Review: ‘Beneath The Dark Crystal’ Issue #11

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Beneath The Dark Crystal #11

Jim Henson’s: Beneath The Dark Crystal #11 is published by Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, written by Adam Smith, illustrated by Alexandria Huntington, and lettered by Jim Campbell. Previously, Kensho and Thurma fell under attack from dark forces in separate parts of the land. Kensho and his band of Gelfling followers were making the trek to the Crystal Castle when they were set upon by the Gelflings of the branch who were infected by the darkness that resides in the Skeksis metal.

The greed and want that inhabits the metal, drove the Gelfling mad. They hunger for the power that lives inside of Kensho, the gift he received from the Dark Crystal. While deep within the planets crust, known to the Firelings as Mithra, Thurma and Nita battled against the ages-old being, The Fire That Stays. The Fire That Stays is a being of great power, one who can control the element of water, the most dangerous of all the elements to the firelings.

Beneath The Dark Crystal #11

Beneath The Dark Crystal Issue #11 picks up moments after issue #10 finishes. Kensho senses the dark in his brethren, he understands their pain. For all of his faults, he has only ever wanted to help, but until now he hasn’t been able to fully realize how he could lift this darkness from the land. Kensho is the lightborn, the one who sacrificed his life to the Crystal during The Power of the Dark Crystal and was reborn anew. With the help from an old friend from the Castle, his purposes finally reveal itself.

Thurma, who is still under siege from The Fire That Stays, races to get her people to safety. This elder of the Firelings wants to dim the lights of all of his people, and from the ashes bring forth a new generation. He is a powerful foe and equipped with the most dangerous weapon in the land of Mithra.

Beneath The Dark Crystal #11

Overall, I think this is a solid issue, but it feels very much like a continuation of Beneath The Dark Crystal #10 without any real progression in the story. Smith has crafted each issue to have its own tone and message. So for Beneath The Dark Crystal #11 to feel so similar in nature to the last is disappointing. The struggle for this series is in finding the balance since it has two main plots that co-exist within the same time period. Giving both equal spaces for their stories to unfold is difficult.

Where Smith truly excels is in the depth of the dialogue that the character Kensho delivers in the last third of the issue. As his destiny becomes apparent, Smiths words clearly paint the imagery on how Kensho can heal the land, and how he can heal the infected Gelflings of Thra.

Huntington continues to deliver work of the highest caliber and I’ve admired her panels in my prior reviews. She has found an outlet to make the characters and the land within her own vision but also so clearly and unmistakably in the style of the Dark Crystal. Additionally, Campbell’s lettering reads extremely well. His words and sounds fade into the page and you don’t so much see them as hear them. He never clutters the page and given the monologues that Smith likes to work, it is impressive. Overall, the lettering is comfortably paced and sized.

I enjoyed the issue, but ultimately it felt too similar to the prior issue. I was hoping to encounter or see something different as we’ve come to expect from this series.

Jim Henson’s: Beneath The Dark Crystal #11 is available now everywhere comic books are sold.

Beneath The Dark Crystal #11
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TL;DR

I enjoyed the issue, but ultimately it felt too similar to the prior issue. I was hoping to encounter or see something different as we’ve come to expect from this series.