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Fraggle Rock Volume 1- Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
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Published February 24th 2018
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Based on the '80s television series, created by Jim Henson, featuring puppet creatures called Fraggles, the Fraggle Rock graphic novel is a powerful shot of pure, joyous nostalgia. It features the characters fans of the show will remember from childhood; Red, Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Travelling Matt, the Gorbs, Doc and Sprocket. The Fraggles lead a simple life, mainly spent exploring and having fun, living beneath the rock with tiny creatures called Doozers, who build elaborate structures only to have them eaten by the Fraggles. Doc and his dog, Sprocket, live up in the human world, and are occasionally visited by the Fraggles. Sprocket knows they exist, but doesn't have the words to tell his owner about them, much to his frustration. Meanwhile, elsewhere on the surface there is a kingdom ruled by the Gorbs, whose garden the Fraggles raid for food. They would squash the Fraggles if only they could catch them.

The comic, like the show, is full of Henson's trademark idealism. The stories are simple, but fun. Red and Gobo's dares result in them both becoming trapped in the Gorb's garden, which could end in disaster if the Fraggles can't learn to work together. Red tries out some new inventions, the Fraggles receive a fluffy visitor from "Outer Space" and Cotterpin the Doozer plans to create the greatest Doozer tower ever built, if he can just keep the Fraggles from eating it.

Volume 1 contains issues 1-3 of the Fraggle Rock comic, plus activity pages (such as Mokey teaching how to draw a Doozer and a recipe for building a Doozer structure) and a bonus Skrumps story. If you like this one, there is a second volume and also another 4 issue limited series called Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring.

If you're an old fan of the TV show, Fraggle Rock will remind you of the characters you love, but the comics may also appeal to a new generation of fans. They are child friendly, funny and full of innocent silliness.
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