Labyrinth: Coronation Vol. 1 Review

  • Author: Simon Spurrier
  • Illustrator: Daniel Bayliss and Dan Jackson
  • Series: Labyrinth: Coronation #1
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • No. of pages: 112
  • Dates read: 12.07.21
  • Star Rating: 2 stars
  • Challenge: Not a Novel

Plot: Long before Sarah ventured to save her baby brother from the clutches of the Goblin King, another young woman, Maria, sought to save her child from an unknown fate within the Labyrinth. Set in 18th-century Venice, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation is a striking look into the mysteries of the Labyrinth itself, uncovering the fate of a small boy named Jareth who would one day be King.

I loved the movie this comic is based on. It is one of my all time favourites. So, when I saw that this comic was a prequel to the movie I got super excited and had to pick it up straight away. I didn’t go into this comic with many expectations I was just excited to be back in the world.

That being said, I didn’t love this.

Starting off with the art. The cover of the comic and the big 1/2 page spreads were really good but I didn’t love the panels. I felt that some of the detailing that went into the larger spreads were missing in the smaller sections. I really enjoyed the character design of the various inhabitants of the Labyrinth. But I didn’t really like how Jareth and his father looked, even though they are movie accurate, I just didn’t like it.

In terms of plot, I tend to say, for the first volume of a series, that the volume basically was setting up characters and basic plot points. Well, this comic just dived in head first. I liked that we just jumped right in with the story but sadly the comic as a whole felt really rushed to me. I didn’t feel like we had enough time with all the side characters to establish them as characters to be invested in. I also just didn’t really know where the story was going. The story is being told by an adult Jareth who tells Sarah’s brother, who he took, about how his own mother went into the labyrinth to save him when he was a baby. During the comic we cut back to adult Jareth a couple of times as he monitors Sarah’s progress through the Labyrinth but it felt that when we cut to Maria she is barely getting far at all and then when we cut to Sarah she is always super ahead and it got me confused with where the comic was actually going as structurally it felt too rushed.

In terms of characters, as I briefly mentioned before, we are only with the side characters for a brief amount of time and because the comic felt rushed I didn’t really connect to them at all. Maria, on the other hand, I really liked. I loved her determination, her work ethic and her refusal to let down her son. It made for a really compelling character since you know from the beginning that Jareth becomes the King of the Labyrinth anyway so you are super interested to see what happens to her and her character at the end of the series. Out of all the characters, I connected with her the most. It was such a shame I wasn’t invested with the other new characters because they seemed really cool.

Despite there being a couple of strong elements in this comic I won’t be continuing the series. I didn’t feel a strong urge to pick up the next volume, I feel more inclined to look up the ending instead rather than investing my money.

The next book I will be reviewing will FINALLY be The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan. It took me over a month to finish it but I managed it. My first ever 1000 page book. The review will most likely be filled with spoilers just for a heads up.

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