Lumberjanes, Vol 1
Writers: Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Illustrated by: Brooke A. Allen
There’s quite a bit of hype going around about Lumberjanes at the moment and I was more than willing to jump on that band wagon. How could I resist when I heard it takes place at a camp called Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiul Crumpet’s camp for Hardcore Lady Types? The comic was originally supposed to be a short series geared toward tween girls. However, due to the amount of interest it quickly generated, it was picked-up as a ongoing series. It’s still largely written to a target audience of 13 year olds but it was rather enjoyable to my twenty-something cartoon watching self.
Lumberjanes follows five campers as they work to uncover the mysteries surrounding their camp. This collection starts off with a bang as it dives right into the girls battling some three eyed fox spirits in the middle of the night. While I loved that we immediately dove into a fun and fast paced fight scene, it was a bit overwhelming due to the amount of characters that are thrown at you from the get go. The quick pacing continues throughout the rest of the comic with very little downtime and more characters stacking up. Typically, I can care less about character introductions in comics, but this one could have benefited from at least a small caption. I gave up halfway through the collection of being able to attach names to each girl.
Once I gave up the idea of knowing who was who, this comic was pretty fun. There’s a lot of quirky humor that had me laughing out loud on a couple of occasions. Like, I loved how the girls invoked the names of famous women as curses, “What the Joan Jett?!” and that they would earn badges for odd achievements (Pungeon Master Badge). As a whole, it was great to see a comic geared toward tween girls that focused on a group of ladies who truly liked each other and were excited to dive right into a Goonies style adventure. It’s not something that I’ve seen done a whole lot.
With it’s fast paced action, quirky humor and fairly progressive ideas, Lumberjanes is pretty entertaining romp. I would definitely recommend it as a great way to introduce comics to a young girl.