Lumberjanes, Volume 1 (2015)
by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen
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!
Graphic Novel Review
Lumberjanes is an exciting adventure staring five butt-kicking girls at the most awesome summer camp ever. The story is imaginative and the ladies come in all varieties. It’s all about fun and friendship, as they take on whatever secrets lurk in the woods.
It’s wonderful to have a feminist story that’s escapist and fun. The art shows a range of body types and skin tones, representing a range of women in every panel. They have different skills (as their Lumberjane badges prove) and personalities, and can be just as awkward or hyper or shy as real teens. There’s also a subtle romance between two of the girls, developed mostly through shy looks and sweet moments where they hold hands.
Lumberjanes focuses so much on all five girls that it leads to the only drawback of the book. The art is crowded with so many characters in almost every panel. Throw in the weird fantasy element of strange creatures and pitched battles, and it’s visually overwhelming. There’s so much going on that I don’t get to know each of these girls as well as I’d like. There are only a few layers to each character so far, and it’s hard to differentiate them.
Lumberjanes Volume 1 is a great start to a new series. Its minor faults may right themselves over time. I know I’ll be reading.
Enjoy it yourself or give a copy to a young girl in your life.
Read for the 2015 Eisner challenge
2015 Eisner Nominee: Best New Series; Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)