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"Issue 4" is the 4th issue of the 2017 Steven Universe comic series published by KaBOOM! Studios and the 12th issue overall.

Synopsis

Steven, Peridot, and Amethyst go on their wildest adventure yet—a local Renaissance Faire! While the others enjoy fried food and theater, Peridot enters the joust, and is playing to win.[1]

Plot

The comic begins with Steven, Amethyst, and Peridot purchasing tickets for Beach City's annual Renaissance Faire. The ticket holder charges them for two regular admission tickets and one under-12 ticket, under the impression that Peridot is a child. Peridot asks what she means by 'under-12', to which Amethyst jokes that she must mean under twelve brains. Peridot retorts that she has an appropriate number of neurological systems.

As the trio begins to explore the faire, Peridot admits that she doesn't understand the point of celebrating a time when the planet had far less sophisticated technology. Steven explains that it is simply fun to remember how things used to be. Mr Smiley takes this as an opportune moment to approach Peridot and offer to 'turn that frown upside down' with some face-painting. Amethyst accepts this offer before Peridot can voice her objection.

Peridot selects a tiger from the available face-painting designs. Much to her dismay, she realizes that the pattern makes her appear cute instead of ferocious. She becomes frustrated when Steven points this out but this is quickly replaced by excitement when she discovers a display of swords. As Peridot begins to swing one of the swords, Barbara suggests for her to put the sword away before anyone gets hurt and subsequently takes it from her. Despite her protests, Barbara gives her what she believes is a more suitable weapon: a rainbow lance made out of plastic.

They exit the sword tent and Steven realizes that the jousting tournament is about to begin. Amethyst tries to cheer Peridot up by telling her that she can at least watch others play with weapons.

Peridot quickly becomes engrossed in the jousting competition to the point that she sheds tears. She cheers for each successive match until Jamie announces that the score is seven to zero, with Ocean Town's 'Sir Render' coming out undefeated. After asking for volunteers to take down the reigning champion, Onion appears masquerading as 'Sir Shallot of Castle Vidalia' and goes on to win the match. Peridot is initially outraged at the jouster's defeat but realizes that Onion's smaller size served as a competitive advantage. This spurs her to volunteer for the next joust.

Peridot struggles to lift her lance as the match begins. She drops it and is expecting defeat but Sir Render, mistaking her for a child, lets her win. Peridot is confused as to how she was able to win the match without even touching her opponent. Upon brief investigation, she realizes that Sir Render had swapped his regular lance for a foam one in order to let the opponents smaller and weaker than him to win. She demands a rematch.

During this rematch, Sir Render declares that it is too weird for him and abruptly stops his horse. Peridot decides to pretend that she was hurt by the opposing jouster and promptly falls off of her own horse. The crowd begins to boo Sir Render for injuring a 'child', until Peridot reveals her ruse.

As Peridot is being escorted out of the faire she notices Onion in the background, about to release the goats. She apologizes for her behavior, admitting that she let her temper get the best of her and that she is working on learning to control this. The comic ends with Steven complimenting Peridot's display of maturity while the goats that Onion released wreak havoc behind them.

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Trivia

  • Jamie announces that it is the ninth annual jousting tournament. This suggests that the renaissance faire has been around for at least nine years, possibly more if the jousting tournament was a later addition to the available attractions.
  • The undefeated jouster is named "Sir Render". This is word play of the term 'surrender'.
  • Among the face-painting options, Lion is depicted. The Great Diamond Authority symbol can also be seen, except White Diamond's, Yellow Diamond's, and Blue Diamond's respective positions in the insignia have been swapped around.
    • Blue Diamond's insignia is now positioned at the top of the logo, while White's now resides on the left, and Yellow's on the right.
  • Peridot dons the name 'Sir Peridot of the Barn' while jousting. This references the fact that she lives in The Barn.

Cultural References

  • One of the face-painting designs bears a striking resemblance to the crest of sincerity from Digimon.
  • In the background, the characters Yurio, Otabek, Yuri, and Victor from Yuri on Ice can all be seen.
  • While challenging Sir Render to a rematch, Peridot says "I'll see you on the dueling ground." This references a lyric sung by Philip in Hamilton's "Blow Us All Away".
  • Peridot's rainbow-colored lance resembles the rainbow sword from Kirby's Dream Land 2.

References

ve Steven Universe Comic Series
Steven Universe (2014-2015) Issue 1Issue 2Issue 3Issue 4Issue 5Issue 6Issue 7Issue 8
Steven Universe (2017) Issue 1Issue 2Issue 3Issue 4Issue 5Issue 6Issue 7Issue 8Issue 9Issue 10Issue 11Issue 12Issue 13Issue 14Issue 15Issue 16Issue 17Issue 18Issue 19Issue 20Issue 21Issue 22Issue 23Issue 24Issue 25Issue 26Issue 27Issue 28Issue 29Issue 30Issue 31Issue 32Issue 33Issue 34Issue 35Issue 36
One-Shots Greg Universe SpecialThe Big Donut SpecialFusion Frenzy
Graphic Novels Too Cool for SchoolAnti-GravityUltimate Dough-DownCamp Pining PlayCrystal Clean
Trade Releases Vol. 1Vol. 2Warp TourPunching UpField ResearchingJust RightSteven Universe: Save the DaySteven Universe: Playing by EarSteven Universe: Our Fearful TripSteven Universe: To Be Happy
Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems Issue 1Issue 2Issue 3Issue 4
Harmony Issue 1Issue 2Issue 3Issue 4Issue 5
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