Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock #3 Review
Written by: Katie Cook, Katie Strickland and Paul Morrissey
Art by: Katie Cook, Lindsay Libos and Nichol Ashworth
Colours by: Joanna Estep
Letters by: Deron Bennett
Published by: Archaia
Fraggle Rock volume 2 has now reached its third and final issue, with the mix of bright, fun characters and simple life lessons maintained. Once again there are three different stories, one longer main story and two shorter in length. It is clear that the Fraggle characters work very well in an anthology format.
The main feature of this issue is “My Gift is my Song”, a story about Boober (the greatest of all Fraggles) as he tries to find the perfect birthday present for his Fraggle friend Mokey. With each issue, the longest story has felt the most accomplished, which is somewhat to be expected, and the trend continues here. The story is simple, without being patronising or losing the humour and entertainment associated with Henson’s characters. Boober has some great deadpan one-liners, such as “Oh… well, far be it from me to tangle with bureaucracy”. Obviously, in the end Boober learns a valuable lesson about friendship, but the journey to this realisation is very enjoyable.
The other two stories, “Shopping with Silly Creatures” and “Red’s Chomp-A-Thon” make up the rest of the issue. “Shopping with Silly Creatures” is a funny tale from Uncle Matt, the great Fraggle explorer, as he marvels at the wonders of a Laundromat. “Red’s Chomp-A-Thon” didn’t feel as strong as the rest of the issue, but this may be because of my near hatred for the selfish and annoying Red.
The art is very well done throughout, with Katie Cook once again stealing the show. Cook’s art is sweeter and cartoonier in style and the colours on her story, by Joanna Estep, are the right mix of bright colours and a soft tone. Although, the art for the other two stories is still excellent.
I can’t recommend the Fraggles enough, especially for parents with young children. Read together and it will be enjoyed by all. With a fully functioning society, made up of varying species, plus the gentle messages, colourful characters and great art, Fraggle Rock is an all round success.
There is even a section in the back that shows how to make a radish flower and how to draw a Gorg, something which I attempted as you can see below (not that Archaia will be knocking on my door any time soon).