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Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Volume 1 (The Dark Crystal)

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Part one of a three-part graphic novel prequel series delving into the origins of the Skeksis, Mystics, Gelflings, the world of Thra, and The Dark Crystal itself. Spanning a time period from thousands of years ago to right up to the start of the original film, this graphic novel epic will tell the definitive origin of The Dark Crystal, under the supervision of The Jim Hens ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published December 28th 2011 by Archaia (first published November 15th 2011)

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Adam Matthews
I loved the movie and the back story in this graphic novel felt true to the film. Great artwork as well. Hoping they make a part 2.
Lindsay
I admit it. I'm guilty of sitting in Chapters to read this book. I've always felt like it was somehow cheating to do this, but I thought I should try it at least once. And it was great (once I got past the feeling that everyone was silently judging me)! I highly recommend it. ;)

It has been years since I watched the movie, and to be honest, it scared the crap out of me. In fact, 25 years have passed and I still haven't recovered from my childhood trauma. But... the thought of a prequel in graphic
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Dave
I was an 80s kid and watched (and loved) a ton of the era's fantasy movies - KRULL, WILLOW, DRAGONSLAYER, EXCALIBUR, and so on. THE DARK CRYSTAL was one that eluded me. Too, well, dark, and I often felt its characters just felt like pawns on a chessboard - not like vibrant characters forging their own destiny.

But...I still want to like it. I like parts of it. I love its visuals. I even own it - you know, in the off chance I somehow warm up to it.

And I might. I found myself reading CREATION MYTHS
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Cameron Crawford
I feel horrible rating this so low. I wanted to love it, but this book as with so many other expanded universe writings, seems to have taken the source material it was based upon and ignored all desire to preserve the mystery and ambiance.

The premise is odd. Basically it turns out that all the characters we know from the movie all happen to be related to the few events we know from the movie and very few other people were involved. The movie leaves us with the feeling that there is a huge wide
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Cornerofmadness
This is, just as the title suggests, the original myths of Jim Henson’s world of the Dark Crystal. There aren’t words for how much I loved that movie as a child. Brian Froud was the art designer for the movie and one of the driving forces for this, the first in a trilogy of graphic novels set in this world.

It begins in the beginning, literally, the birth of the world Thra with its crystal heart. The world, in turn gave birth to a sort of mother-goddess Aughra who travels the world, learning, tal
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Karissa
This is the first graphic novel in a graphic novel trilogy that delves into the mythos behind how the world presented in The Dark Crystal came to be. This was an absolutely wonderful read. It adds a lot of background to the Dark Crystal story (although I will admit it's probably been 15-20 years since I've watched the original movie). This stands alone very nicely and the artwork was absolutely stunning.

This book is mainly the story of Aughra, in this series she is portrayed a more revenant Eart
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Richard
It took me forever to find a copy of this, and now that I've succeeded in my little quest and read the book, I'm glad I didn't resort to shelling out big bucks for a copy.

A new Dark Crystal story from Archaia Press? That sounds fantastic, even if my standard complaint about Archaia books is that the writing isn't up to the quality of the art and design. Still, I settled in for what I expected to be a cute adventure with a touch of 70's mysticism. That's what you'd expect, right? Cute Geflings, e
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Gaelan D'costa
I thought this was a pretty awesome addendum to the Dark Crystal universe.

First off, if you loved Dark Crystal's aesthetic, you will probably be rubbing your hands up and down this book all the time, especially the cover, which is textured in a way you'll want to cradle on nights beside the fire.

The "creation" part of the creation myths is a little murky, no worse than many actual traditions where cornerstones of the world were ... always there, or manifested without further explanation.

The late
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Silas
I really rather liked this. It does a great job of carrying on the look of the film, and adding some extra dimension to it in a way that still makes sense. It has a very mythic character, much more so than the film. It's a bit like the age of gods versus the age of heroes in myth, and I like that about it. While I was reading, some of the parts struck me as a bit odd and out of place, but in retrospect, everything here makes sense. I'm interested to see what happens in the next volume, though as ...more
Paul Decker
One of my favorite movies as a child was The Dark Crystal. I loved the fantasy of it. The puppetry was done beautifully and the the world created was so amazing. Not only that, but the story was so compelling. The polars of good and evil were shown as being two sides of the same being. The mythology of the movie was just so interesting.

These graphic novels are all about the mythology of the world seen in The Dark Crystal. The first volume starts with a creation myth and continues from there. Ch
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Chris
Really enjoyed this. Exquisite artwork that emulates the character designs and overall feel of the original film, and lovingly tells the backstory of the world of Thra before the Crystal cracked.

My only qualms are pretty minor, but I couldn't help but feel that Aughra's character in this book was extremely reverent, and depicted as an Earth Goddess, whereas in the film she is wise but haggard and ridiculous as well. It seems they've taken that character and made her one-dimensional here, which i
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Gale
WHEN THREE WERE MADE ONE!

Delightful, enthralling fantasy based on the cinematic creativity of the late Jim Henson, this book proves much deeper than mere action-oriented adventure--of which there is plenty. Almost a psychological novel, THE DARK CRYSTAL reveals the coming-of-age of the last male Gelfling on the planet of Thra. From his quiet, dreamy existence in the secluded valley with the ponderous but cerebral urRu, Jen must suddenly depart on a Quest whose details are not fully explained to
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Wendy
This movie was SO fraking awesome back when I was a youngster. I'm almost afraid to watch it as an adult as I don't want the magic to wear off. I especially don't want to show my jaded kids, as they'll mock the cheesy f/x like they did when we watched the older 'Clash of the Titans' (another awesome movie, btw. The cheesy f/x for that one just make it even better).

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I'm not sure how much of this was in the original idea when the movie came out. It makes sense that i
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CKE387
"Where the dynamic of good and evil is a complex dance and the interconnectedness of all things has consequences of choice and action." - Brian Froud, legendary conceptual designer; tribute to the creative genius of Jim Henson's original film. Beautiful artwork and stories!
Angela
I can't say enough good things about this. I fell in love with the world of Thra as a child and that fascination has never left me. This series has given me the opportunity to yet again immerse myself in this beloved world.
The fact that this is a prequel to the movie is fantastic, and that Aughra's role in this tale is larger and her character has expanded to the role of A sort of Earth Mother/Mother Nature figure is very charming and fitting.
The Urskeks and their secrets are very mysterious
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Joshua
Brian Froud and Brian Holguin delve deeper into what was just a simple prop and puppet fantasy film for kids and expand it's world and mythology in a very beautiful and creative way. At the very start it ceases your attention in a very "tale of old" and fable sort of way. It gives you explanation and history of the world of The Dark Crystal with beautiful and colorful art on each page. The world we only saw glimpses of as children is now lush, elaborate and vast with it's own sense of ingenuity ...more
Patrick
This is really, really good. Dark Crystal was a fantastic standalone, but I love the idea that the world actually has an explanation. Now I just need to find parts two and three.
Christian Hardy
This is a beautifully illustrated and well-written volume that lovingly expands and adds greater depth to the world of Thra that was originally imagined by Jim Henson and Brian Froud all those years ago.

I would have given this volume five stars out of four if not for its short length. If you rush through the narrative you could finish reading this in about an hour or less. Thankfully, there are two more volumes on the way so when it is complete the story will hopefully rival the original film i
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Nolan
The Jim Henson's classic the Dark Crystal is back as a graphic novel, and it brings the quality we all know and love. The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths takes readers to the beginning of a world, where life started to stir and a journey of a lifetime began. I knew of The Dark Crystal film, but never had the chance to view it. After reading this book, I now cannot wait to view it. The entire book had the feel of something ancient and sacred, and being a Henson work, it should be considered sacred t ...more
Matt Piechocinski
If this is any indication, the prequels will be better than the movie, which after re-viewing after 30 some odd years, was best left in my childhood.
Jeff Valluzzi
A pretty interesting graphic novel detailing some mythical origin stories of the world of Thra, from Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal. It's kind of fabulous that, after three decades, the Jim Henson company has decided to expand Dark Crystal into a whole world and brand. I loved the movie, and I thought the atmosphere of the world was unique and remarkable, so I'm glad to see more things set in the same universe. These Creation myths seem most similar to North American Indian tribes, which is great ...more
Andrew
Much as with _Tron_, I will always be a huge fan of the setting and visual imagination of _The Dark Crystal_, without particularly giving a crap about the story and characters. This volume (graphic novel) fills in some background, which is fine. I will buy it for that.

However, one must note that Brian Froud's contribution is limited to the cover; everything else is artists working from Froud's old Dark Crystal sketchbook. (Much of which I already have, in the _World of the Dark Crystal_ art book
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Erica Zulauf
Oh my gosh!!! I am totally geeking out right now!!! Can't wait for the next one!
Hannah
This graphic novel is amazing! Like everything that Brian Froud and Jim Henson (who didn't help write this, obviously, but helped w/ the original ideas) have done. I breezed through it craving more, more, more, and I can't wait for the second volume to be published! This is a great prequel to Dark Crystal if you like that movie, but it starts early enough to be its own story, and there are some smaller stories and other characters added to shake things up even more. If you haven't read this befo ...more
Lacey Louwagie
Gorgeous, gorgeous artwork. Bright, rich colors, expressive panels, perfectly capturing the vision and strangeness of Henson's original. The story is good, too; I particularly liked learning more about the how the UrSkeks came to Thra, Augra's relationship to the Gelflings, and the tension and suspicion the UrSkeks' arrival precipitated. I was disappointed when this one ended, and I look forward to getting Part II from Interlibrary Loan (although I can't right now because I'm at my ILL limit!)
Jessica Hollo
Excellent book, I love finally getting tp read the mythology of this world. It was always a rich world from the movie, and it was sad when it ended, so it is nice to see the world reopened again and spread out before me.
We see here the origins of Augra, the fact that she had a son (?1), and how the vistors got the world. Along with a few extra bonus stories, not illustrated. Certainly a cliff hanger fee here, looking forward to the next book to finish the stories.
Jason
This was way, way better than I could have ever hoped for. It captured the spirit of the film and expanded on the myth and world in a way that felt in sync with the spirit of what Jim Henson had done all those years ago.

The feeling I got from reading this was what I was expecting to feel from watching the Star Wars Prequels; a familiar return to a place I loved with explanations and expansions on the original story that didn't feel forced or awkward.
Magila
If you are expecting to reread the Dark Crystal movie as a comic, you will be disappointed. If you are imagining reading a new story from the Jim Henson universe which is both well written and illustrated, you are in luck.

I don't think I've seen any better out together adaptations from screen to graphic novel, or beloved story-book to second medium, than this work. Consistent art. Interesting stories. Great characters. I loved it and highly recommend it.
Sarah
The Dark Crystal was one of the formative creative works of my childhood, and is, I believe, directly responsible for shaping the way my imagination works, so I may be predisposed to love this. Nevertheless, it always seemed like what was captured in the movie only scratched the surface of the depths of worldbuilding done for The Dark Crystal, and these stories finally give us the chance to explore everything else. I'm looking forward to the next one.
Nnedi
meh. the art is lovely. but it's just too mythical for me. distant. and Aughra's character was TOTALLY NOT who i remember from the movie. what's this "earth mother" nonsense? where's her spit and fire? does that come later? that seems like the kind of thing that is always a part of someone, not developed. her character in this book annoyed me with that. i'll keep reading, though. i love the world and this felt as if it were laying a foundation.
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