While Jen and Kira deal with the chaos the Skeksis have wrought on the castle, Thurma and Kensho are out in the wilds of Thra on the run from the Crystal Guard, unaware that something far more treacherous followed their trail: the Chamberlain.
There are few occasions where I’ve felt the need to start off in atypical fashion and immediately speak of the cover of a book. Had this been the first thing I ever saw from this series, I’d have been pulled in just because of the wonderful outer artwork. Fortunately, this fifth issue of The Power of the Dark Crystal is far from the first thing and hopefully far from the last.
Almost nearing the halfway mark of this welcomed continuation, the story appropriately begins to really pick up. Thurma is desperate to get back home, no matter what stands in her way, especially the Chamberlain who as usual is up to no good. Kensho eventually finds himself getting found by his pursuers, and he and Jen find themselves at odds both doing what they feel to be right. Seemingly called upon by the Chanter, a mysterious and beautiful creature enters the fold, saving Kensho and intriguing Jen. There is a lot going on from all sides of the story and it should be truly interesting to see how it all comes together.
There should only be so much that I can speak to for the high quality of the artwork that we see in this series, but it continues to offer more. I’ve often spoken about how much I love Thurma, her design and how great she looks. A couple pages in this chapter really emphasized that, with one literally filled with that bright and beautiful appearance. As should be the least surprising for something with the Henson name attached to it, more new creatures were thrown in, adding to the already great lineup.
As this series often does and will likely keep on doing, I was left with a lot of emotions from what happened. The characters from each part of the story have already been through so much and I’m sure that’s not even the worst of it. I can just feel another round of heartache coming, possibly for more than one of them, but I can’t help but look forward to reading more. With the halfway mark approaching, if you need to catch up, do so quickly while it’s still not too hard to do.
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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.