REVIEW: Jim Henson’s The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow

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Writers: Fred Van Lente, Corinna Bechko, Dan Braun, Peter Bagge, Len Wein
Artists: Alison Sampson, Drew Moss, Simone Delladio, Peter Bagge, Art Baltazar, Luis Bermejo
Cover by Dustin Nguyen

Color / $24.99

SOLICITATION:

WHY WE LOVE IT: After the success of Archaia’s Eisner Award-winning graphic novel Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, we are proud to partner once again with The Jim Henson Company to bring to life another previously unknown piece of the Jim Henson Legacy. The only thing more exciting than finding the script for the project was securing the talents of the amazing Roger Langridge, the Eisner Award-winning writer and illustrator of The Muppet Show Comic Book and Snarked, to adapt and illustrate the project!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Eisner and Harvey Award winner Roger Langridge gets to bring to life hilarious, never-before-seen puppet creations by Jim Henson in an oversized all-ages adventure.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Turkey Hollow is a picturesque town where hundreds of years ago, unbeknownst to the citizens, a meteorite landed near a small brook on the outskirts of town. One Thanksgiving, while young Timmy Henderson practices his guitar, he’s accompanied by strange, unearthly, musical sounds. That meteorite wasn’t a rock at all but an egg holding seven furry, goofy monsters, each with a unique musical sound! After the initial shock, Timmy befriends the lovable creatures, who follow him all around Turkey Hollow. Not everyone takes a liking to the visitors, though, and it’s up to Timmy to protect his new friends and save Thanksgiving!

 

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REVIEW:

I was looking forward to this one and it didn’t disappoint me. I’ve been a fan of Roger Langridge’s artwork for quite a long time, since Fred the Clown, and while his Muppet Show stories had a nice feel, at many times his artwork didn’t carry that feel that the Muppets had. I think it works so well here because I didn’t have a preconceived notion of what the monsters should look like, and that Jim Henson’s initial plan was for the Muppets that he used were to blend more into the scenery. The story is concise, but feels very fleshed out, despite so many panels that are textless. Usually in these cases, when I get to the end of a story, I feel like it took for too little time to finish that long a story, but here, I finished and felt satisfied with the amount of time I spent reading this story.

The opening sequence isn’t really needed, and while the bonus pages of  behind-the-scenes photos, sketches and script pages are a treat for those that like the process of creating comics, most of it could be missing and I’d never miss it. Overall, this book is a recommendation for me, even with the hardcover price point, but the story itself is so good that you almost want it in a format that’s more durable so you can share it with your kids.