Xena: Warrior Princess #3 takes what worked in the first issues and builds on it. Xena and Gabrielle go undercover at a Roman palace to search for information about their enemies. Things inevitably go bad but not before Xena and Gabrielle have a streak of luck while gambling at the palace. For those familiar with the TV show then you’ll be familiar with Xena’s natural talent for espionage and rolling dice. The issue ends with the reappearance of a fan favorite character who promises to cause more chaos for the Warrior Princess. The Xena and Gabriele’s relationship gets explored a lot in this issue. There are some intimate moments between the two, which show their romantic partnership. I appreciate that this part of the series isn’t overlooked. Now that the restriction of TV and the time period have been lifted, I’m looking forward to seeing it handled in a more open way.
If you’ve enjoyed the previous issues of this series then you’ll definitely enjoy this one. The time period is full of danger and author Genevieve Valentine reminds us constantly that no one is safe in the world of Xena. I think it’s extremely hard to stay true to a beloved existing property when it’s adapted into comic book form, but this series is doing a wonderful job of reminding me what I loved about the TV series all while telling a brand new story.
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