Rootling around The Henson company’s old filing cabinets has been fruitful once again for Boom Studios: As reported in THR, a sequel to The Dark Crystal is finally coming out, but in comics form, as a 12-issue series starting next year. The series will adapt the screenplay to an unproduced sequel.
The 12-issue series, titled The Power of the Dark Crystal will be adapted by British writer Si Spurrier from an unproduced screenplay by David Odell, Annette Odell and Craig Pearce, with art by Kelly and Nichole Matthews. The cover for the first issue comes from the Eisner Award-winning Jae Lee, with colors by June Chung.
The series is set decades after events of 1982’s The Dark Crystal, with Jen and Kira distracted by the pressures of ruling Thra and no longer in touch with the needs of the people — which provokes a Fireling called Thurma to set out to steal a shard of the Dark Crystal with which she intends to restore power to her realm. Unfortunately, that mission might also restore the Skeksis, as well…
First off, the cover by Lee is amazing!
Second off, The Dark Crystal came out in 1982, and has been a cult classic ever since. Made with animatronic puppets designed by Brian Froud, it gave us the Gelflings, and yet another misunderstood cult 80s fantasy movie. When people heard
Henson” they thought muppets, but this ws a dark, scary movie with real jeopardy.
A sequel has been considered for a while, with people like Genndy Tartakovsky and Froud involves, but it never quite came together. This script was in development for a while, but why not primte the pump a bit with some comics?
The first issue comesout in February.
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