Genres: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Publication Date: April 7th 2015
4 OUT OF 5 STARS
Five girls: Mal, Molly, Ripley, April and Jo attend Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp. They’re excited to spend a summer experiencing friendship to the max! But the area around the camp has other plans – talking statues, hipster yetis, rabid foxes and some kind of Holy Kitten? The girls will have to use all their Lumberjane skills to get through this mess!
The first volume of Lumberjanes contains a fun and quirky plotline about friendship, girl power and fighting supernatural forest monsters. It focuses on girls and their ability to solve any issue. It has strong female characters that are strong in different ways without condemning any particular types of girls. April is not less for being more traditionally feminine. Unfortunately, the message can be a bit too strong at points. Which is fine for younger readers, but for adults you can already see the message loud and clear it’s frustrating to have it shoved down your throat to make sure you know this is feminist.
The art is adequate. I’m not a fan of the style and I much prefer Stevenson’s which is used on the cover. The art in the book isn’t BAD – it’s just not as clean and cute. It’s sketchy and why is April the only one with actual eyes? I’ll never not be bothered by the fact that she’s the only one with eyes. It also feels a bit like some of the body type diversity is lost without Stevenson. The characters are tall and thin or short and chubby depending n the different panel but Mal’s thickeness or Jo’s lankiness never really come through. It’s definitely not enough to dock the book more than a point and certainly not worth putting the book down over but it is a slight dissapointment.
The characters get little development, but they’re so colourful and clearly separate from each other that it’s easy to love them anyways. This is definitely a story you read for the characters and the relationship between them and the plot and art are only so-so. There’s plenty of great friendship moments and a decent dose of humour.
A great series for young girls readers – and maybe even older women if you like supernatural hijinks.