In this concluding chapter of the Everspring saga, Gobo, Red, and the Fraggles contend with the mound of garbage blocking the Everspring. The strengths of this book are many. First, the bold and colorful artwork will capture the attention of readers young and old. Second, the lessons taught come through without the heavy preaching found in other, less effective children’s tales. For instance, this issue deals with fear of the unknown and with ecology. Finally, the book provides a story that’s refreshingly fun.
As far as weaknesses are concerned, there are a few. Some of the humor comes off as a little flat (see the ‘myth-informed’ joke). Also, I can’t really see how the songs would be effective. I know Henson would love to have music incorporated into everything he could, but I am sure he would agree that the song in the midst of this issue seems out of place.
All of the reviewed issues of this series have been outstanding, and I would recommend picking up the comics or the soon to be released collection if you have some younger readers in the house. This would be a great introduction to the medium of comics, an excellent primer for teaching some life lessons, and a great and colorful distraction.
Boy, do I wish Doozers were real.
Writer: Kate Leth Artist: Jake Myler Letterer: Corey Breen Publisher: Archaia/BOOM! Studios Price: $3.99 Release Date: 1/14/15 Format: Mini-Series (4 of 4); Print/Digital