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Legends of the Dark Crystal, Vol. 2: Trial by Fire (Legends of the Dark Crystal #2)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  136 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The final volume in the bestselling series inspired by the Jim Henson film! Lahr and Neffi travel to the crystal castle to rescue their friends and family, encountering the Collector Skeksis and others. With the Lord Chamberlain's secret assistance, the Gelflings escape, but Lahr must agree to a terrible price.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by TokyoPop (first published August 1st 2010)
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Abby Taylor
Dec 17, 2012 Abby Taylor rated it it was amazing
I would assume I am very biased about this series. 'The Dark Crystal' is my favourite movie of all time, so when I found out there was a manga styled series of two (it was supposed to be three - the series was never finished) prequels I jumped with excitement and bought them for a birthday present for myself. I read them both in a day and loved them! The held the same simple gentleness and 'good wins over evil' the film had. It made me feel a little more complete reading these books, and they ...more
Chris D'Antonio
Sep 20, 2016 Chris D'Antonio rated it it was amazing
I continue to be a glutton for anything that expands the world of the Dark Crystal and this graphic novel delivers on the setting and tone of the world which Jim Henson and a vast creative staff bright into being many moons ago. my only criticism is that there wasn't more of it to be enjoyed.
Sarah Crawford
Jan 18, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was ok
Lahr and Neffi are two Gelfling who have survived attacks of the Garthim (just as Jen and Kira would do in the future.) The two plans to stage a raid on the Crystal Castle and rescue captured Gelfling. After that there is a very interesting section dealing with intrigues among the Skeksis who are vying for power any way they can get it. The use of captured Gelfling for 'Gelfling essense' is also covered.

Lahr and Neffi get closer to the castle. Meanwhile Aughra is in her lab and says it will all
Lacey Louwagie
A lot of what I said in the first review holds true here, too. I did find this story slightly more satisfying, but it was frustrating that the Skeksis all looked so much alike in black and white -- not to mention that their names are so similar, too! Still, the story is pretty simplistic, so it was still fairly easy to follow. They're all stabbing each other in the back, what more is there to know? ;)
Dec 24, 2013 Jeff rated it it was ok
This graphic novel had all the same problems as the first one; mainly, the art was not anywhere near where it should be in a Dark Crystal book.

The story was cliche but capable, but the art made some scenes confusing, especially scenes with the Skeksis.

The ending was disappointing and didn't really have much going for it. Overall, the two books made for a forgettable experience.
Becky Frost
Mar 24, 2015 Becky Frost rated it really liked it
Once again, the story is so-so or average with a lot of reminders of the movie....but the that is phenomenal! The book is worth checking out just for the art and the art is what gives this book the extra star above average for me. And this one had an alternate cover art page listed in the back done by Katie Cook, so I can't wait to hopefully get my copy signed by her.
Jun 10, 2012 Aaron rated it it was ok
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Again...not much to say about this. It was quick, easy, and inconsequential. Holds value to those who wish to see a little more about the universe of the Dark Crystal.
Jul 02, 2013 Crystal rated it it was ok
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It was a good read, but since they decided not to make a trilogy out of it, the ending felt rushed and incomplete. The art work was great and it was nice to see more into the world of Thra.
Nov 06, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it
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I had trouble telling the difference between all the Skeksis. They are drawn with different details to their clothing but I would have had a better time if the art was in color.
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Barbara Randall Kesel is an American writer and editor of comic books; her bibliography includes work for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, CrossGen, Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics. Kesel is a very outspoken opponent of sexism in the comic book industry. She is known for her strong female characters, influencing her then husband Karl's work on Lois Lane in the Superman titles and creating Grace, the ...more
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