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Legends of the Dark Crystal Volume 1: The Garthim Wars (Legends of the Dark Crystal: The Garthim Wars) (v. 1) Paperback – Bargain Price, November 13, 2007


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  • Series: Legends of the Dark Crystal: The Garthim Wars (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (November 13, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1598167014
  • ASIN: B001O9CE1O
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,882,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara Randall Kesel is a comic-book writer/editor who has worked for DC COMICS, DARK HORSE COMICS, CROSSGEN COMICS and as a freelance writer/editor, writing for titles such as ALIEN, BATGIRL, COMICS GREATEST WORLD: GOLDEN CITY, CROSSGEN ILLUSTRATED, THE FIRST, HAWK & DOVE, HAWKMAN, LEGEND OF THE DARK CRYSTAL, MERIDIAN, NEW TEEN TITANS, SECRET ORIGINS, SAVANT GARDE, SIGIL, SPELLJAMMER, SOLUS, SUPERBOY, WILDC.A.T.S. and edited titles such as AD&D, BODY BAGS, FORGOTTEN REALMS, KELLEY JONES' THE HAMMER, HELLBOY, INSTANT PIANO, MEDIEVAL LADY DEATH, NEW TEEN TITANS, STAR WARS: DARK EMPIRE for companies such as ARCHAIA, DARK HORSE, DC COMICS, CROSSGEN, DARK HORSE, IDW, MARVEL, TOKYOPOP, and WILDSTORM. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BA in Drama and works from her home in Southern California.

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The story is quite good,but the gelflings look too humanlike.
Gloria Beltran Sanchez
It's safe to say that if you enjoyed the film and enjoyed that era of fantasy movies, you'll probably like Dark Crystal.
Tim Janson
I love the story as much as I do Jim Henson & brian froud's greatest works.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
In the 1980's, there was quite a run on whimsical fantasy films. There was "Legend", "Krull", "Labyrinth", "Willow"...Not sure why they are all single word titles. That's kind of curious. Well one that wasn't was The Dark Crystal. The Dark Crystal was the product of Jim Henson, best known as the creator of the Muppets and was one of the more unique and ambitious fantasy films of the era, notably because there no human actors in the film. All of the characters are similarly created creatures although on a much grander scale than the muppets. The Dark Crystal now comes to Manga from Tokyopop.

The setting is a planet called Thra and the Crystal of Truth powers the land. Centuries ago the Crystal cracked and the dominant race called the urSkeks was split into two different races: The gentle and wise Mystics and the evil, vulture-like Skeksis. The Skeksis soon dominate the lands, driving out the Mystics and conquering and destroying other races like the Gelflings (elves basically). The Manga is set several hundred years prior to the events in the film.

A young Gelfling named Lahr, a shepherd by trade, returns home to his village only to find it completely destroyed by the Garthim. The Garthim are the heavy foot-soldiers of the Skeksis. They are giant crab-like creatures who none have ever opposed. Lahr is cornered by one of the beasts and miraculously kills it. He meets Neffi, a female Gelfling whose village suffered the same fate. The Skeksis steal the Gelflings and feed off their life force. They find another village of Gelflings living in a valley, hidden away and protected, or so they think. When the Garthim are spotted in the distance, the Gelflings of the valley have to decide if they want to fight or flee.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SF-Expert on December 17, 2007
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Graphically this one is much better than RETURN TO LABYRINTH. Good job on rendering the Garthims and the Skeksis. Quite detailed stuff!
However I found the story to be too simple. I would have preferred more about the Mystics, Skeksis and Aughra.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Evans on November 6, 2008
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This is an excellent work of art, and the manga has some amazing story potential if done right in future iterations. I agree with others that the story seems relatively simple at the current time, but future volumes may fill this in more. I guess I see this more as a character and setting introduction piece but feel that the real meat of the story is yet to come.

Definitely Recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arrr on November 20, 2007
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I was very worried that this this prequel comic had no chance of living up to the quality of the story of the original movie. I had previously skimmed through the couple of Labyrinth sequel comics that had come out in the past year, and they were pretty horrible, and I expected this to be similar.

Fortunately, though, this volume of the Dark Crystal comic ended up being great. I was not disappointed at all.

Additionally, I feared that this thing was going to have a "fan art" section like the Labyrinth comics had, which were additionally offensively awful. I said very openly that if this comic for The Dark Crystal had a terrible fan art section I was going to tear those pages out and throw them away.

...And the Dark Crystal comic did have a fan art section, but I was actually impressed by the works contained in it.

This gives me much more hope for the movie (which seems to have been pushed back now to 2009). If a similar quality of plot-writing and attention to detail is achieved for the movie as was for this comic, perhaps it will not give me the pain that sequels made decades after the original movie tend to give.
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I enjoyed this version of the Dark Crystal. It allowed you to look at this world in a different prospective than that of the movie. I did find it lacking the magic aspects which was why the prospective was different. Looking forward to see what the next volume will be like.
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Having watched the movie, "The Dark Crystal" many years ago, I was eager to rekindle the excitement. This story definitely delivers and yet allows your own imagination to help build the suspense. Great Read!
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I bought the book because I needed to do some research on the expanded mythology of The Dark Crystal and I was very happy with this purchase. Nicely drawn too.
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By Chris Stevens on January 28, 2013
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further continuation of the dark crystal story... if Jim Henson were still alive, he would've loved this... highly recommended for all ages...
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