On the eve of The Dark Crystal’s 35th Anniversary, an epic sequel is poised to continue the fantasy saga launched by the Jim Henson Creature Company in 1982. While technically a kids’ film, the story has serious and terrifying themes that continue to resonate with Horror Freaks of all ages. While news of a movie sequel was seriously bantered about in 2014, the project will be coming to fruition as part of a 12-part comic book series from BOOM!
THR dropped the exclusive news:
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 the 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 …
Horror Freaks who love comics are already familiar with BOOM! for releasing a series of Hellraiser comics that vastly expand on the core mythologies created by Clive Barker.
The Power of the Dark Crystal No. 1 will be released digitally and in comic stores Feb. 15, 2017.
In the original Dark Crystal (Official Synopsis): Jen (Stephen Garlick), raised by the noble race called the Mystics, has been told that he is the last survivor of his own race, the Gelflings. He sets out to try to find a shard of the dark crystal, a powerful gem that once provided balance to the universe. After the crystal was broken, the evil Skeksis used sinister means to gain control. Jen believes that he can repair the dark crystal and bring peace back to the world, if he can only find the remaining shard.