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The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Vol. 1 Hardcover – December 28, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment; 1 edition (December 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193639300X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393008
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Hensen is best known for his work on the Muppets as well as his other creative works in story and film such as The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, and Sesame Street. The humor and whimsy of his characters have continued to entertain generations of children over the past 42 years.

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I can't wait for volume 2!
teacherchick
I highly recommend this to fans of fantasy graphic novels or to fans of the Dark Crystal world.
K. Eckert
The art is amazing and the story has the same depth and beauty as the original film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brendan J Rumph on February 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This graphic novel has several good points. It enriches the pre-Movie background introduced in Froud's World of the Dark Crystal without getting too bogged down in trivial details. Being a book of "mythology", you don't have to get too hung up on the specifics of certain tales, such as how the gelfling maid got her wings, and enjoy them for what they are, stories. While in a distinct style, the artwork fits well with the ambiance that Henson and Froud had already established for Thra. My personal favorite aspect of the book is the further development of the Urskeks. Building on the ideas introduced in the WotDC, you get more of their story built in a way that makes them more approachable as characters.

The only reservation I have is the introduction of Augra's son, Raunip. While a necessary element to telling the story, particularly because of how they developed Augra's character, Raunip's presence is strange. As the asserted "trickster" character, he is useful in demonstrating Augra's blind-spots in her role as Observer & Guardian of Thra, and helping flesh out the 'darkness' of the UrSkeks, but his origin seems pointless, and I can't help but think that before the series is done, he will be quite dead. Perhaps a gelfling could have served the same purpose?

Overall, I am very glad to have added it to my Dark Crystal collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johannes on October 12, 2012
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At first I was skeptical, though being a fan of anime, the thought of desecrating my beloved Dark Crystal with cartoons seemed sacrilege. However I was pleasantly surprised by the artistry and story telling. If you are a fan this will scratch your itch! One thing I enjoyed about the art was this pervasive unity that flows between frames of the comic style picture boxes. Instead of a series of pictures in some cases the entire page is used to blend seamlessly the ever unraveling flow of the story. Though the main story is punctuated with divergent tales of hero's and wondrous deeds, they are all cleverly woven together with that same unity. The book like the Triple Suns, sheds much light upon that which time had hid and dust had swallowed. But the tale is far from all told!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tabitha @ Not Yet Read on October 25, 2013
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The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths is some of the best graphic novel art I have seen! If you’ve ever seen Jim Henson’s movie The Dark Crystal and loved it as much as I did as a child then I’m sure you’re going to love these graphic novels! The art is inspired by Brian Froud’s illustrations and is so spot on with the artistic style of the movie. But this isn’t the storyline from the movie it is the PREQUEL! And who is our star this time but Aughra! Ever wonder where her missing eye went? Well now you can find out. The storyline jumps around a bit in this first volume – from Aughra, her son and some wondering Song gatherer gelfling but I suspect there is a reason for that. If you’re a fan you should definitely give it a peek. It even has a few full page text pages within the volume that tell more of the story which is not a normal thing in a graphic novel.

I’m off to dive into volume 2!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anastacia Russell on October 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A fascinating look into the Dark Crystal mythos. Much better than Tokyopop's Dark Crystal manga. Beautifully illustrated, and very interesting. i'll be sure to look for the next volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Eckert on August 5, 2013
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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 Earth Goddess type, and her favorites of her world are the Gelflings. However she strays a bit from tending the world to scouring the heavens when a race called the Light Bringers show up and introduce Aughra to the worlds beyond her own. Aughra's son, Raunip, thinks that the Light Bringers are leading his mother astray and wants to bring a stop to the Light Bringers rule.

It has been a long long time since I have seen the Dark Crystal movie. It's one of those movies that I desperately wanted to watch over and over when I was young. While I loved the story in the movie, I remember thinking the actual movie itself was a bit boring. I really did enjoy this graphic novel though because it expands on the story and tells how the world of Thra got to be where it was in the Dark Crystal movie.

The artwork is absolutely breathtaking. It's full color, beautiful and is easy to follow. It does a wonderful job of conveying what the world of Thra is like and does an excellent job with character expressions as well. It's just absolutely stunning.

The story was well done too. There are definitely desprepencies with the movie though. I remember Aughra being a bit goofy in the movies, here she was more of a Goddess figure that the Gelfings worshipped.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nolan P. Smith on January 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Jim Henson's classic the Dark Crystal is back as a graphic novel, and it brings the quality we all know and love. The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths takes readers to the beginning of a world, where life started to stir and a journey of a lifetime began. I knew of The Dark Crystal film, but never had the chance to view it. After reading this book, I now cannot wait to view it. The entire book had the feel of something ancient and sacred, and being a Henson work, it should be considered sacred to the creative community. The book does leave off on a cliffhanger, making me wish the second volume was already out, but I have a feeling it will be worth the wait.
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