Xena: Warrior Princess #1

Writer: Vita Ayala Artist: Olympia Sweetman Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: April 17, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 2
7.5Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

In a time of ancient gods, warlords and kings...a land in turmoil called out for a hero! She was XENA, a mighty princess forged in the heat of battle! In this all-new series, writer VITA AYALA (Black Panther, Wonder Woman, The Wilds) and artist OLYMPIA SWEETMAN throw Xena and her companion Gabrielle headfirst into a mysterious adventure. Can Xena discover the secrets of a village full of super-strong children, before jealous and petty GODS get involved?

  • 9.3
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Apr 17, 2019

    I loved the premise of the Goddess Discord holding the village hostage by threatening to take the children. And the closing page offers up an excellent cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Kate Sanchez Dec 31, 1969

    Overall, this wasa great first issue that ends with a cliffhanger that has me ready for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Janicia "J." Francis Apr 29, 2019

    Xena and Gabrielle are warriors who prove their physical ability and tactical strength throughout. By the issues end, Ayala seamlessly eliminates the will they, wont they of Xenabrielle stories past, solidifying their relationship dynamic in a way that can only add depth to a series run promising to be full of badassery and mythical hi-jinx. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Apr 18, 2019

    Xena is back, and hopefully, a Hercules series isnt far behind. I loved the old shows, and this debut issue gives enough to make nostalgia fans happy but also treads new water freshly and excitingly. I cannot wait for the second issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan Apr 18, 2019

    Xena Warrior Princess (2019-) #1 immediately launches into the first adventure. Vita Ayala and Olympia Sweetman compose a tremendous debut issue. Do not miss this new Xena series. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Apr 16, 2019

    A polished and well-told story, Xena the Warrior Princess #1 has much to offer, both for fans of the show and for newbies like myself. Ayala is a fast-rising writer in the industry, and the artistic team compliments the scripting well. This title gets a hearty recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 17, 2019

    There's a lot to like here if you're hoping to recapture what it was that made the TV series so much fun. And that's definitely worth carrying on because it means a lot to a lot of people. I wouldn't be averse to something more mature as a side miniseries or special though. With this book, we get a solid entry into what's happening with all the players in place and what feels like a two-issue story unless there are bigger things at play. Ayala capture the tone well and the voices of the characters while Sweetman has the visual design just right, with a playful and dynamic approach that feels energetic and engaging. I'm definitely in for a few more issues to see how it all shakes out. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Apr 18, 2019

    A great revamp of a beloved character and franchise, "Xena: Warrior Princess" #1 hits all the right beats to feel like a faithful adaptation. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Apr 16, 2019

    The silver lining of Xena #1 is that the potential for a great comic is there. The entire creative team knows what kind of book they are working on, and at times, they even nail it. It just needs a bit more personality and a little less reverential adaptation. Hopefully by the next issue things will have livened up a bit. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Rollin Bishop Apr 17, 2019

    It takes a little too long to get started, a little too long to explain things, and while the comic ends on a cliffhanger, it's a somewhat confusing one that doesn't feel particularly earned Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Apr 16, 2019

    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. Read Full Review

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