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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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Sadie Hartmann
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
The Dark Crystal is a favorite movie of mine. I love Brian Froud's genius characters and the way Jim Henson made them into muppets. When I heard there were graphic novels being made, of course I was very excited! I got Vol. 1 for Christmas. The cover is beautiful, I only wish the rest of the illustrations were as good. They're not. I don't like the look of the artwork inside.
The stories are broken into little vignettes about the beginning stages of Thra and Thra's "Earth mother" Aughra. It's a
Adam Matthews
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Cameron Crawford
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Liz B
Pretty boring. It's exactly what it says it is--creation myths. And the problem with that is--well, it seems like an awfully narrow audience. Maybe people who loved the movie who simply cannot get enough of the world? I think the elements that made the movie so powerful are utterly missing here. There is no conflict. No danger. No evil. No mysteries to uncover.

I can't imagine that anyone new to the story (e.g., someone who'd never seen the movie) would be interested at all.

It's possible I'll rea
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I remember going to the movie theater as a child to watch the Dark Crystal. I own the movie and have watched it several times with my kids. They love it as much as I do. I always wondered about the origin of the Crystal, Aughra, and the terrible event that caused the splintering of the Crystal. I was pleased to find that these events had been published in graphic novel form. I read the first book in under an hour and was transported back to my childhood and the wonder and amazement of watching t ...more
Frans Karlsson
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-fantasy
Great artwork and interesting story. This book focuses on the creation of the Dark crystal world.
God I love Brian Fourd and Jim Henson's worlds. They're stunning and compliment each other to no end. Like most people, I watched The Dark Crystal when I was a kid and loved it; it was a mind-bending, strikingly mystical world to be looked at in awe. Creation Myths acts as a building block in the Dark Crystal mythos, particularly with the origin of famed character Aughra and how she came to be such a respected force in Thra. As much as I enjoyed it, I have to agree with other reviews in that it' ...more
Nicollette Winiewicz
Brilliantly written and gorgeously illustrated! I loved learning the back story of some of my favorite characters from my childhood!
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Gaelan D'costa
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
I wasn't necessarily expecting much of this book, but I was pleasantly surprised! Doesn't hurt that it touches on not a little nostalgia. :) I'm now eager to read the remaining volumes to find out how everything led to the rise of the Skeksis, and I can't wait to watch The Dark Crystal again.

Panels Read Harder: Adaptation of a movie/TV show.
DNF with Jack Mack
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
A level art, D level stories. Hopefully the myths come to some meaningful event in later volumes, but this book does not stand on its own.
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nook
Expected more from these. The story is bare bones and the art inside can't compare to Froud's beautiful covers.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this start to the origins of The Dark Crystal world. The artwork is amazing, if not deliberately grotesque with many of its characters, but it really beings to show the depth and breadth of the Dark Crystal world.
My only complaint is that, as with many graphic novels, I feel only a small fraction of the story is able to be told, and it brings up questions that aren't directly addressed by the continuation. For example, the character Raunip insists that he can see things in the
Jonathan Maas
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Better than 5 stars - I loved the Dark Crystal, who doesn't - and this graphic novel excels because it really captures that puppet world. IE the new characters aren't just graphic novel drawn characters, but Dark Crystal characters.

Raunip is the main character they introduce - just a fascinating character, both drawn and written.

I can't recommend this book highly enough!
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
really cool to see Aughra's origins
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
[3 and 1/2 starrs]
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting backstory to The Dark Crystal. Contains the history of the dark crystal world, aughra, her creepy son Raunip, how female gelflings got their wings.
The Gelflings don’t care for gold but for a story well told. You don’t get much better at storytellers than Jim Henson.

“The Dark Crystal” was one of Jim Henson’s attempts to stretch the limitations of puppetry as far as it could go. It wasn’t as popular as “Labyrinth”, a movie that featured human actors, puppets and costumed extras. But it poses questions about itself that the latter movie doesn’t. No one truly wonders who the Goblin King is, where he comes from or why he seizes a little baby bo
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
Paul Decker
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible first book in the series. The artwork is excellent and the story ties right into the artwork and is, itself, fascinating. The first regular chapter is The Birth Song of Aughra, explaining just what Aughra is and how she came to be. Then there's a two-page section called The Covenants of Thra.

The next story is about the great conjunction that brought the Urskeks to Thra and caused Aughra to lose one of her eyes. Her son, who was close to the Gelfling, is able to see what wi
Steven Shinder
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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).


I'm not sure how much of this was in the original idea when the movie came out. It makes sense that i
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dark Crystal Creation Myths Vol 1 for me has been a slow return to a time when I was a child and my favorite movies included Starwars, Labyrinth, Drop Dead Fred and The Dark Crystal. As an adult it reminds me of legends, myths and folktales of this world.
The story told in comic book, poetry and prose forms has the main theme of Aughra's tale and the Urskeks intermingled with other legends. Aughra, a character I watched on the screen with a child's ambivalence, gains grace as we understand
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American writer who writes comics, novels and animation. Some of his works include "Aria", "Savior," "Spawn" "The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths," "Godslayer" and "Kiss: Psycho Circus".
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