Graphic Novel Review: The Legends of The Dark Crystal: The Garthim Wars Volume I. by Barbara Randall Kesel

January 22, 2014 Alisa Graphic Novel Reviews, Graphic Novel: Fantasy 6 Comments


TitleThe Legends of The Dark Crystal: The Garthim Wars by Barbara Randall KeselLegends_of_the_Dark_Crystal_Vol_1

Blurb: This much-anticipated original prequel to Jim Henson’s fantasy masterpiece is set 100 years before “The Dark Crystal,” the groundbreaking film that won the hearts and minds of fans all over the world, and set the stage for the new age of muppet-making. Available March 2007.

Things I liked:

  • I liked that it was a prequel to the film Dark Crystal and featured new characters/plot line.
  • I think they did a great job in keeping to the original story and mythology of the film.
  • It is such an interesting setting and I loved seeing familiar characters such as the Skesis.

Things I disliked:

  • The plot of the first graphic novel is a bit slow and mostly is establishing the world. I am looking more forward to second installment in which they are going to attempt to save the Gelflings from the Skeksis.
  • It felt slightly too derivative of the original story, especially in the choice of protagonists.

Favorite Moment:


I think the battle between the Gelflings and the Garthim was well done, especially how well it emphasis how small the Gelflings are in comparision to their enemies. I also liked the debate between the Gelflings about the use of violence to defend themselves, because naturally they are a peaceful tribe.

What I thought of the art style:


The style had a manga feeling to it but at the same time it definitely is very detailed especially when styling the Skesis and their elaborate costumes. I wish it had been in color but they still manage to include a lot of details in black and white.


I am a HUGE Jim Henson fan so when I found out there was going to be a series of prequel stories set in the world of the Dark Crystal I was very excited. I always wished there had been more fantasy films done by the Henson company in this style but alas it will never be! This was a good introduction to the series and I really liked the Gelfling characters from the first panel. I appreciated as well that this is a unique story in it’s own right, though the main characters are a bit too similar to the protagonists in the film. However it is rather slow paced and not much happens in this first volume. I do wonder how it will end for the characters because by the point the film begins all the Gelfling characters have been wiped out nearly by the Skesis.  Still I am definitely interested in continuing with the series and will be reading/reviewing the next volume.


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  • Alisa

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6 Responses to “Graphic Novel Review: The Legends of The Dark Crystal: The Garthim Wars Volume I. by Barbara Randall Kesel”

  1. Quinn

    It’s been years since I’ve seen The Dark Crystal. I remember watching that as a child, and loving it. I should watch it again. I’m glad you enjoyed this, even if you didn’t love it. Hopefully the next one will be a little better.


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