I accidentally blew away most of the images on this blog and have been adding them back to my Amethyst posts. I just realized that I hadn’t actually finished covering the very odd time Amethyst popped up in the Convergence/Book Of Fate/Weirodoverse crossover issues in the 90s.
Amethyst does appear briefly at the end of Book of Fate 8, where she takes a bath, evilly.
She shows up again to flirt with Fate in an ill-fitting purple bikini.
Other things happen, and eventually Fate gets sent to a future alien plant to hang out with Lobo!? I was really not paying very close attention at this point, but Amethyst does show up again as an old lady.
And that’s about it, for Amethyst appearances in this obscure corner of the 1990s. I do plan to cover some of the Amethyst references in Legion of Super-Heroes soon.
Here’s something fun, it is a sketch of Amethyst by Chris Haley!
Chris’ Etsy store has a great selection of prints. I bought Sad Batman and Superman: Flying is the best, which I intend to frame one day and place in my Nerd/Crafting Room, once I have a house big enough to support me having a Nerd/Crafting room.
I keep meaning to do a bit more with this blog but life is pretty hectic right now. But for something fun to do, you can head on over to the DC Nation Animated Shorts page and vote for Amethyst as often as you would like to.
Here’s a complete playlist of the great Amethyst Princess of Gemworld cartoon shorts for your enjoyment:
Also, be sure to check out Brianne Drouhard’s blog for plenty of Amethyst sketch goodness.
I find Prince Topaz’s characterization in this short amusing:
Sword of Sorcery‘s cancellation was recently announced. I can’t say I’m particularly surprised, as I’ve heard that the sales on the title were not good. I wonder if it would have done better at a lower price point without being split into a shorter main story + backup story. I really wish that DC had developed more of an all-ages title built around the cartoon shorts, because they really have that extra spark that could inspire more fans. Sword of Sorcery I was reading just out of a general sense of resignation because I wanted to see what would happen with this revised Amethyst character.
A shakeycam Episode 3:
I really like this version of the Gemworld, with everything in it being animate and talking. It seems like a nice way of calling back to the original series art, where so many random things had faces. This just appeals to me so much more than the Sword of Sorcery reboot. The animated Amethyst is a different version, but it just seems so much more in keeping with the intent of the original comic series
This is just as cute, adorable, and Gemworldish as I was hoping. I’m going to just pretend that the Sword of Sorcery comic isn’t really happening, because if Amethyst had to be rebooted, Magical Girl Amethyst seems so much closer to the spirit of the original series.
Also, so enjoyed seeing mini video game Prince Topaz get promptly killed by Dark Opal. Seriously, why couldn’t we have had a comic book to tie in to the animated short?
Take a look at this! I think it is finally airing?
via Potato Farm Girl
Showcase Presents: Amethyst Princess of Gemworld
I did buy and read the Showcase Presents: Amethyst Princess of Gemworld collected volume last month. It was fun to revisit the series even though it was a bit jarring to be reading the issues in black and white instead of color. After a little bit though, I was able to settle in and I picked up on some new details here and there that I hadn’t seen before in the color issues, particularly the way Ernie Colon drew different kingdoms of the Gemworld that were distinguished with varied architecture and setting, in addition to color palette. I’d forgotten what a good deal this was. In addition to the 12 issue maxiseries, it also has a good portion of the second series, and the first appearance of Amethyst as a back-up story in Legion of Superheroes, and the fun DC Comics Presents story where Amethyst teams up with Superman. This really is a great value, although I’d still recommend that people try to track down some of the color issues as well.
Sword of Sorcery Issues 1 and 2
I’ve been reading Sword of Sorcery on Comixology, more from a sense of duty as someone who has dedicated a bunch of time to the Amethyst character than from any meaningful enjoyment. The art continues to be very nice as new houses of this version of the Gemworld are introduced. Citrine is a loyal Amethyst ally and filled with warrior women. Diamond has shifted from priests to a noble house filled with brawling sons. House Onyx is filled with shaven-headed ninjas. There are also some good character-based moments of humor where modern girl Amy encounters the quasi medieval/mystical culture of the Gemworld. However, while many of the aspects of the comic are well-executed, I’m not seeing much to convince me that this particular reboot was very necessary. Also, in the second issue the Diamond Prince Hadran shows himself to be a good guy by preventing his older brother from raping the new wife of one of their soldiers. So that’s two attempted rapes used to establish character traits in three issues. I’m expecting that the next issue will skip with the raping, and then perhaps there will be a new character introduced in issue four who will be presented as sympathetic to the reader by preventing yet another rape. Seriously, there weren’t any puppies to save or Gemworld street urchins to rescue?