The Other Side of Adaptation: Labyrinth Coronation vol 2
Labyrinth Coronation vol 2 2018
This is the second edition of my new series where I take a look at comic books and graphic novels that were adapted from movies rather than the other way around as I typically cover here. I’m continuing through the Labyrinth prequel mini-series that I started in the first edition. This will likely be a shorter article as the overall presentation of the story remains the same and I’ll just be focusing on how this volume furthers the story. There are still some nice moments that echo the original Labyrinth movie, but it feels like it’s starting to veer farther from the source material into something new yet still familiar. And as I will be discussing the story of this volume, there will be spoilers ahead so be warned.
This volume introduces a couple twists to some of the characters that we’re already familiar with from the first volume while adding another. The new character is reminiscent of the bookworm from the original movie. Only this time, she’s a younger character that has never left home and hellbent on organizing the revolution against the Owl King of the Labyrinth. She’s introduced as Cible and it’s eventually revealed that due to a Brazil-esque clerical error, her full name is Banderghast the Invincible. She’s a fun character for the most part though she can get a bit annoying at times and it’s difficult to tell as of right now how her character arc will progress.
The other big shake up comes when it’s revealed that the chivalrous goblin is actually the son of the Owl King and is a disappointment who wants to leave his birthright. And yet, the Owl King is still able to use his son and his predictable failings to not only trap Maria at the end of this volume, but he also makes her lose her trust in her friend and companion.
Where this story really helps set itself apart from the movie Labyrinth is that Maria actually figures out some of the secrets of the Labyrinth earlier on and is able to shape it and transform it using a sentimental piece of chalk. She realizes that it is in part a dreamscape and uses that to her advantage. There’s still some dramatic tension as the Owl King is able to bring in the subconscious of Maria’s husband to hamper her travels and she is unable to control the world of someone else’s subconscious. I’m still very curious to see where this story and where these characters go. The scenes with Jareth and Beetleglum also help further the story and keep things grounded to the original Labyrinth movie while still making the two of them feel like real characters. Jareth does lose a little bit of his intrigue in favor of the much more interesting Beetleglum, but it’s made up for through the fact that this entire story is more or less expanding on Jareth’s character and origin. Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.