The sequel to the 1982 Puppet-fueled fantasy classic The Dark Crystal is finally here! Not as a film as many had hoped for, but rather in the form of a 12-issue comic book series entitled The Power of The Dark Crystal, stemming from the un-produced screenplay by David Odell, Annette Odell, and Craig Pierce. The comic itself will be brought to us by Boom! Studios and Henson Company
If you were a child of the 80’s then Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal was a quintessential part of your filmic fantasy movie going life! If you were not a child of the 80’s then stop making the rest of us feel old and immediately go ask your parents to show you this classic piece of puppet history. Now that we’re all on board, let’s talk about the upcoming sequel.
THR reports The Power of the Dark Crystal comic version will be written by Si Spurrier, with art by Kelly and Nicole Matthews. The cover to the first issue, which you can see below, was done by Jae Lee with colors by June Chung.
The 1982 Jim Henson and Frank Oz directed fantasy classic follows a Gelfling (i.e. Elf’s with Bon Jovi hair) named Jen who sets out on a quest to return the lost shard of a powerful gem, thus restoring balance to the world. In his way are the dreaded Skeksis, bird-like warriors who still hold up to this day as ten out of ten on the creep factor. The comic sequel will pick up decades later where Jen and Kira,a fellow Gelfling find themselves distracted by the pressures of ruling Thra, allowing a Fireling named Thurma to steal a shard of the Dark Crystal in order to bring back power to her realm — and in doing so, risks awakening the malevolent Skeksis.
Jim Henson Co. CEO Lisa Henson talked up the Dark Crystal sequel comic in a statement:
[T]he creativity that went into writing and designing the feature film was such that we wanted our fans to be able to see and enjoy it now through this comic book series. We are very proud of the story that the screenwriters David Odell, Annette Odell, and Craig Pearce wrote. Our partners at Archaia and Boom! Studios are the only people we could trust to expand and illustrate the story, and we are thrilled that it will soon see the light of day!”
The first issue of the twelve-part series will hit digital shelves and real shelves on February 15, 2017. The original The Dark Crystal celebrates its 35th anniversary next year.