Review: Fraggle Rock Vol 2: Tails and Tales

Retail Price: $19.95
Page Count: 128 pages
Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 8” x 8”, full color
Written by: Tim Beedle, Jason M. Burns, Katie Cook, Jake Forbes, Joe LeFavi, Paul Morrissey, Grace Randolph and Katie Strickland
Illustrated by: Heidi Arnhold, Nichol Ashworth, Ross Campbell, Lindsay Cibos, Katie Cook, Chandra Free, Cory Godbey, Chris Lie and Mark Simmons
Cover by: David Petersen
Release Date: July 20, 2011

Guest Review by: MayhemMiss

Let me start by saying that, despite my kindred spirit-ship with Boober, I loathe the Fraggles. I realize this won’t win me any popularity contests and is a bold statement for my first review here on Gaming Angels – however, I always feel that honesty is the best policy!

The artwork in this second edition of Fraggle Rock: Tails and Tales is phenomenal. From the epic cover illustration of Mouse Guard’s David Petersen to the vivid coloring of Katie Cook (my personal super favorite), I was immediately drawn in, my inner hatred soothed and I was convinced that this was not so bad. Within the book, the style changes with each story and new artist, the way they share their version of the famed characters is magnificent to experience and the sketchbooks at the end really give you a taste of how the art came to be.

The guide in the beginning properly reintroduced me to characters I’d known from my childhood; Red, Gobo, Wembley, the hippie Mokey and many more. This was an essential bonus for me, considering the last time I paid any attention to an episode of Fraggle Rock I was five years old and lacked the mind sucking children that I have today.

Tales and Tails consists of nine engaging and humorous stories wherein the charming characters teach a handful of important lessons such as bravery, thoughtfulness and the value of friendship. The activity pages were surprisingly useful and fun. But best of all; the characters and their hardships are relatable, easily making this a comic that I would share with my own aforementioned children.

Admittedly, aside from a clever quip about cassette tapes and the desire to snuggle each adorable Doozer, the magic of the Fraggles is lost on me – even so, I enjoyed following along on the Fraggles’ adventures! I have no doubt that new and old Fraggles fans alike will find this edition in the series delightful and heartwarming.

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