This book is a prequel to a netflix series that is a prequel to a 1980s movie and has had a cult following since its first release. Come check out Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: The Age Resistance #1 by Archaia and BOOM! Studios.
THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE AGE OF RESISTANCE #1
Writer: Nicole Andelfinger
Artist: Matias Basla
Colorist: Miguel Muerto
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Editor: Matthew Levine
Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Release Date: September 25, 2019
Previously on The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance: Nicole Andelfinger (Lumberjanes) and Matias Basla (Sparrowhawk) create a new chapter of a great cult classic. After a resurgence of popularity from the Netflix series, the story follows Ordon, Fala, and the Stonewood Clan’s survival against the Arathim.
YOUNG STUDENTS TO EVENTUAL LEADERS
Stone in the Wood has been under attack of Arathim and Maudra Vala must rally a defense. Her two advisers, Ordon and a currently unnamed advisor, has come up with a plan to find the Dual Glaive, a mythological weapon. However, Maudra Vala daughter, Fara, runs out to offer her assistance. Everyone scolds Fara and says she must remain behind where it is safe but she runs out upset from the confrontation. Ordon has a conversation with his wife about how he is really a warrior and being in a home has been difficult for him. As he heads off to the Caves of Grot to find this legendary weapon, Fara has snuck into his bags to accompany him on his quest.
THE PREQUEL TO THE PREQUEL
Both Ordon and Fara are characters that are adult figures in the Netflix series who guide the protagonists to be wise and strong. In this story, Orden and Fara are our protagonists and will be going on their own Hero’s Journey to become the heroes they are in the Netflix’s series. From a fan service point of view, this is a good move from The Jim Henson Company. I think many people are going to come into this and be very excited to see these characters in the spotlight.
About the book itself, I think the story is well written and the art is well drawn. The characterization of both our protagonists are spectacular. I can see their dynamic personalities and what I can expect from them right from the first issue. The quest trope they receive has been done before in many stories but I’m sure the writers will find a way to keep the story fresh. It is interesting, one of the biggest selling points of the show is its use of puppets. When you put it into comic book form, you lose that main visual selling point and all you are left with is the strength of the story to carry the title through. This book has told an interesting story even without the puppet effects. Good work from the creators.
BOTTOM LINE: A GREAT STEPPING OFF POINT
During my short time I have been at Major Spoilers, I have tried to review a fair amount of Issue #1s. It allows me to approach everything from the fresh perspective as the story introduces the overall plot. This first issue is one of the best introductions to a new series that I have read. 4 out of 5 stars for Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance #1.
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The Dark Crystal: The Age Resistance #1
The characterization of both our protagonists are spectacular. I can see their dynamic personalities and what I can expect from them right from the first issue.