Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Coronation #10
Boom! Studios/ Archaia
Written by Simon Spurrier and Ryan Ferrier
Art by Daniel Bayliss and Irene Flores
Colors by Joana Lafuente
Letters by Jim Campbell
Everything is falling apart and Jareth is getting angrier as Sarah and her friends have made their way to the Goblin City and are close to rescuing Toby. Jareth decides to take Toby, despite Beetlegum’s objections and the reader learns that there is something more to the nanny goblin than meets the eye.
Maria’s story continues as well with the desperate mother joining with the rebels to storm the castle to retrieve her son. The Owl King takes the baby from Beetlegum, despite his objections, and tells the goblin to have Maria targeted.
The goblin decides to make a desperate attempt to help Maria only to be discovered by the Owl King’s loyal servant.
Everything is coming to a head with both Maria’s story and Sarah’s reaching their climax. Spurrier and Ferrier masterfully intertwine the rising action of both stories as they parallel each other in a way that shines a spotlight on a character that has more significance to these events than we thought, Beetlegum.
Giving the goblin a role in this story beyond just encouraging its telling is a brilliant move on the part of the writers. There a small sense of subversive joy in seeing both the Owl King and Jareth struggle with the forces mounting against them and not knowing that Beetlegum is there working to help the children they’ve taken. It’s a great story that is building to a climax that I can’t wait to see play out, especially given Beetlegum’s final act of defiance to help Sarah.
Bayliss and Flores continue to produce detailed and amazing art in this issue. With everything becoming increasingly more tense, the art does a great job of showcasing that tension with the expressions of the characters as well as the dramatic panels and splash pages.