Written by: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Faith Erin Hicks
Illustration: Booke Allen, Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Carolyn Nowak, Carey Pietsch Aimee Fleck, Brittney Williams, Faith Erin Hicks, Rebecca Tobin, Felicia Chhoo, T. Zysk
Have you ever picked up a book, or graphic novel in this case, with not a huge amount of expectations but then you completely consumed it? That’s what happened with the first four volumes of Lumberjanes and I am here to tell you my thoughts on Lumberjanes, specifically the first four issues.
Funnily enough when I first picked a few up from the library I got them in the wrong order! Shock! Horror! What a nightmare! It was especially a nightmare because I didn’t realize my mistake until after I had read the first issue! It was a bummer. Really. I was so upset because I literally read the whole issue in maybe 20 minutes. Sure, that can be one downside to graphic novels and comics, but I don’t see it as a downside. Sometimes having something you can finish nice and quickly is a relief. Once I picked up the issues in the right order I was hooked. I read one a day in about 20 minutes or so and I really did enjoy them.
This is the summary for vol. 1 Beware the Kitten Holy take from Goodreads.
“At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.”
This is all I knew going into it and all you need to know!
Fascinating complicated plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat
These graphic novels are filled with fantasy adventures revolving around five best friends who are away at a Lumberjanes summer camp. Lumberjanes is basically like girl scouts, except way cooler and magical! So these five girls somehow keep getting involved in all these magical and dangerous adventures that happen in the forest surrounding their camp. From mythical creatures to otherworldly portals there is no telling what will come next. I have only read four issues so far, and the story has only just begun. There is a deeper plot and mystery going on here that has only been alluded to so far in these issues.
Each issue has a stand alone plot, so you could read one and be done, but as you continue through the series there is obviously something bigger going on. The previous plots are also really beautifully brought into each issue through references of what happened and character development based on their previous adventure.
Did someone say FIERCE YOUNG WOMEN
I have got to be honest, one of the main reasons I picked these up were because they revolve around some pretty bad-ass young women. They are all vastly different individuals. There are super excitable and enthusiastic characters, overly cautious characters, shy characters, fearless characters, and everything in between. Each girl has her own amazing and fascinating talents and strength, as well as flaws and shortcomings. They are all unique with their own quirks skills and interests. They way they are depicted, through the art and their interactions, really brings them to life and highlights who they are as an individual.
Art to die for!
The art in these graphic novels is so far some of my favourite art. It has it’s very own aesthetic. The colours are vibrant and bold. The character design is beautifully down and incredibly unique to each character and her personality. The creatures and landscape is so well developed and drawn. The aesthetic of these novels really brings the story to life. It is just so gosh darn cute!
I came for the girl power and stayed for the girl power and diversity!
The amount of diversity in this series is fabulous. We have women of colour who don’t all look the same and are clearly very different people from very different backgrounds. We have a range of gender expression from more masculine to more feminine presenting women. There is LGBTQ+ representation in the form of one of the cutest female/female relationships I’ve seen, and gay dads! There are even some hints of trans representation in the first few issues. I am sure that the further I get in this series the representation will only increase and I can’t wait!
For anyone who likes strong female characters, graphic novels, fantasy, and LGBTQ+ representation pick these babies up!
Friendship to the max,