Labyrinth is one of those movies that is part of geek culture. From the dazzling puppetry work to the coming of age storyline to the Goblin King himself, it’s a film that stays with people. Something that you keep going back to.
On and off, there have been rumors about Labyrinth‘s return: a big screen sequel, a miniseries, a TV series. The projects just never seemed to materialize. With David Bowie’s death a couple years ago, it just seemed to stall everything.
Well rather than having a sequel to the beloved cult classic, Boom! Studios is bringing a prequel comic series to life. So to speak.
According to Entertainment Weekly, a prequel comic from Boom! Studios’ imprint Archaia is publishing the first ongoing series from the movie. In it, we’ll learn Jareth the Goblin King’s origins and how he himself came to be in the titular Labyrinth, dancing that magic dance.
The series will be written by Simon Spurrier (Judge Dredd, X-Force) and drawn by Daniel Bayliss (Power Rangers). In the series, itself, Jareth will recount his origins to baby Toby. The reader will meet Jareth’s mother and father in 18th century Venice.
CEO and President of The Jim Henson Company, Lisa Henson said, “It’s the backstory of how Jareth came to be in the Labyrinth himself. The Goblin King, he’s not a goblin, he’s human. Many people have asked, ‘Well, how did he get there?’ So, that’s something that we thought we would explore.”
Spurrier talked about the plans for the series.
“We’re sort of having our cake and eating it. The ‘Bowie form’ version of the character is very much present in our story. But there’s a huge amount of stuff about the people who loved him and he loved. What happened to them? How did this all shake out? How did he come to be who he is? I hope that by exercising both sides of that picture, as well as leaning into all the other amazing things that are fantastic about the Labyrinth as a concept, we should hopefully get our Bowie itch scratched while also enjoying the fantastical, surreal wonder of this world.”
It definitely sounds amazing.
To go with the first issue of the series, a series of exclusive covers by Fiona Staples, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Jill Thompson were also released. I gotta admit, they look pretty amazing.
Jim Henson’s Labyrinth #1 will go on sale in February 2018.
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