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EXCLUSIVE: Artist Ramon Perez's fiery cover for Jim Henson's Beneath The Dark Crystal #1

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Mar 29, 2018

Capitalizing on the enduring interest in the licensed properties of The Jim Henson Company like Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth, Boom! Studios is reloading with a fresh new fantasy title this summer called Jim Henson's Beneath The Dark Crystal.

Boom! begins a tempting trek into uncharted territory in the wake of the incredible response to its The Power of The Dark Crystal last year. This new 12-issue series will be written by Adam Smith and matched with captivating art by newcomer Alexandria Huntington. Its wondrous tale dips deeper into the mysterious subterranean kingdom of Mithra with the endearing characters of Thurma and Kensho.

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Here's the official solicitation synopsis:

Writer Adam Smith (Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 2017 Special) and rising-star artist Alexandria Huntington unveil a new sequel to the hit film as Kensho arrives at the Crystal Castle where he was once a lowly acolyte and is asked to accept the responsibility as leader of Thra. But he will have to rectify sins of the past before he can decide if he - or anyone - is fit to rule. Meanwhile, the realm of Mithra is being rebuilt by the newly-crowned Ember Queen Thurma, whose own quest to decide the future of her land is thrown into question when another Fireling makes a claim as the true heir to the throne.

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“The Dark Crystal is undeniably about wonder and hope, a fantastical world to be explored and saved from evil,” said writer Adam Smith in a press release. “In Beneath the Dark Crystal, we're so excited to continue that exploration to the world beneath Thra, Mithra. The Jim Henson Company has always told undeniably human stories wrapped in magic and mysticism, and we hope that readers will not just join us, but connect in some way, to a new world of hope and wonder. The next stage of Thurma and Kensho's relationship is a very human story, just with Firelings, Gelfling, and a very powerful Light.”

Jim Henson's Beneath The Dark Crystal #1 strikes out in July with a main cover by Benjamin Dewey (Autumnlands), alongside variant covers by Eisner Award-winning artists David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Ramón K. Pérez (Jane), and the acclaimed Dave McKean (Arkham Asylum, Sandman).

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Check out SYFY WIRE's exclusive unveiling of this striking Ramon Perez cover above, then tell us if you're under the spell of these magical explorations of the realms of The Dark Crystal.