Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld revived by DC Comics
Published Jun 9 2012, 13:38 BST | By Hugh Armitage
Amethyst will make her return to DC Comics.
The fan favourite Princess of Gemworld will return in the newly-announced Sword of Sorcery
The title will be written by Christy Marx
, the creator of the '80s animated series Jem and the Holograms
"Dan DiDio called me up out of the blue and said, 'Hey you remember Amethyst?'" Marx told io9
. "And I said, 'Sure, I read the whole series when she came out'.
"And he said, 'Well, we're giving her a new series and a reboot - would you be interested?' And I said, 'Hell yeah!'"
The original series featured Amy Winston, a young girl who discovers that she is the orphaned princess from a magical kingdom.
"This will be a complete reboot," Marx continued. "The first thing I wanted to do - based on the tonal guidance Dan gave me - was age her up a bit. She's just turning 17 rather than being 13.
"She has a very different family background, but the same basic things are there. She grew up on Earth with a strange childhood and ends up back in her homeworld which she's never seen before.
"I'm taking a more intimate, familial approach to her adversary, who is her homicidal aunt who does not want to share power. I'm going for something dynastic with emotional complexity that will draw people in, and not just a bunch of people swinging swords.
"I'm trying to avoid a sparkly-crystals-and-pegasuses kind of approach. This is an alien world with blood powers that are related to crystals, but I'm going for a much more holistic approach."
The Sword of Sorcery
anthology will set Amethyst in the lead story with a back-up featuring Beowulf and Grendel.
It was announced alongside new titles Talon
, The Phantom Stranger
and Team Seven
, which will all debut with an issue #0 in September