The end of the month is upon us, Grand Geeks and Gatherers galore! But don’t despair, dear friends, for the indie comics world has plenty in store for you this week as the blistering cold continues to hit me hard in my neck of the woods. Warm up though to these wonderful delights and pray for that early spring to come!
Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Coronation #1
Writer(s): Simon Spurrier
Artist(s): Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artist(s): Fiona Staples
Synopsis: “Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal) and Daniel Bayliss present a magical look into the world of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth! Before Sarah braved the Labyrinth to save her brother, another young woman sought to save a young boy named Jareth from the clutches of the Goblin King. The untold history of the Goblin King and the history of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. He wasn’t always the Goblin King.”
One of fantasy’s most highly recognized fandoms. Hands-down. No debate even necessary on that front. Anyone not living under a rock for the last thirty-five or so odd years will recognize instantaneously the iconic story that this book represents and the absolute treasure it has been to generations of movie watchers and readers. Now it is time to go into a bit of prologue with regard to the Goblin King. Far before Sarah’s adventures is when this story takes place. And of course we all want to know that burning question…just who was Jareth before he became the Goblin King anyway?!
Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #1
Writer(s): Jeff Lemire
Artist(s): Max Fiumara
Cover Artist(s): Max Fiumara
Publisher: Dark Horse
Synopsis: “This dual-narrative story set in the world of the Eisner-Award winning Black Hammer series chronicles the legacy of a Golden-Age superhero. An aged crime fighter desperately wants to reconnect with his estranged son, who he hoped would one day take the mantle of Doctor Star. Over the course of the story we learn his World War II-era origin, how he got his powers, his exciting astral adventures, the formation of some of Black Hammer’s greatest heroes, and more in this heartbreaking superhero tale about fathers and sons.”
This very story is the sum total of everything that was good about Golden Age comics and their characters with just a bit of the dash and flare for a modern story. With a superhero who wishes to reconnect with his son combined with side-stories of origins and beginnings, this tale gives something to the audience that speaks to us all, whether daddy issues exist or not. One almost hopes that they do reconnect and give Doctor Star a new lease on life.
And there you have it, folks. Ending off February with tales of classic Jim Henson fantasy and the wider world that Black Hammer had created. The stories are solid as is the art that just begs you to purchase it at the mere touch of a button on your phone or tablet. But I implore you to go that extra step and show support for your local comic stores by marching down there and buying the hardcopy editions yourselves. Read them and share with your friends. Start up a conversation and be sure to leave a comment or two. But most importantly Grand Geeks and Gatherers, remember…GGG!