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KLIATT - Jennifer Feigelman
Picking up where the 1986 film Labyrinth left off, young Toby—the infant Jennifer Connelly is seeking in the film—has grown into a surly teenager who seems to get whatever he wishes for, though his wishes come with a price. When Toby wishes that he could ace a history exam he did not study for, he suddenly finds a crib sheet with answers on his desk, which promptly leads to his getting caught cheating. Determined to set things straight, Toby writes a stellar paper for his history class. When Toby prints the paper, he sees it whisked off by a strange troll-like creature. Toby takes off after it and finds himself standing at the gates of the labyrinth, just like his sister did, years earlier. While a promising concept, this new manga falls somewhat short in its story development, though one hopes more will be revealed in following installments. Fans of the film may be a little disappointed in this volume: Toby's character is not well constructed, leaving readers wanting to know more about where he came from and to fill in the gap from his abduction as a baby to now; and while many of the creatures from the original make an appearance between chapters, few are prominently featured in the story. Despite these flaws, this volume will probably be popular with manga and fantasy fans alike, and the preview of Tokyopop's next movie-to-manga, The Dark Crystal, will whet the appetite of young fans.
Library Journal
The 1986 fantasy movie Labyrinthbegins with Sarah jolted out of her teen-anomie when the Goblin King kidnaps her little brother—she must go into the Labyrinth to rescue him. The three-volume sequel concerns brother Toby. Now a blasé teen himself, he's unknowingly been protected by the Goblin King, who has designs on him as an heir apparent. When sucked abruptly into the Labyrinth world, Toby wants none of this business. But as with Sarah, and with scores of manga teens before him abducted into Elsewhere, it isn't as simple as that. Toby must confront a wealth of strange beings and circumstances and somehow grow up and deal with them. The plot develops with a satisfying mix of odd characters and page-turning action. Not as charming as the original—it's a boy story, not a girl story this time—it holds its own as teen fiction. But while the cover is gorgeous, the interior drawings from a different artist simply don't have much style or grace. In particular, the shading is muddy and overused. Will teen readers care? Perhaps not. Some potty humor; ages 13+.
—Martha Cornog
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598167252
  • Publisher: TOKYOPOP
  • Publication date: 8/8/2006
  • Series: Return to Labyrinth Series , #1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    Ever wonder what became of Sarah after she rescued Toby and what became of Jareth?

    I immediately picked this up remembering that I heard about it and forgot about it later. I was so happy that they continued with the story but sadly its about Toby but Sarah does thankfully make a cameo. I must say that the drawings are cool and of course characters from the movie appear in this like my faves hoggle, and ludo. sir didymus also appears oh and those weird orange chicken 'let's take off her head' creatures. I must say that Jareth looks different but to be honest is better in the movie. This is the story of Toby all grown up and finds himself in the labyrinth meeting the infamous Jareth. The ending I was like oh 'awkward'. Also in the book you'll recognize some certain locations that were in the movie from the dance ball scene and the escher staircase. Now going to read Volume 2 and awaiting Volume 2.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

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    Garbage!

    That's right! Don't read it!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    What Happened After the Movie...?

    This story is about Toby, and Jareth's plot to get Toby to be the Goblin King once and for all. I love the story so far, but I am deeply displeased at the lack of Sarah's involvement, and also, how she turned out in the manga, baring no resemblance to her character in the movie. However, the plot and the characters make up for it, and it becomes one of those heart-warming, amusing stories you'll want to keep reading again and again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2008

    excelente!!

    I am a HUGE labyrinth dork! when my friend showed me the book, I immediately asked her if i could borrow it. Since it's an easy read, I finished it while in class. It is just amazing! I almost cried when i read chapter six because Ludo comes out (obviously Ludo is my favorite.) I highly recommend it to every Labyrinth Lover! P.S. even as a drawing, David Bowie is still hotter than a lifeguard in spandex.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    First time GN reader

    I work at a library and have always seen this book. It peaked my interest in graphic novels so i picked it up.It was the first one I read. IT WAS AWESOME! I read the entire thing on my lunch break. Now i'm searching for other graphic novels and can't wait till I get them. I just got the second volume in and can't wait to read it! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

    Loved it!

    It was very difficult to put this book down. I enjoyed it very much and thought it was a great continuation to the movie. Volume 2 is excellent also! I can't wait for Volume 3 to come out!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2006

    Mixed feelings, but hopeful.

    Pros: The goblins look exactly as they should, the landscape & props are well drawn, the clothing & screentones aren't bad. Moppet is a fantastic new charater that will keep you comming for future volumes. Plus there's that cover art. Drumlin is an interesting new villian. Cons: Moulin seems like one tacked-on extra too much, the illustrator has an unforgivable Amerime style & can't draw hands or profiles worth beans, the author changed Sarah in such a way that old fans will feel uncomfortable with, & it feels more like a fanfic than a sequal.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

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    Labyrinth being one of my all time favorite movies. Childhood mo

    Labyrinth being one of my all time favorite movies. Childhood movie actually, I had no idea there was even a series that continues after the events of the movie. And well, maybe I shouldn't had high expectations. I mean I liked it, don't get me wrong. The art style, the familiar characters were good. But I don't know, I guess I wanted to have Sarah back as the MC but still. Its a good start. And that ending, wow talk about awkward.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

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    Review by AcesMommy

    It immediately picks up after the ORIGINAL(Jim Henson's Movie). Thinking this would be the end of Toby's journey to The Labyrinth, he returns once more but this time is he actually going to be a goblin or something MORE.

    The art work is great, and old friends Ludo, Sir Didymus, and Hoggle are back in the story. Has humor, continuous pace of the story line, and just can't wait for the next volume.

    NOTE:
    This may not be the Original, but it is still a good read and a nice way to continue and have a nice ending to the movie. It's good to be open minded.

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  • Posted October 30, 2010

    If you love the movie...

    If you loved the movie you will enjoy this series. This is first of a four part series. It picks-up where the movie leaves off.

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  • Posted October 25, 2009

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    Labyrinth Continued...

    A great continuation of the epic movie, Labyrinth. This is the first of four manga that go on to tell just what happened to Toby, the baby kidnapped by the goblins and the rescued by his sister, Sarah. All the original characters are back in the story. It reviews the movie's story line and continues on with the love between Sarah and Jared, shows you what is happening with them and the state of the goblin world. Amazing manga, among my favorites.

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

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    Jareth is Back!

    Toby's sister rescued him from the Labyrinth, and the Goblin King's clutches, when he was just a small child. Since that time, unbeknownst to Toby or his family, the Goblin King has been watching Toby. This graphic novel is set about 12 years after the movie "The Labyrinth" ends. I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel. I loved the movie Labyrinth (there is a movie poster hanging on my wall at home) and it was great to revisit old characters and be introduced to new ones. Recommend to anyone who enjoys Jim Henson or Brian Froud.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2007

    It doesn't really make a difference.

    Sure, the cover art may outshine the interior, but who cares? It's a good manga. Though I wish Sarah had a bigger part to play, what with it being about Toby and Jareth. I enjoyed it. Then again, everyone is entitled to their opinions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2007

    The cover is all the good it has

    The idea of a sequel to such a great movie is what drew me in and I saw the cover of the book thinking it must be good. But as soon as you open the book the art is no longer beautiful like the cover (By Kouyu Shurei). But is of sloppily drawn pictures and lame jokes. The plot is a mess and not worth the time to read. Not to mention, Tobie is a brat in it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    Its great

    It a great Manga I cant wait till the next one comes out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

    hard to put down

    One of my favorite movies continues!!! I was shocked when I saw the cover and opened to check a few pages and found an imaganative twist on a world that I enjoy. I agree with most people that the cover is so much beter than the art on the inner pages but if you can get past the art it is still a captavating story. I had troubles trying to put it down. I can't wait for the next to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

    Ok

    It's ok.. It's not the best book in world. I saw the movie and I love the way they drew Bowie. But I think they should draw better manga if they are writing a book that is based on a movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

    labyrinth

    this book brings the labyrinth back to life im expecting grate things frome this book and i hope they keep the same stile as the movie and i hope that sarah and the jarith get to gether becousse they are in love with echothere it just that sarah dusint want to edmit it but all in all i love the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2007

    You can read better stories on Fanfict.net

    It's such a shame that no one has done anything beyond the Labyrinth besides this. In the movie, we only get subtle gazes at the depths of Jareth and Sarah--clearly when I pick up a supposed sequel, those would be the characters to peak my interest. Toby's role to date has been as a screaming or gurgling baby--and nothing in the original novelization or 2 Labyrinth screenplays out there would have hinted at his ever evolving into anything more. Even if manga publishers can do whatever they want (and so can the kids who write stuff on Fanfiction.net) that doesn't change audience expectations. First and foremost, the Labyrinth is and remains about Sarah. The parting shot we are left with in the film shows Jareth in owl form still watching her. Also in the first screenplay, there's alot more tension between Sarah and Jareth and it becomes apparent that Toby is really a side-character. As with many 'children's books' the story is alot darker and more powerful than what it seems. (Since Labyrinth is geared towards children the working screenplay was toned down a bit.) Needless to say, it's a shame that Jim Henson/Disney productions to date have overlooked Jareth's seemingly antagonist role (he's alot more complicated than he's appeared) and have short-changed the so-called 'coming of age' of Sarah (how can you say she's come of age when she still is sitting in her room playing with muppets?) The fact that they would ok a release of a manga that is completely contrary to what we have on film and elsewhere is disappointing, especially when some 15 year-old girls writing their own stories can come up with better plotlines and still remain true to the characters in front of them. Artwork = so-so

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2006

    You remind me of a babe. A babe without the power.

    While the idea of a sequel to great Jim Henson movie is well appreciated the art and plot lack detail and the old dark atmosphere that the movie gave us. The story of this graphic novel centers on Tobey who is now grown up and in short, a twit. Sarah, who was originally the protagonist for the movie, is put on the backburner. And while the concept of Jareth trying to manipulate Tobey to return to the Labyrinth is intriguing it is written with such an ambiguous aquality. The modernization of the classic story does not bode well either and leaves behind the old wonderful setting that set off the movie. All in all unless the characters and plot develope within the next few books it is not worth even a second of your time.

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