Review- Xena Warrior Princess #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)

Xena Warrior Princess #1
Xena Warrior Princess #1
  • Writing - 4/10
  • Art - 4/10
  • Overall - 4/10
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Xena Warrior Princess #1

Writer: Vita Ayala
Artist: Olympia Sweetman
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Letter: Ariana Maher
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Release: April 17, 2019

Xena is back in comic book form at Dynamite Entertainment. She has all new adventures waiting for her and Gabrielle


Xena And Gabrielle Are Back In Warrior Princess #1


Xena the Warrior Princess and Gabrielle are back at Dynamite Comics. In Xena Warrior Princess #1 we find Xena doing what she does the best fighting off bad guys and saving the day. But in lands were gods and monsters rule strange things can come about more often than not. Xena is sought for help in a strange town with some super strong children. Why are the townspeople so afraid? And what awaits Xena and Gabrielle as they come to help?


Xena Warrior Princess #1 Cover B By Emanuela Lupacchino
Xena Warrior Princess #1 Cover B By Emanuela Lupacchino

So, again much like a lot of other series I have read recently based on television shows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Six Million Dollar Man). I have never really seen an episode of Xena: Warrior Princess. I have seen bits and pieces of most likely it coming on before King of the Hill or The Simpsons or some other show back in the day. That being said Xena Warrior Princess #1 was my first full Xena story. It wasn’t terrible but it also didn’t make me want to watch or seek out other Xena stories.

Vita Ayala writes a pretty straightforward story in the first issue. There is no time wasted and I like that we kind of get right into the “thick of it” right off the bat. We are dropped into Xena’s world and off we go. For me, being a person with no knowledge of Xena it worked and didn’t work. I like finding out a little bit and pieces about characters like this, but also we don’t get much. 

I didn’t really learn anything about Xena or Gabrielle to make them that interesting. The story isn’t that compelling or interesting. It kind of jumps weirdly also. For instance, Xena and Gabrielle enter this town and Gabrielle seems like best friends with these kids on the very next page. There seems like in several instances there were scenes missing or cut out of the story.


The art at the beginning of Xena Warrior Princess #1 was pretty solid. I had this kind of Archie Digest type feel to it. Olympia Sweetman did some fine cartooning at the beginning stages of the book. The characters had a good likeness to the actors on the television series while still retaining and individualistic style.  The coloring work from Rebecca Nalty also showed a nice cartoonish, brightness to the issue.

I am not sure what happened between the start of the issue and the end? But the final pages are not very well done. The end fight scene was not good at all. It wasn’t choreographed or sequentially done well. Things happen, people get punched or kicked or dropped without any real context of what is going on. It all looks a little awkward and probably the biggest sin in a fight scene boring. On the final page dramatic shot of Xena, it is all sorts of body proportion weirdness, The neck position looks awkward and her hands are massive compared to her body.


Xena Warrior Princess #1 was my first real exposer to the character and sadly it wasn’t great. I liked the beginning of the issue. The story started off fast and dropped us into this world. But it never really gave me anything to latch onto with the characters or made them interesting to me or care about them or the story at hand. I was digging the art at the beginning, the more cartoonish style felt like a good fit. As the issue progressed the art seemed to downgrade and by the end, it just wasn’t good. The final fight scene was a mess and just un-exciting and lacked imagination.

It does have some beautiful covers and variant covers, so it has that going for it. Fans of the show may have a better perspective. If you are a Xena fan I would love to hear your thoughts on the issue? Did you like it? Was it true to the character? Let us know in the comments.


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