I reviewed the first issue of Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring last month and fell in love with it. Issue 2 was even more delightful: Boober and Wembley give Shaggy and Scooby a run for their money in their scaredy-catness, there are more random cave creatures singing songs with the Fraggles, and best of all, a postcard from Gobo’s Uncle Traveling Matt. That last was on my wishlist from the first issue, and I’m so glad we got it in this one–it gives me hope that we’ll see Gorgs and Doc and Sprocket in the third or fourth issue.
The art in these books makes me smile from start to finish. Cotterpin’s map is the kind of thing a kid would draw, more like a squiggly line leading to buried treasure than a real map. The cave bats singing along with the Fraggles were adorable, and I would like a stuffed animal version of them to cuddle. Best of all (for me) was the care given to Matt’s postcard. I had wondered how they would make this work (if you remember, Matt’s adventures always involved live actors to give a sense of him out and about in the world). Artist Jake Myler exceeded my expectations with an art-journal style postcard to capture Matt’s adventures in the land of the “Silly Creatures.” One look and you’ll realize why Gobo treasures these postcards so much–I would have loved getting one of them in the mail when I was a kid.
The writing is just like a Fraggle Rock episode on TV with strong messages of teamwork and getting over fears. I always loved the way that Jim Henson’s work taught you without being preachy, and Kate Leth and Archaia have nailed that tone to a tee. And as a fun added bonus, there’s a little dice game to play in the back of the comic. Kids are going to love this issue, and I think a fair share of adults out there will, too. 5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.
ROCK: JOURNEY TO THE EVERSPRING #2
Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Jake Myler
Letters: Corey Breen
Release Date: November 12, 2014