Publisher: BOOM! Studios (Archaia Imprint)
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artwork: Kelly & Nicole Matthews
Lettering: Jim Campbell
Release Date: 2nd January 2019
It’s always a risk taking on a beloved property like this but with the full involvement of the Jim Henson Company, BOOM!’s creative team have pulled off a canny adaptation.
The Power of the Dark Crystal takes up the story of the original motion picture an age after the film ended, with Jen & Kira having ruled over the land of Thra in bliss for aeons. Of course, that can’t last or we wouldn’t have a story…
Adapted from the screenplay intended to be the sequel to the original film, the story is very much in the same vein as the classic movie but expresses themes that resonate in modern times, such as complacency, corruption and facing difficult choices to save the ones you love. Old characters are rendered faithfully with some compelling changes – after all, Jen & Kira aren’t kids anymore – while new ones are introduced that fit the world and take us to new places and ask us new questions.
The artwork is a delight, evoking the very specific and timeless character of the movie while allowing plenty of artistic interpretation, especially when new elements like the Firelings, adult Gelflings and the Moat beneath the castle of the Crystal come into play. While a pastel palette of colours is applied, it’s still vibrant enough to draw the eye with each viewpoint characterised by their own shade – oranges for the Fireling, purple for the Skeksis and white for those most in tune with the light of the Crystal. It’s not subtle but it’s certainly effective.
As a fan of the original movie and someone who’s keenly awaiting the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance prequel, this comic does an excellent job of sating my Dark Crystal appetite in the meantime.
All in all, the Power of the Dark Crystal is an evocative and fitting continuation of the legend we all love so well. Check it out.