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The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Vol. 1 Hardcover – 1 Mar 2013

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Archaia Entertainment (1 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193639300X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393008
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Froud is an English fantasy illustrator whose work has been used as the inspiration for creatures in films such as The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. He collaborated with Terry Jones, who was a screenwriter on Labyrinth, on The Goblins of Labyrinth and subsequently on a number of books about faeries and goblins, the "Lady Cottington" series. More recently he has worked with American writer Ari Berk on books including The Runes of Elfland. Froud has also dabbled in other media and has just created a deck of Oracle cards called The Heart of Faerie Oracle made in conjunction with his wife Wendy Froud.

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Brian Holguin is a comics writer best known for his work on Aria and Todd McFarlanes Spawn.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Burton on 20 July 2012
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I just received this book and have to say WOW. It is MUCH higher quality than I thought it would be. It has a beautiful hardback cover and is a wonderfully illustrated graphic novel in full glossy colour inside with beautiful drawings. What a GREAT prequal story. I have to say that I am really impressed with this and will definitely look out and order book two. I am a massive fan of the Dark Crystal - and this is a great collectors item that ties in with the original movie. I hope that more of these are released. Amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By As Matner on 11 Mar. 2013
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This book is well worth the current price. From the beautiful cover design to the artwork within this is a must have for any fans of the Dark Crystal. In volume 1 a great deal of background history of established characters is revealed such as Aughra. I can't wait to pick up volume 2 & hopefully vol 3 won't be too far behind.
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By Álvaro Clemente on 10 Feb. 2013
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Amazing! A masterpiece! the perfect prequel to the wonderful movie of The Dark Crystal! A must have! The drawings are beautiful, and the writing is simple yet stunning! If you're a real fan of The Dark Crystal, this must be between your books!
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By JJ on 18 Dec. 2013
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Well recommended. Great item and breand new. Great addition to anyones collection. A must for any avid fans. Worth it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Interesting development of backstory 1 Mar. 2012
By Brendan J Rumph - Published on
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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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The Dark Crystal - before The Dark Crystal - need I say more??? 25 Oct. 2013
By Tabitha @ Not Yet Read - Published on
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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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The Dark Crystal illuminated 12 Oct. 2012
By Johannes - Published on
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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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Beautiful artwork with a great background story 5 Aug. 2013
By Karissa Eckert - Published on
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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. I also don't remember the Light Bringers. It is the Light Bringers that bring technology to the world of Thra.

I don't remember the Gelfings being hunter/gatherers and that is what they are initially portrayed as in the novel. The Light Bringers basically pull the Gelfings out of a hunter/gatherer community and into a more enlightened age.

The story sets up things for the next two books. Basically we are introduced to the characters, the world, and some beginning conflict. There are some interesting epic poems throughout the book as well that were fun to read. This book should be appropriate for all ages, I didn't really run into anything in here that I wouldn't let my six year old son read.

Overall an excellent read, I really enjoyed it. The artwork is absolutely beautifully, the story is engaging and interesting. I love the world of Dark Crystal and am so happy to be able to learn some background on the world of Thra. I am very eager to read volume 2. I highly recommend this to fans of fantasy graphic novels or to fans of the Dark Crystal world.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating Dark Crystal lore 3 Oct. 2013
By Anastacia Russell - Published on
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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