Jim Henson’s The Power Of The Dark Crystal #1 – Review
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Art: Kelly and Nichole Matthews
Covers: Jae Lee and June Chung
Based on the screenplay by Craig Pearce, Annette Duffy, and David Odell
Published by Boom! Studios
I love the Dark Crystal movie. It’s not one of Jim Henson’s best, but it looked great and as a fantasy fan and I really liked seeing dark Jim Henson. After some research I found out this new twelve issue mini-series, The Power Of The Dark Crystal, is an adaptation of David Odell and Annette Duffy’s screenplay for the now defunct sequel. I don’t know how I feel about this because from my viewings of The Dark Crystal, I thought it said all it needed to say, it didn’t seem to be one of those movies that absolutely needed a sequel. Has this comic changed my mind? Let’s find out.
The story begins as Aughra observes a meteor falling to earth but can’t suss out if it is a good omen or a bad one. However, it turns out that what crashed was not a meteor but a person. A star-like being called a Fireling who has traveled from a world called the Firefast on a mission to gain some of the Inner Light and reignite her world in the next five days. In her search for the ones called the Gelfling, she comes across the shrine of The Crystal, where people pay a tribute to be healed by the Light, and across some familiar faces in a now old Jen and Kira. Will they be able to grant the Fireling what she needs to save her people, even if it could spell disaster?
I don’t know if I’ve seen enough to make a judgment on whether this will work or not, but it has caught my interest and I’ll have to follow the next few issues to really make up my mind. Which means this is a really good “attention grabber” issue. It’s based on a screenplay by the original movie’s writers so all the older characters that get lines act like they should. I appreciate that. I also appreciate it continues this worlds moral complexity by not only implying that the guardians of the Crystal might be becoming avaricious for tribute, but that the consequences for saving the Firelings might be the return of the Skeksis.
What I really want to highlight hear is Kelly and Nichole Matthews beautiful art for this issue. My word does it fit in with the aesthetic of the original movie. The new creatures are interesting and very Henson and the older creatures look exactly like they should. I didn’t see the name of the colorist listed, so assuming that the Matthews also did that, that is another fantastic job.
Interesting start but I’ll have to see more to make up my mind about whether this will be a good follow up.
Gorgeous art and great colors.
If you want to see what the sequel to The Dark Crystal might have been, this might be an interesting read for you. For now, color me intrigued.