website statistics Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Volume 2 - PDF Books Online
Hot Best Seller

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Volume 2

Availability: Ready to download

The Great Conjunction is at hand in this dramatic second volume of Archaia and The Jim Henson Company's trilogy of prequel graphic novels that tell the origin of The Dark Crystal. Aughra, the beloved guardian of Thra, has gone into hiding, while her son, Raunip, leads a team of emissaries to the Crystal Castle. There they will bear witness as the visiting Urskeks attempt to The Great Conjunction is at hand in this dramatic second volume of Archaia and The Jim Henson Company's trilogy of prequel graphic novels that tell the origin of The Dark Crystal. Aughra, the beloved guardian of Thra, has gone into hiding, while her son, Raunip, leads a team of emissaries to the Crystal Castle. There they will bear witness as the visiting Urskeks attempt to use the Conjunction to power their voyage home. But pain and mistrust fostered by the group leads to events that will corrupt the world to its very core and transform the Urskeks into two distinct races: the gentle urRu and the terrifying Skeksis. Brian Froud, legendary fantasy artist and conceptual designer of Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal film, returns to oversee this crucial chapter that reveals the tragic events that caused the Bright Crystal to darken and shatter. Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths is an original graphic novel hardcover series set one thousand years before the crystal cracked, before the world of Thra fell to strife and destruction. Original Dark Crystal movie concept designer Brian Froud plots, provides the cover, designs characters, and art directs this beautiful hardcover. Written by Brian Holguin (Spawn), and illustrated by Alex Sheikman (Robotika) and Lizzy John.


Compare

The Great Conjunction is at hand in this dramatic second volume of Archaia and The Jim Henson Company's trilogy of prequel graphic novels that tell the origin of The Dark Crystal. Aughra, the beloved guardian of Thra, has gone into hiding, while her son, Raunip, leads a team of emissaries to the Crystal Castle. There they will bear witness as the visiting Urskeks attempt to The Great Conjunction is at hand in this dramatic second volume of Archaia and The Jim Henson Company's trilogy of prequel graphic novels that tell the origin of The Dark Crystal. Aughra, the beloved guardian of Thra, has gone into hiding, while her son, Raunip, leads a team of emissaries to the Crystal Castle. There they will bear witness as the visiting Urskeks attempt to use the Conjunction to power their voyage home. But pain and mistrust fostered by the group leads to events that will corrupt the world to its very core and transform the Urskeks into two distinct races: the gentle urRu and the terrifying Skeksis. Brian Froud, legendary fantasy artist and conceptual designer of Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal film, returns to oversee this crucial chapter that reveals the tragic events that caused the Bright Crystal to darken and shatter. Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths is an original graphic novel hardcover series set one thousand years before the crystal cracked, before the world of Thra fell to strife and destruction. Original Dark Crystal movie concept designer Brian Froud plots, provides the cover, designs characters, and art directs this beautiful hardcover. Written by Brian Holguin (Spawn), and illustrated by Alex Sheikman (Robotika) and Lizzy John.

30 review for Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Volume 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    This is the part of the origin story most are going to care about, how the Skeksis and Mystics came about. The art is still wonderful. Again fans of Dark Crystal can't really go wrong with this. This is the part of the origin story most are going to care about, how the Skeksis and Mystics came about. The art is still wonderful. Again fans of Dark Crystal can't really go wrong with this.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    And so on to the second the Creation Myths trilogy of the Dark Crystal - as I have said many time before it is very difficult to comment about a book without spoilers especially when it is part of a series, even more so when it is the middle of a series. This is not helped by the fact that each book is so closely linked to the others with the dialogue flowing almost continuously. The reason for this is that the story (or myth) is being told by an unknown stranger - keen to pay his way with all t And so on to the second the Creation Myths trilogy of the Dark Crystal - as I have said many time before it is very difficult to comment about a book without spoilers especially when it is part of a series, even more so when it is the middle of a series. This is not helped by the fact that each book is so closely linked to the others with the dialogue flowing almost continuously. The reason for this is that the story (or myth) is being told by an unknown stranger - keen to pay his way with all that he can offer - a story. The idea is an old one but lends itself perfectly to this world. The artwork is very much in keeping with the film and lends it an air of authenticity I sometimes find is missing from sequels and related material. This series so far has really carried the feel and atmosphere of the original film and I for one think has done a great services to the material while at the same time bringing something new.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shaina

    This one details the events up to the Second Great Conjunction when the beings of light, the Urskeks, split each into two beings. You see the events that lead to the crystal cracking and turning colors and the castle as well. There are also many of Jim’s original concepts as he thought of them, explained between he and Brian Froud, as well as some sketches. It shows how the idea of such a world and even the movie evolved. This keeps some of the more original concepts and is true to the movie at This one details the events up to the Second Great Conjunction when the beings of light, the Urskeks, split each into two beings. You see the events that lead to the crystal cracking and turning colors and the castle as well. There are also many of Jim’s original concepts as he thought of them, explained between he and Brian Froud, as well as some sketches. It shows how the idea of such a world and even the movie evolved. This keeps some of the more original concepts and is true to the movie at the same time. I was amazed and I love it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Just as good as the first! This volume explored how the mystics and the skeksis came about and why the crystal was purple. It makes me amazed at how well they made the movie and made these connections.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pip

    I’m finding that the tales told through these comics being so much more understanding and closure to the story of Thra. I feel like I can’t get enough. Absolutely amazing read and the artwork is entrancing!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mila Elizabeth

    The pieces of the puzle that is Thra's history come together in this volumen. And it's pretty sad? Sure, I'm not sobbing into the abyss like I did with the season finale of Age of Resistance, but still, sad. The art is still beautiful, the story-telling is still finely done, and although there are no intertwined tales or poems, the Afterword by David Odell is a lovely and most welcome addition for a newly committed fan of this marvelous world. The pieces of the puzle that is Thra's history come together in this volumen. And it's pretty sad? Sure, I'm not sobbing into the abyss like I did with the season finale of Age of Resistance, but still, sad. The art is still beautiful, the story-telling is still finely done, and although there are no intertwined tales or poems, the Afterword by David Odell is a lovely and most welcome addition for a newly committed fan of this marvelous world.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    THE WORLDBUILDING!!!!!!! (that is all)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nathanael Crisp

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If the first were a solid entry in the Dark Crystal mythos that set the readers mind alight with a combination of questions and satisfying answers, then this second entry is a perfection of that concept. In this book comes the formation of the Skeksis and Mystics, via the corruption of the Urskeks and the crystal’s rejection. While the Gelfling and Podling characters are endearing, the true story here is one between Augra and her adopted son Raunip. His anger and the resulting chain of events lea If the first were a solid entry in the Dark Crystal mythos that set the readers mind alight with a combination of questions and satisfying answers, then this second entry is a perfection of that concept. In this book comes the formation of the Skeksis and Mystics, via the corruption of the Urskeks and the crystal’s rejection. While the Gelfling and Podling characters are endearing, the true story here is one between Augra and her adopted son Raunip. His anger and the resulting chain of events leads to the climactic events of the formation of the two opposing species. A satisfying conclusion, yet as the mysterious narrator alludes, there is yet another story to be told...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gaelan D'costa

    This book takes what was seeded in the first book and weaves it into the Cracking of the Crystal. It serves as a nice mirrored tale to the movie, the movie plot in reverse with negative themes. This is really pleasnt much of the time but is conversely aggravating as the story sometimes drops into over-constrained fan-service at times (Kira's quip about wings in the movie was a sledgehammer of wit to a young me, but here it seems a weak callout to the audience. There's even a dreamfasting sequence This book takes what was seeded in the first book and weaves it into the Cracking of the Crystal. It serves as a nice mirrored tale to the movie, the movie plot in reverse with negative themes. This is really pleasnt much of the time but is conversely aggravating as the story sometimes drops into over-constrained fan-service at times (Kira's quip about wings in the movie was a sledgehammer of wit to a young me, but here it seems a weak callout to the audience. There's even a dreamfasting sequence that goes exactly where you'd expect it to.) This being said, the dynamic of Aughra's role in the world and the nature of the Urskeks has become complex. The crystal's cracking (and the urskek's fall from grace is tragic in a compelling and frustrating way, if not necessarily a morally reductive one.) The potential of the Podling race is shown here, having had but a brief set of cameos in the movie. Once again, the beauty (and menace) of the world and its flora/fauna fluidity is demonstrated effectively. I'm really curious where the story of Aughra's son is going to lead, and evaluations of his character become even murkier. I've heard the third and final volume got cancelled, which is a tragedy because I really want to know how this story will end up.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jd

    A great followup to the first volume. I enjoyed getting to see the events that lead to the separation of the Urskeks into the Uru and Skeksis. The dialogue was very well written, and the art is gorgeous.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    This land was green and good Until the Crystal crackedNow that the preliminaries are done, the part I really wanted to see comes. Volume One was about Thra's origins, the beginning of life, and the coming of the Urskeks, with a few diversions into fables and myths about the Gelflings. In one of those Gelfling stories, Gyr the musician travels to the ends of the world and hears an Urskek singing a song that was so mournful it took all melody from his heart, and he took a job as a simple dockworker This land was green and good Until the Crystal crackedNow that the preliminaries are done, the part I really wanted to see comes. Volume One was about Thra's origins, the beginning of life, and the coming of the Urskeks, with a few diversions into fables and myths about the Gelflings. In one of those Gelfling stories, Gyr the musician travels to the ends of the world and hears an Urskek singing a song that was so mournful it took all melody from his heart, and he took a job as a simple dockworker until he was invited on a trip to the castle of the Crystal. Only then does he sing, when one of the Urskeks convinces him to sing the song he heard only to realize it was his own song of loneliness sung in the empty places, and he drives Gyr out of the room in a rage. I get why he feels that way. Raunip is suspicious of the Urskeks for their entire existence on Thra, despite their seeming benevolence, but the entire time he was right. The Urskeks aren't peaceful travelers from another world, come for a time to share knowledge and participate in the harmonious ordering of society. They are exiles, heretics, cast out of their own world for the crime of individuality. Most of the Urskeks have come to peace with this and are ready to return home, but one is ashamed of their exile and even more ashamed that others have learned about it. And when they gather during the Conjunction to travel home, that darkness grows and the Crystal will not let them pass. And so the Urskeks split into the Skeksis and the urRu, the Skeksis crack the Crystal and send the world of Thra out of balance, and all the tragedy that's the backstory of The Dark Crystal takes place. Maybe collective punishment...is bad. Brian Froud's art is the highlight of the book, but in this case the story moves closer to center-stage. I thought the first book was only average, but I'm definitely curious about what happens now that the Skeksis are the masters of Thra. Previous Review: Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Volume One. Next Review: Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Volume Three.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    The saga continues… The conjunction of all three suns in Thra’s skies is a long-looked for event. Yet, it comes only once every thousand years. Because of this, Aughra is the only one to witness each time they arrive. Only she understands that the conjunctions always bring great change. Because the denizens of Thra appear to have no written history, no one else remembers the Urskeks coming to Thra in the first place…except Raunhip, Aughra’s petulant and suspicious son. Raunip’s antagonism towards The saga continues… The conjunction of all three suns in Thra’s skies is a long-looked for event. Yet, it comes only once every thousand years. Because of this, Aughra is the only one to witness each time they arrive. Only she understands that the conjunctions always bring great change. Because the denizens of Thra appear to have no written history, no one else remembers the Urskeks coming to Thra in the first place…except Raunhip, Aughra’s petulant and suspicious son. Raunip’s antagonism towards the Urskek is irritating and baffling and only serves to throw an unneeded wrench in the proceedings. He’s upset that they’re there and yet needles them as they’re about to leave. You wonder why they even invited him to the party. The overall tone of the book is gloomier, too, with levity provided mainly by the Podlings who look like sock puppets with eyes and hoodies. Dark somber colors like black and purple predominate the pages. However, we get more insight into the Podlings in this installation since the first book dealt mostly with Gelfings. The more you read about this story, the more exciting it gets. Finally, we see how the Skeksises and Urru came into being, how the crystal gets damaged and how the various races react to the horrors newly unleashed in their midst. It’s a thrilling story and I’m eager for the conclusion.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alan Castree

    I’m surprised it has taken me so long to indulge upon the expanded Dark Crystal content. One of my favorite movies. The new show really got me friending for more content and sure enough, there’s a bunch out there. The Creation Myths series has been really rewarding so far. About 4000 years or so of lore. The first volume begins with the beginning of Thra and Aughra. The first great conjunction she witnessed brought the Urskeks, the next one a thousand years later divided them an corrupted the Cr I’m surprised it has taken me so long to indulge upon the expanded Dark Crystal content. One of my favorite movies. The new show really got me friending for more content and sure enough, there’s a bunch out there. The Creation Myths series has been really rewarding so far. About 4000 years or so of lore. The first volume begins with the beginning of Thra and Aughra. The first great conjunction she witnessed brought the Urskeks, the next one a thousand years later divided them an corrupted the Crystal. Then we learn the Dark Crystal Movie is a thousand years after that. How cool is that!?!!! Going to move right on to volume 3 soon, but there’s two other comic series to enjoy (which I believe happen 100 years before and 100 years after the 3rd great conjunction).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah J

    Based on the in-story universe of the film "The Dark Crystal," the writing and art is exactly in line with the atmosphere of the film: mysterious, beautiful, but with dark corners. The world of Thra is shrouded in mystery, a place where one must accept things, but at the same time question everything. Brian Froud, who designed the background, creatures, and overall look of the original, returns to illustrate a prequel, showing how the Mystics and Skeksis came to be, why Aughra lives in an orrery Based on the in-story universe of the film "The Dark Crystal," the writing and art is exactly in line with the atmosphere of the film: mysterious, beautiful, but with dark corners. The world of Thra is shrouded in mystery, a place where one must accept things, but at the same time question everything. Brian Froud, who designed the background, creatures, and overall look of the original, returns to illustrate a prequel, showing how the Mystics and Skeksis came to be, why Aughra lives in an orrery, and how the Gelflings came to have such a large place in the history of the magical planet.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Pankau

    The story of the world of The Dark Crystal before the movie. If you're really interested in back stories and folklore and "The Dark Crystal" movie, this you'll enjoy this. Recommend reading all three volumes together as a whole. This volume deals with the continuing history, and specifically the second Great Conjunction, and what happens to the Urskek then. All three volumes together is a 4* story (each volume on its own would only be 3*). The story of the world of The Dark Crystal before the movie. If you're really interested in back stories and folklore and "The Dark Crystal" movie, this you'll enjoy this. Recommend reading all three volumes together as a whole. This volume deals with the continuing history, and specifically the second Great Conjunction, and what happens to the Urskek then. All three volumes together is a 4* story (each volume on its own would only be 3*).

  16. 5 out of 5

    April Helms

    Really enjoyed this second installment. This details the fall of the UrSkeks, the formation of the urRu and the Skeksis (which looked far different than I would have pictured at their beginning, but the design makes sense), the cracking of the crystal, and the aftermath. Raunip and Aughra grow more distant, especially after Raunip finds out about how he came to be. Again, great story, loved the history, and lovely illustrations. Hope I can get my hands on the third volume soon!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michael Vantrease

    Great read and visual, it fills in a good portion of the back story missing in the film itself. It is good to see specific items and lore explained, which do add to the tapestry of it’s mythos. Great read and visual, it fills in a good portion of the back story missing in the film itself. It is good to see specific items and lore explained, which do add to the tapestry of it’s mythos.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Josh reading

    This volume chronicles the tragedy of the Great Divide and how the wise mystics and the cruel Skesis came about from the separation of the Urskeks. It’s sad to realize that a highly advanced people who just wanted to return to their home became split into two parts of their being. This separation has immense consequences for Thra and all its inhabitants. Overall I really enjoyed this volume as it tells of one of the most important moments in the history of the Dark Crystal.

  19. 4 out of 5

    James Taylor

    In Volume 2 of this comic trilogy, Raunip leads a group to the Crystal Castle where the Urskeks are attempting to return home via Conjunction. The first Volume contained several small stories, but this one opts for one long story; the origins of the “urRu” and “Skeksis”. It takes a while to become interesting, but I think the first one was more entertaining.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ahdom

    The story progresses a bit more and gets us closer to the familiar landscape that we have come to know in the The Dark Crystal. I didn't realize there was a third volume in this series, so I will likely see how Creation Myths wraps up. This comic I liked a lot simply because it tells a familiar backstory and fleshes it all out with beautiful illustrations. The story progresses a bit more and gets us closer to the familiar landscape that we have come to know in the The Dark Crystal. I didn't realize there was a third volume in this series, so I will likely see how Creation Myths wraps up. This comic I liked a lot simply because it tells a familiar backstory and fleshes it all out with beautiful illustrations.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicollette Winiewicz

    The Dark Crystal mythos has always been a curious thing, but this graphic novel series has shed some light on how the world came to be as it is at the start of the movie. Again fantastic illustrations and masterful storytelling!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth

    Loses some steam towards the end, (especially during the anti-climatic manner in which the Skeksis and Urruks are created,) but other than that, a very interesting collection of tales from the wildly imaginative world of Jim Henson.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rocky Sunico

    This is the big one - the book that finally covers the origins of the Mystics and the Skeksis and the traumatic event that led to their creation. And it's quite the journey. There are still more questions than answers but the book already covers essential ground. This is the big one - the book that finally covers the origins of the Mystics and the Skeksis and the traumatic event that led to their creation. And it's quite the journey. There are still more questions than answers but the book already covers essential ground.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Pitkin

    Love the artwork and the story is really good as we finally start getting closer to learning how Skesis and the Mystics. Also we are finally getting closer to learning who our storyteller is and what happened to Raunip.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    A beautiful continuation of the origins of Thra and how the different species are interacting with their alien visitors. I love the artwork and the characters.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    A few more revelations and back story, and you find out that the visitors are actually outcasts and exiles, not the benevolent visitors as once thought.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    If you ever wondered about the back story of The Dark Crystal then read this. This one tells how the crystal broke and the Urskeks split into the Skeksis and Mystics.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Krystl Louwagie

    Still interesting art, ok storyline.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Stunning second part of the creation myths trilogy--great filler content.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Adelaide Metzger

    Review for full trilogy to come

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.