Genres: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Publication Date: October 13th 2015
3 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Someone tell me what’s going on or I am going to freak out, no one else is freaking out the appropriate amount right now.”
In the newest instalment of the Lumberjanes franchise Mal, Molly, April, Ripley and Jo deal with a new set of paranormal challenges. From dinosaurs to meddling Greek Gods nothing is impossible at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types.
Lumberjanes remains a strong and enjoyable comic series for girls and women everywhere. The story feels a little choppier and the pacing is a little fast but the heavy focus on the characters and friendship between the girls keep the story steady. The further inclusion of Jen, the sensible cabin leader, is also a great choice to give the girls a straight-(wo)man.
Being a collection of comics, it doesn’t read as smoothly as a graphic novel nor is the plot as complex. However, the choice made to style the volumes as “field guides” with each issue opening with a badge description is brilliant. It brings the book together and gives readers a little extra info about lumberjanes and what their camp is like.
The art does suffer a big in this volume, there are some issues that look way better than others and it still feels like Stevenson could have illustrated the issues herself for a greater effect. Still the diversity of the girls and the creative designs of their foes can be appreciated.
Lumberjanes continues to be fun for all ages if a little juvenile, a great feminist read if a little over-the-top, but mostly just a perfectly enjoyable story about a bunch of girls who are friends.