
Colors: Triona Farrell
Letters: Cardinal Rae
Publication Date: February 14, 2018
“The path to redemption is never easy, and the journey of a warrior princess seeking to wash the blood of innocents from her hands is no exception. Xena travels to Athens, to plead for redemption in the temple of Eleos. But some things can never be forgiven and the shadows of past sins are long. Will Xena find redemption or betrayal waiting for her in the temple of the gods? The power, the passion, the danger… her courage would change the world. Xena: Warrior Princess.”
With her chakram, war cry, and all the classic subtext intact, Xena: Warrior Princess begins with exposition by way of rescue from brigands on the road. Those familiar with the iconic TV show will recognized that the feisty village girl turned bard Xena rescues as Gabrielle and know that the real action and character development is yet to come. In this re-introduction the uninitiated get an action packed explanatory episode and a hint at the great deal of backstory to tell and adventures to experience.
Meredith Finch captures the atmosphere, intelligence and humor of the original and still makes it feel fresh and original. At this point, there is plenty of assurance that the legacy of this magnificent Warrior Princess is in capable hands.
The storybook aesthetic of Vincente Cifuentes’ work leaps from each page building a world that is romantic and robust. This is an epic portrayal of the fierce and fabulous.
The Bottom Line:
If fans are drawn in by nostalgia, so be it, but these beloved characters are in good hands. Nothing much has happened yet, but as the two companions journey down the road the promise of bold tales and sad songs are sure to be fulfilled in abundance.
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