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Review: The Dark Crystal – Creation Myths Vol 2

Dark Crystal Creation Myths Volume 2

Dark Crystal Creation Myths Volume 2 (image: BOOM! Studios)

I’ve already reviewed Creation Myths volume 1 and volume 3 and, though it’s a bit out of order, I’m writing now about volume 2.

The Dark Crystal Creation Myths Volume 2

Concept, character designs, and cover by Brian Froud. Written by Joshua Dysart. Illustrated by Alex Sheikman and Lizzy John. Lettered by Deron Bennett. Designed by Fawn Lau. Edited by Tim Beele and Stephen Christy. Published by Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios.

I am a huge fan of all things Jim Henson, and this volume is no different. The Dark Crystal universe opening up and becoming richer and broader can only be a good thing. The way these stories have unraveled are visually stunning and intellectually stimulating. I love a good myth and that is exactly what these Creation Myths are.

The Dark Crystal Creation Myths Volume 2 (interior image)

The Dark Crystal Creation Myths Volume 2 (interior image) (image: BOOM! Studios)

Raunip, son of the great Aughra is just as much fun, and just as strange, in this book as in the previous books. This time we get to see some of the Pod People (the race the skeksis routinely drained for their essence). It’s very interesting to see the people who were little more than shells in the movie and their society. I can’t help but feel bad for Raunip, he means well and he loves his home and all the people and creatures that reside there and yet, he is always so alone, even when he isn’t. I find it amusing at the least how similar Raunip and the Urskek are, in their histories.

The story will draw you in and leave you wanting more but I would suggest that, at least with this particular series, you need to read the first one to understand the others. You can read 2 and 3 out of order without any particular confusion but you need to start with Volume One (and probably the movie) for a lot of things to make sense. Don’t miss this volume though. This is where all the interesting things happen.

The artwork continues to be beautiful and very true to the source material. I’ve been very impressed by Mr. Froud, Mr. Sheikman, and Ms. John. They pull at all the right strings of memory, even when the images aren’t something in the source material, it feels like it all belongs to that world. That’s an impressive thing.

If you happen upon these books in hardcopy, they are really beautifully done and worth owning in physical copies.

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