Xena: Warrior Princess #1

Xena: Warrior Princess #1

Writer: Genevieve Valentine Artist: Ariel Medel Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: April 13, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 1
6.1Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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After the Twilight of the Gods, the world is precariously uncertain - and Xena and Gabrielle have been missing from it for twenty-five years. Even without Livia, the power of Rome is growing: Caesar is determined to conquer by lies what he can't conquer by force, and the people at its edges know what's coming. (All roads lead to Rome, and Rome is hunting.) Xena and Gabrielle scramble to stop him before they have to wage war against a man they once called a friend. But along the way, Xena will have to confront her past against a rogue band of women warriors, and Gabrielle, whose secret visions are becoming prophecy, will have to protect Xena - at any cost.

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 16, 2016

    Readers can rejoice for Xena is back! This is a terrific introductory issue that will please the most fervent fans and bring others into the fold. Thank you, Dynamite, for continuing her adventures! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Apr 4, 2016

    I'm pumped for this series, and any '90s kid who watched the TV show should be, too. If you didn't watch the show but are into really cool warriors going on adventures, get stoked. Xena has a little something that everyone can enjoy, and I am so excited to see what more is coming up! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Apr 12, 2016

    This is a fun and light first issue to ease readers back into the world of Xena, with a promising future ahead. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Apr 13, 2016

    It appears that the next issue leads with action, so all of this could turn on its head in an instant, and I think theres little doubt Valentine and Medel are up to the challenge. I may not have been hooked by the first issue of Xena Warrior Princess, but neither was I turned away. 30 days more, and Ill be back for sure. It would be hard to pass up a book with this creative team, or with queer leads both all but guarantee my attention and determination to settle in and get to know Rome just a little bit better. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Project-Nerd - Lee Apr 14, 2016

    This series has potential to be great but this particular issue suffers from having to reintroduce the world of Xena rather than getting the story going. It's a struggle that we see in most superhero movies. Usually the second offering can just hit the ground running and that's what I look forward to seeing with issue two. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Apr 12, 2016

    Xena: Warrior Princess #1 may not have been the exciting opening issue I was hoping for, but it did give us a fun tale for our heroine. It also brought back the iconic character in a bold manner, with the cliffhanger at the end leaving me eager for more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Apr 14, 2016

    All in all, this comic is good but not great. Long-timeXena fans will thrill at the story, though new readers may be slightly confused. The artwork is largely serviceable but contains a few oddities uncharacteristic of a usually excellent art team. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 14, 2016

    While the story occasionally gets a little murky with the time jumps and flashbacks, there's some potential here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Apr 15, 2016

    'Xena: Warrior Princess' #1 unfortunately, disappoints to thrill but does have the potential to become more engaging with a more straight forward approach in the next issue. The disjointed storytelling makes it hard to grasp what's going on or why we should care about Xena and Gabrielle. Valentine has done better work and I expect she'll recover her stride in the issues to follow. I'm cautiously optimistic. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    CourtOfNerds - Emily Slater Apr 13, 2016

    And that's only because I love Xena. If this were any other title, I'd probably pass on the next issue entirely. Overall "okay," with the possibility of setting up a great series if they get it right in the next one. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Graphic Policy - j9 Apr 13, 2016

    That being said, most of my criticisms of this issue are aesthetic. The lettering and linework are too blocky for my eye, and theres not a single character whose face I can consistently bear to look at, including Xenas. The overall look suffers from a lack of detail and consistency, with too many supporting characters having ape-like faces or minimal features, and the coloring is more utilitarian than creative. I had tempered my expectations with regards to the story, but was deeply hoping the comic would give me something far more exciting to look at than what was delivered. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dylan Hicks Apr 14, 2016

    As much as it pains me, I have to give Xena: Warrior Princess #1 2 out of 5 stars. Genevieve tried hard to refresh the reader's memory on the new status quo of this universe, but what came out was jumbled exposition. And the art, though well done, did not break the mold enough for me to be able to suggest the purchase. Though I wouldn't knock the book off just yet. Let's give it a few issues and see if things improve. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Apr 12, 2016

    Overall then, there may just be enough here to appease die-hard Xena fans, providing they can temper their expectations. For the rest of us however, this is likely to fall woefully short, providing a shallow, bland and uninspired dose of fantasy fiction. Its not bad as such, it just feels utterly, utterly forgettable and comes across like a disappointing waste of a potentially brilliant comic book franchise. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Apr 13, 2016

    Xena #1 is an extremely disappointing first outing. The story is jumbled and confusing. There isn't any exposition to really provide any footing to ease into the story. The story feels contrived. The characters don't feel natural; rather, they are just there. The artwork has plenty of flaws with odd neck positions and body language being the most noticeable. Your money is better spent elsewhere. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    BrightestDaycare.com Apr 29, 2016

    This book probably could have benefitted from coming out, oh i don’t know… more than fifteen years ago when the show was still on the air. or even possibly AFTER the new Xena reboot has hit. i feel like i am missing something in reading this, but it is probably just because i haven’t seen anything involving Xena in about a decade. i loved the show, and the characters, and i will gladly put the new series on once it airs, but this series just feels like it’s missing something. maybe it is just because of it’s age, or maybe there is a certain character missing (for my money, it would be Joxer). i really liked this issue, though. it has a lot of the same sensibilities as a Red Sonja story, except this has a TV style to live up to. i like that the characters aren’t really FORCED into looking or behaving EXACTLY like Lucy Lawless and Rene Oconnor, but that they can be a bit different while still being very similar. i imagine this is so that these kinds of stories can bridge the gap between the original Xena and the new Xena reboot. I hope for more action, and some more familiar faces going forward, but all in all, this was a decent first issue, with some dark moments in the beginning, some lighthearted stuff in the middle, and a nice cliffhanger ending to take us to the first commercial break (sorry, still putting this is TV terms).

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