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Review: Dark Crystal Creation Myths Vol 3

Dark Crystal Creation Myths Vol 3 (image: Archaia)

Dark Crystal Creation Myths Vol 3 (image: Archaia)

I don’t know how it happened, but it appears I’ve missed #2 somehow so there may be an out of time post sometime when I get a copy. I really loved the first issue a lot and have been looking forward to more of it.

The Dark Crystal Creation Myths, Volume III From Archaia, an imprint of BOOM!

Concept, Character design, and cover by Brian Froud
Written by Matthew Dow Smith
Illustrated by Alex Sheikman and Lizzy John
Lettered by Deron Bennett

The storytelling is rich and full of the character that made The Dark Crystal such a classic. The illustrations are familiar as my childhood and beautifully done. While the tone is still a bit dark, as is all of this particular universe, there’s nothing really scary about it (not counting the expert manipulation of the Skeksis).

Dark Crystal Creation Myths Vol 3 (image: Archaia)

Dark Crystal Creation Myths Vol 3 (image: Archaia)

The writers bring us along on the journey. We want to know who is attacking the podlings, if there can ever be safety for the gelflings. We want to warn them all away from the Skeksis. For those of us who watched The Dark Crystal, we know where this all has to end, but this comic series does a beautiful job of making us interested in the journey anyway. It helps us understand what happened before The Dark Crystal.

The manipulations of the Skeksis were masterfully portrayed, and I can’t help but wonder how much of this came from notes or if these writers are that good at making it feel like Henson’s own ideas and words. The only complaint that I have is that the mystics are far too skinny.

Getting to know the universe of the Dark Crystal better is a wonderful thing, and in this instance it has been done so very well. Overall, the people behind The Dark Crystal Creation Myths have done a beautiful job of carrying on the legacy of quirky characters that are both childlike and wise beyond their years at once. It truly feels like an extension of one of my favorite movies ever, and I love that. It does seem like there has been a resurgence of all things Jim Henson with the release of unpublished works, the new incarnation of The Muppet Show, and these expansion comics. I’m thrilled with it as it feels like the best parts of my youth come back around again. I enjoy being able to share it with my kids, especially my oldest boy who is pretty certain he wants to grow up to make movies of his own.

There is a bit at the end of the comic explaining some about the history of The Dark Crystal and Jim Henson and Brian Froud. I would count this whole series as highly recommended. If you love Henson’s work, you’ll love this too.


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