Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Jake Myler
The Jim Henson Company was a large part of my childhood, and many others. They were the shows and movies that stuck out in my mind the most. I still find myself watching movies that include muppets. This book appealed to me initially, purely for the sake of nostalgia. Fraggle Rock was a show I always looked forward to watching and one I wish they would reboot. I still remember the theme song like it was yesterday. I’ve had it stuck in my head since reading the book. The whole feel of the book reminds me of the show. It’s something I think Jim Henson would be proud of, honestly. It’s exposing a whole new group of kids to Fraggle Rock.
Kate Leth did an amazing job of replicating the playfulness of the show into the writing. This mini-series focuses on Gobo and his need to invent something helpful. He starts asking his friends if they need help. Once a problem is found that he can help solve he finds he will be helping both the Fraggles and the Doozers. What a great message to have included in a book that’s suitable for all ages. Many times people get so wrapped up in their own lives and their own problems. They forget that those around them, that they care for, need help with problems too. This is a great reminder. This is a story I could see being produced on a show from The Jim Henson Company.
While the show was created using muppets, the art in this book is drawn. Jake Myler kept the appearance and whimsy of muppets. If for any reason muppets were no longer allowed this is what I would imagine the Fraggles to look like when animated. The liveliness of the Fraggles and the colors hold true to what I would expect. Everyone is accurately portrayed as if Myler spent a large amount of time drawing with the muppets sitting right in front of him. I couldn’t be happier with his art. The variant covers he has created are just as amazing. A personal favorite is one where he included Jim Henson. I’m sure it will be a cover sought after by many people.
The collaboration between Leth and Myler is amazing. I felt like I had traveled back to my childhood. I had a large grin plastered on my face the whole time I was reading the book. If people didn’t know any better they’d think I breathed in some of the Joker’s laughing gas. I’d recommend this book to anyone that grew up watching the show. It’s great for all ages much like the shows we’ve come to love from The Jim Henson Company. I look forward to reading the rest of this mini series.
“Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring #1” earns 10/10