Ordon and Fara have the Dual Glaive in hand. A weapon that can pierce the skin of the Arathim. Can Ordon and this ancient weapon save Stone in the Wood? Find out in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #4 by Archaia, from BOOM! Studios.

JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE #4 (OF 12)JIM HENSON DARK CRYSTAL AGE RESISTANCE #4 CVR A FINDEN

Writer: Nicole Andelfinger
Artist: Esdras Cristobal
Colorist: Rod Fernades
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Editor: Matthew Levine
Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 18th, 2019

Previously in The Dark Crystal: Through thick and then Ordon and Mara have managed to get the Dual Glaive from the Tomb of Relics. This weapon should be able to defend Stone in the Wood from any attack from the Arathim. Going through multiple trials Ordon realizes the strength of Fara and that his loner attitude will not save his town. Now they must race back home before it is too late!

THEY WERE TOO LATE

 After saying goodbye to the Mystic Urill, Maudra Argot lead the group the the Breath of Thra. Taking the Breath of Thra, they quickly are able to return to Stone in the Wood. However, the Arathim and Ascendancy have already attacked and many of the villagers have fled. Fara finds her mother, Maudra Vala, dying from the attack. She dies in Fara’s arms but there is no time to grieve. Fara is now the new Maudra of Stone in the Woods and must lead her people. 

Gathering their warriors, they prepare to meet the Arathim in battle. Ordon faces the Ascendancy and realizes the Duel Glaive’s dark power. The sword can drain the essence of any living creature. After defeating the Ascendancy, Maudra Fara and Ordon decide that the glaive needs to be split in two. One half returns with Maudra Argot and the other staying safe in Stone in the Wood. Maudra Fara accepts her coronation and Ordon finally decides it is time to settle down and start a family.

THE WISDOM OF OUR ELDERS

Maudra Fara and Ordon are supporting characters of the Netflix’s series of the same name. It interests me to see where these characters have started, where they are going, and how their experiences affect their opinion. I think the creators have done well keeping the characterization consistent throughout multiple series that transverse many entertainment mediums. Even if you are unfamiliar with the series, I still think the story is fairly strong. The narrative arc has great exposition, conflict, and resolution. The tension is high and keeps you interested and most importantly, the characters grow and the writers try to explore a theme of friendship and teamwork.

I really like the facial expressions of the characters throughout the series. The ability to convey emotions is something that many artists strive for but not always successful. Especially when we are dealing with non-human characters. I think the standout scene was Fara speech after her mother’s death. She rallies the people but I thought I could read her feelings despite the words she was saying. Good work from the creative team!

BOTTOM LINE: A NICE CONCLUSION AND EXPANSION OF THE LORE

I really like the world that the series has created. It is fairly unique and explores an old concept in a new way. I really like the idea that the Duel Glaive takes away essence because that is the entire premise of the Netflix’s show and shows the grey area of morality in our heroes. 4.5 out of 5 stars for Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #4.


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I really like the world that the series has created. It is fairly unique and explores an old concept in a new way.

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