Hup in The Dark Crystal
Hup the Paladin in Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

BOOM! Studios is preparing to release issue #5 of their 12-issue run of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance comic and we have a preview just for you!

For anyone that fell in love with Hup while watching Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, here’s your chance to see how he got started on the quest that brought him into Deet’s company. BOOM! Studios, along with writer Adam Cesare and artist French Carlomagno, is set to reveal more about the heroic podling’s first foray into adventure in Age of Resistance #5.

BOOM! Studios' The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #5 Preview - The Illuminerdi
Barfinnious the Paladin-Bard, spinning yarns in taverns for the Skeksis…

The new issue is set for release on January 15, 2020. Issue #5 launches a whole new storyline and introduces the silver-tongued bard, Barfinnious, a Gelfling storyteller who inspires Hup with tales of heroism and chivalry. The duo set off on a path toward fame and glory, but Hup begins to doubt the bard’s claims of epic heroics. Is Barfinnious spinning tall tales, or is he the real deal?

Pick up The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #5 when it hits shelves to find out, and come back for more comic previews.

The Dark Crystal Press Release

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 6, 2020) – BOOM! Studios revealed today a first look at the new story arc in JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE #5, the next chapter in a twelve-issue comic book series based on stories from writers from the Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Jeffrey Addis and Will Matthews, introducing the untold histories of key characters from the show, and featuring explosive events tying into the critically acclaimed The Jim Henson Company production.

In JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE #5, available in January 2020, writer Adam Cesare and artist French Carlomagno present the story of fan favorite Hup and brand-new character Barfinnious. Hup is a Podling cook who dreams of being a Paladin. When the chivalrous bard Barfinnious comes to Hup’s village with tales of former glory, Hup leaves his small town to follow him. But the longer they travel, the more Hup begins to doubt that Barfinnious is truly who he says he is. Can he trust the smooth-talking bard to help him realize his dreams or will his future as a noble knight end before it ever really began?

The Dark Crystal is the groundbreaking 1982 film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, featuring never-before-seen puppetry in a fantasy adventure about a young Gelfling who embarks on a quest to save his world from the vicious Skeksis by restoring the lost shard of the broken dark crystal. A prequel television series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, premiered on Netflix on August 30, 2019, to rave reviews and expands the canon and legacy of this epic universe.

JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE #5 (OF 12) features a main cover by illustrator Mona Finden and a variant connecting cover by artists Kelly and Nichole Matthews (R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond).

JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ ambitious Archaia imprint, home to graphic novels such as Bolivar by Sean Rubin; Mouse Guard by David Petersen; Girl in the Himalayas and New World by David Jesus Vignolli; Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón Pérez; Persephone by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky and licensed series including Lev Grossman’s The Magicians by Lilah Sturges and Pius Bak; Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation.

Print copies of JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE #5 (OF 12) will be available for sale on January 15, 2020 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the Madefire. A softcover edition of JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL CREATION MYTHS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION will be available on November 19, 2019, in bookstores everywhere.

For more on JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE and more from Archaia, please visit www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.