New take on Amethyst doesn't sound as good as the original
SWORD OF SORCERY – Writer: Christy Marx. Artist: Aaron Lopresti.In the original story, Amy Winston/Amethyst's adversary was Dark Opal, a warlord who'd murdered her true parents in the Gemworld dimension, and after finding herself in that world again (where she discovered there's an age difference of about 6 years from Earth's turning her older), she'd traveled through Gemworld's kingdoms gathering allies to help bring about his defeat. But this new rendition makes it sound more like a family feud than a story sporting a real foe. That's hardly an improvement on any screw-ups the heroine went through in later takes on the premise. Making the enemy a member of the very same family actually cheapens the impact.
Featuring the return of Amethyst, Amy Winston leads a strange life on the road with her mother and resents it. She’s about to learn it’s all been necessary when she discovers she’s the lost princess of Gemworld—and she’s being hunted by her murderous aunt. With a back-up story written by Tony Bedard with art by Jesus Saiz, set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the monstrous warrior Beowulf is charged with finding and defeating the evil Grendel.
The list of new items from DC also tells that Dan DiDio himself will be writing a new take on the Phantom Stranger, and I won't be surprised if that ends up the least successful of the bunch, since DiDio's name alone has already been enough to drive people away, and sure didn't help the Outsiders when he wrote it a few years ago.