OK, so we are three issues into Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen (with Shannen Watters listed as an additional creator), and I can safely say for the record that this comic is terrific fun.
Lumberjanes tells the tale of 5 teenage girls at a summer camp—Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, to be exact, which let me tell you I would have signed up for in a heartbeat as a child. (Still would, actually.) This camp is anything but an ordinary Girl Scout summer camp. For one thing, it’s run by a second-generation Rosie the Riveter; for another, all of the local animals seem to have three eyes. The girls themselves are a motley crew of quirky individuals, each a strong and distinct character, and they all feel like old friends right away. As the story unfolds, they tromp good-naturedly through one surreal adventure after another, from facing hungry three-eyed foxes in a dark forest to braving sea monster-infested whitewater rapids to solving a life-or-death puzzle by using the Fibonacci sequence.
I think what I like best about Lumberjanes is how successfully the creators weave many story aspects together: the importance of friendship and camaraderie; Indiana Jones-type adventures (complete with hat-rescuing sequence); a mysterious secret surrounding the camp; smart, wise-cracking heroines; and an upbeat attitude that never becomes annoying.
Part of this impeccable storytelling is Brooke Allen’s art, which meshes perfectly with the attitude of the story. Not only does Allen have a cute, fun style, she has the ability to give us an action-heavy adventure sequence and a delicate maybe-love subplot in the same few pages. It’s the kind of art that has magic in it, the perfect spark to give life to this particular story.
Overall I love these characters and this crazy world they’re adventuring in, and I look forward to a new tale each month. (This month’s issue comes out this week! Yay!)
Have you read Lumberjanes? Do you have any recommendations for a similar comic? This is the kind of fun series that we need more of and, frankly, that we’re not getting much of from Marvel and DC, so I’m always looking for more!
BONUS CAT PHOTO
As I was wrapping up this post, Watson the Tailless Wonder stopped by to show that he appreciates Lumberjanes as well.