Boom! Studios imprint Archaia is publishing a new ongoing comic series inspired by the Jim Henson movie Labyrinth. Written by Si Spurrier (Legion) and drawn by Daniel Bayliss (Kennel Block Blues), the series will revolve around the origin of Jareth the Goblin King, the character played by David Bowie in the cult classic.
Readers will be introduced to Jareth’s mother and father in 18th-century Venice as the series unravels the origins of the Goblin King. In the original film, Jennifer Connelly played Sarah, a teenager that travels through the Labyrinth to save her baby brother from the clutches of the Goblin King, Jareth. This comic series will find Jareth recounting his own story to Sarah’s baby brother, Toby, as he awaits rescue.
Check out the covers for Issue #1 of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth by Fiona Staples, Jill Thompson, and Bill Sienkiewicz, respectively:
The Jim Henson Company CEO Lisa Henson discusses the comic’s direction, revealing a potentially crucial aspect of the Goblin King:
“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.”
“We’re sort of having our cake and eating it,” Spurrier teased. “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.”
Issue #1 of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth will go on sale in February.
Images: Archaia, Disney, The Jim Henson Company, Boom!