The Power of the Dark Crystal #1

Writer: Simon Spurrier Artist: Nichole Matthews, Kelly Matthews Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: February 22, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 3
8.9Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal, return to the world of Thra in an official sequel to the beloved fantasy film.
Discover an all-new race of creatures called Firelings that live in a realm near the planet's core, based on official character designs by Brian Froud.
Years have passed since the events of the original film, and though Jen and Kira have ruled Thra as King and Queen, bringing Gelfling back to the land, they have become distracted by power and can no longer feel or see the needs of the world the way they once did.
Thurma is a young Fireling tasked with stealing a shard of the Dark C more

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Kittie Pop Aug 15, 2017

    The Power of the Dark Crystal is truly a masterpiece, and stands proudly next to the original film that inspired so many great works of art today. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Brunell Feb 25, 2017

    The Power of the Dark Crystal has started out to be a colorful and intriguing beginning to a possibly intense story. The art is vast and vibrant; the writing is so well done it's as if I am back watching the first Dark Crystal movie being narrated by Joseph O'Conor. In the first issue we don't get a lot of time with the original heroes, but there are appearances from other memorable characters from the movie. This comic is the first issue of a twelve issue part story and is the sequel to the movie that devoted fans have been waiting for. I'm excited and on board for this series! Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Darryll Robson Mar 4, 2017

    If you are of a certain age you will probably remember going to the cinema to see dark, muppet movie The Dark Crystal. It will no doubt have captivated you and drawn you into its slow paced, grim looking fantasy world. For years rumours have been abound about a sequel, including the proposition of a CGI follow up made on a tight budget. For good or ill, the sequel didnt materialise but now, thanks to Boom! Studios, the continuation of the story is available in comic book format. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Feb 21, 2017

    Leave it to comics to completely knock out of the park the long gestating sequel to a beloved Jim Henson production. Though being attached to a well known IP certainly doesn't hurt, the work that Simon Spurrier and the Matthews turn in here are teeming with new ideas and new visual designs that are informed by the original movie but not chained to them. By melding both the new and the recognizable, The Power of the Dark Crystal #1 is a bold experiment that could very well turn into a bold hit. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Slackjaw Punks - Garret Tumey Feb 21, 2017

    This issue was totally awesome! I was not a super fan of The Dark Crystal, but I freaking love Jim Henson! His imaginative characters and incredibly complex stories made an empire, plus made his and many of his creationshousehold names. This series will not disappoint fans of the movies, because well, it's based off a script written by Henson himself. It was originally meant to be a movie, but because of many different problems, it was never made. Which is a super bummer, but Boom! was able to bring it back and this should be an amazing nine issue's. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Feb 23, 2017

    A fantastic first issue that had a daunting legacy to live up to and managed to both honour a classic film and use it as a launchpad to tell a new story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Zack Saad Feb 20, 2017

    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. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Percy Waelchl Feb 22, 2017

    This is an essential read for fans of the franchise and for any fantasy fan. Even readers not connected with the franchise will find themselves pulled into this world and wondering what comes next. The setup of the first issue promises a world changing tale of adventure, sacrifice, and hopefully renewal. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicsverse - Zach Feb 22, 2017

    THE POWER OF THE DARK CRYSTAL #1 is a solid start to what will likely be a fun fantasy epic and homage to the original film. The writing is epic and the art is imaginative. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Lisa Allison Feb 21, 2017

    Did I like it? This is a fantastic tribute to the original. Readers will be swept up in the beauty and mystery of Thra and its inhabitants all over again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Laramie Martinez Feb 23, 2017

    I don't know what space The Dark Crystal occupies in most people's minds, Personally, I don't think there is enough of a dedicated fan base for this to hit a widespread nostalgic spot for readers. However, I do think that this series has the potential to be something interesting for anyone who likes fantasy. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Feb 20, 2017

    Ultimately then, artistic niggles aside, this first issue provides an enjoyable reintroduction to the world of the Jim Henson classic, setting up an intriguing new status quo and giving fans of the original movie a whole new reason to be excited.  And hopefully, with the exposition now out of the way, the story can start to build some real momentum and deliver the sequel weve all been hoping for. Read Full Review

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