Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Coronation #6
Archaia/ Boom! Studios
Written by Simon Spurrier
Art by Daniel Bayliss and Irene Flores
Colors by Dan Jackson
Letters by Jim Campbell
As Sarah and Ludo make their way through the Bog of Eternal Stench, Jareth finds himself recalling a similar story regarding his mother Maria and her journey to the Goblin City. Maria finally finds a way to get to the castle, but her journey on the water becomes perilous when she is betrayed again, finding herself hanging on for her life in the increasing rapids of a draining sewer system. As she tries to find a way to get out of this latest predicament, she finds an unlikely ally in a worm named Cible.
After a pretty lengthy discussion with her parents (with Maria still holding on for dear life), Cible decides to help the woman and fulfill her destiny in the process. A destiny that leads the pair out of the sewers and to a garden where another one of Maria’s allies is on the run from the Goblin King’s forces. The king finds himself trying to placate his nobles with sport as he becomes more worried about Maria’s progress and determination. He enlists a surprise spy to help him stop the young woman. A spy who has a deeper connection to the king then we knew about.
Spurrier has done an excellent job taking the mystery in this issue deeper than before. There are some developing layers to this story that are a huge surprise and add some rich details to the life of Jareth as well as some interesting moments in the story that connect back to the original Labyrinth. I was surprised by the connection between one of the characters and the Goblin King as well as being surprised at how Jareth seemed to react to seeing Sir Didymus for the first time. I really want to see that moment explored and what it means to both the overall story, but also to Jareth specifically.
The art by Bayliss and Flores is great and adds some rich details to the story. There is moment of worry in Jareth that is depicted visually. It works really well and helps to give emotional context to the character. I find myself drawn into this story and want to know where it’s taking the reader next.