You might have seen the “How Well Do You Know The Lyrics to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” quiz (or whatever it’s really called) on Facebook this weekend. I took it, got a 16 out of 18, and promptly blamed it for my inability to do complex math. I mean, that theme song is obviously taking up real estate in my brain, right? Yeah, turns out that’s not the only one. And if you grew up in the 80s, you’ll share this one with me. I took one look at the cover to Archaia’s Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring #1 and immediately burst out with “We’re Gobo Mokey Wembley Boober Red!” At least the Fraggles feel a like a more educational walk down memory lane than Fresh Prince.
I have loved every Jim Henson title that Archaia has brought to press, and this one is no different. I was tearing up by the second page with the illustrated Fraggles surrounding Jim Henson by a Doozer construction because so much of my childhood was centered around that man and his wonderful creations. The Fraggle Rock comic is a great tribute to that, following the formula of a Fraggle Rock episode right down to the Gobo breaking out into song with some of the lesser known creatures of the caves. To be honest, before reading this issue I couldn’t have told you what the structure of a Fraggle Rock episode was—it’s been years since I’ve seen one—but as I was reading it I kept thinking “Oh yeah! A song!” and “Oh yeah, Cotterpin!” All these half-forgotten memories from years ago came rushing to the forefront of my mind, and I was just as engrossed as eight-year-old me would have been. It’s nostalgia for the 80s kids, but I think it will also be appealing to kids today; I can’t wait to get my goddaughter hooked on this title!
The graphics are simple, yet right, the colors are just as crisp as you remember them from when you were little (probably crisper, you remember how you had to fiddle with the knobs on those old TVs), and your Fraggle and Doozer friends are just like they were when you left them. The only things missing so far are the Gorgs. Doc and Sprocket, and a postcard from Gobo’s uncle, Traveling Matt. It’s only issue #1, though, I’m sure they’ll turn up. I didn’t realize how much I’d missed Fraggle Rock…I bet you didn’t, either. 4.5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts for a wonderful blast from my past.
FRAGGLE ROCK: JOURNEY TO THE EVERSPRING #1
Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Jake Myler
Letters: Corey Breen
Release Date: October 8, 2014