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Comic Book / Crystar Crystal Warrior

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Clockwise from center: Prince Crystar, the Crystal Castle of Galax, Prince Moltar, Ambara, Warbow, the Fountain of Fire, some dragon-mounted Magma Men, Ogeode the Wizard.

A short-lived fantasy comic from Marvel Comics. It had its own accompanying action figure line from Remco.


  • Art Shift: The art style changes drastically between issue #1 and #2.
  • Big Bad: The demon lord Chaos. Only glimpsed once, in the first issue as a huge fanged skull with horns. Zardeth works for him.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Played for humor: Ika once obliquely asks Ambara if it bothers her that, since she's flesh and blood, she and Crystar can never actually, you know... "Certainly not!" Ambara says, and stomps off while Ika smirks. A more poignant example: in the last issue, with his dying breath, the evil wizard Zardeth punishes Moltar and Lavour for betraying him by restoring Moltar's humanity, but leaving Lavour still a woman made of living magma. And this just after Lavour had finally realized that she genuinely loved him. Fortunately, Lava Is Boiling Kool-Aid, so they don't have to avoid each other entirely, but they can never touch.
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  • Crystal Landscape: Set on the planet Crystalium, where crystals that would be priceless on Earth are as common as rocks, and are indeed used as rocks for building. Conversely, when the heroes briefly visit Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, they can't believe the incalculable wealth on display there: wooden furniture and shelf after shelf of paper books.
  • Emergency Transformation: The wizard Ogeode turned Crystar into a being of living crystal as the only way to save his life after Moltar stabbed him. Warbow and Ika are likewise transformed to save their lives. Stalax, Koth, Kalibar, and eventually Bek volunteer for the process, though.
  • Eviler Than Thou: When Zardeth finally wearies of Moltar's ambivalence to the cause of Chaos, he goes out and recruits the bloodthirsty savage Malachon and his followers.
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  • Evil Sorcerer: Zardeth.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Zardeth wears one after Warbow shoots out his eye. He returns the favor, and Warbow wears one for the rest of the series.
  • Genki Girl: Ogeode's daughter Ika is cheerful and perky and upbeat. She could easily count as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, except that she winds up with Stalax who was pretty genki to begin with.
  • The Great Offscreen War: The story opens with a lengthy war against the forces of chaos having only recently ended. The royal court is appalled to learn that the prophecy that the war will restart is already upon them.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Moltar finally stands up to Zardeth and makes a Heel Face Turn in the last issue. Somewhat to her own surprise, Lavour realizes she actually does love him, and she follows him over to the good guys' side.
  • Hot-Blooded: Ogeode's wife, the diminutive warrior woman Shen, who may or may not actually be a dwarf.
  • Irony: A letters page message from one reader points out that, despite their avowed allegiances, Zardeth the wizard of chaos is actually very organized and focused, while Ogeode the wizard of order is messy, disorganized, and chronically absent minded.
  • Karmic Transformation: Attempting to kill his brother in a moment of rage and throwing his lot in with Chaos to try and avert another war ends up turning Moltar and his followers into a race of Magma Men and Women.
  • Lawful Stupid: A voyage to visit Ogeode's bosses in the Land of Order reveals that they've got more than a bit of this vibe to them. Ogeode himself expresses the need for a balance between order and chaos. His bosses aren't very keen on the idea.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Bek learns the hard way that being turned into a Crystal Warrior doesn't by any means make you invulnerable, especially if you charge in when you don't actually know how to fight.
  • Love Dodecahedron: There was a brief love quadrilateral in the first issue, where Lavour and Crystar planned to marry, though Moltar loved Lavour and the meek palace servant Ambara secretly loved Crystar. This gets resolved quickly though — when Crystar appears dead, Lavour shamelessly switches her affections to Moltar, while Ambara finally gets to tell Crystar how she feels, and he responds in kind.
  • Love Epiphany: Lavour originally wound up with Moltar out of pure, shameless opportunism (even though he genuinely loved her). When he makes his Heel–Face Turn at the end, she realizes she really does love him, and does likewise.
  • Love Triangle: Ika, Stalax, and Ika's ex-boyfriend Bek.
  • May–December Romance: The diminutive but cute warrior Shen appears to be much younger than her husband Ogeode, but she's absolutely devoted to him. For his part, he's frequently embarrassed by her Hot-Blooded enthusiasm for things (including him!), but he clearly loves her as well.
    Shen: "He is not old! He is Ogeode!"
  • Merchandise-Driven: Averted. Had an action figure line from Remco. Contrary to popular belief, the comic was conceived first, with the toyline opportunity coming later, but the two did none the less hit stores at the same time. Marvel, not Remco, owns the rights to the characters. Further averted by the fact that, after the Art Shift in the second issue, most of the characters don't even resemble their toys very much.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Ika does not wear much, and Lavour (with the excuse that she's made of magma) gets away with wearing nothing at all.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the first issue, when Moltar has been manipulated into stabbing his brother Crystar and (wrongly) believes he has killed him, he cries "WHAT HAVE I DONE?" A few scenes later, when his actions lead to him and his followers being turned into monsters (as they will remain for the rest of the series), he has a single Beat Panel of blank horror as it all sinks in... and then composes himself and loudly embraces this fate, for the benefit of his followers if nothing else.
  • New Old Flame: In the Land of Order, we meet Ika's ex-boyfriend Bek. He's arrogant and it's clear why she dumped him, but he still loves her and wants to prove himself to her. It ends up costing him his life.
  • Nice Hat: Crystar wears a friggin' sweet helmet in the first issue that, after the Art Shift, he sadly never wears again. On the other side, Zardeth has his creepy one-eyed, flat-topped cowl.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, back in his adventurer days, Puck from Alpha Flight paid a visit to Crystallium and met Crystar and Moltar's father. To this day, we still don't know the details of this adventure.
  • Order Versus Chaos: A conflict between the mystical forces of order and chaos. These concepts map reasonably well onto "good and evil..." but not perfectly.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: "Dragons," big and little, are completely ubiquitous on Crystallium. It's no exaggeration to say that most of the animal life (both wild and domestic) we see has a draconic look to it.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Crystar and Moltar appear to be this... but Moltar's ambivalence about his position as Chaos's stooge and his suppressed-but-real underlying decency show that they're really not so different.
  • Power Crystal: Ogeode's Prisma Crystal is his most powerful magical artifact, and the tool he uses for turning humans into crystal.
  • Reluctant Monster: Moltar isn't remotely happy that his actions have turned him and his followers into monsters, but he puts on a brave face for them because he actually does care about them. He remains badly conflicted through the whole run of the comic.
  • Rock Theme Naming: Crystar (crystal), Moltar (molten), Ogeode (geode), Ambara (amber), Lavour (lava), Feldspar (feldspar), Stalax (stalactite), Malachon (malachite).
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: It becomes a minor running gag that Koth and an unnamed Magma Woman are clearly attracted to each other, and flirt whenever they bump into each other. When the conflict ends in the last issue, they apparently get to live happily ever after.
  • Wizard Classic: Ogeode. Long white beard, robes, mysterious and absent-minded, check check and check.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: As described above, the planet Crystallium is up to its armpits in enormous gems and crystals. They're literally as common as rocks, and about as valuable. Buildings are made out of them. Then in one issue, the cast winds up magically transported to the home of Doctor Strange, on Earth, and they're awestruck at the incalculable wealth on display: wooden furniture everywhere and entire shelves full of paper books.