“Friendship to the max!”
Normally I read superhero comics. I love Thor (female version) and Ms. Marvel, but I also like anything with Thor (male version), Hulk, or X-Men. Pretty much anything from the Marvel universe (so when they started making those movies a few years back I was pretty much in heaven). But, for the Read Harder Challenge 2016 I was instructed to read a “non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years”. So I picked Lumberjanes.
Now, I’m betting a lot of my readers don’t know much about comics, and I rarely post reviews of them so let me take a moment to explain some things.
This comic series we’re looking at is called Lumberjanes. It’s full of awesomesauce and lady jams! What I read, specifically, is known as a Trade Paperback or (TPB) or, if you’re into shortening things (and I am) just, a Trade.
Trades collect between 4 and 8 issues, the flimsy, 20-or-so page item you probably think of when you hear “comic”. In this case, my Trade, Lumberjanes Vol 1 (or #1), contains issues 1-4. Reading in Trades is usually cheaper than purchasing a new issue every time they come out, but in the case of Lumberjanes, it also means you get very far behind because it takes Boom! Studios for freaking ever to publish a new Trade. Okay, rant over 🙂
This was my official verdict as soon as I finished this volume:
Yep; as soon as I finished reading I felt compelled to make a graphic to commemorate my experience.
Thematically, this comic deals with things that are right up my alley. It follows a group of girls (Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley) who are at a summer camp, and of course they go on adventures (I love adventures). What’s particularly cool about this group is that it is diverse. Take a look at this panel (one of the boxes on the page of a comic). You can see a variety of skin tones, hair colors, heights, weights, wardrobe styles, and even physical bearings.
Two of the girls are also part of the LGBTQIA+ community, and the way that is introduced — subtly, naturally — made me squeal with delight.
I also really love that the overall message in this comic is one of friendship. It gives me the warm fuzzies.
I loved the artwork — the colors are gorgeous, vibrant, and natural — just like the girls and the setting they’re in.
Characters = win.
Themes = win.
Artwork/colouring = win.
Lettering (where the word bubbles are placed) = not always a win. I imagine some noobs (people new to comics) would have a hard time following the dialogue on some of these pages.
Story = pretty much a win. Slightly unbelievable turn of events, but heck we’re dealing with talking Sasquatches at one point so maybe I should just suspend all my disbelief.
Overall = a very satisfying, fun read (and super funny and riddled with amazeballs references), but probably a comic people who identify as female will enjoy more than those who identify as male. Maybe. I dunno. Definitely check it out.
This concludes my super informal review of Lumberjanes.
“Beware the kitten holy!”