Lumberjanes #1

Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis; Illustrated by Brooke Allen
Comic Books
February 2014
Comic Book
BOOM! Studios

Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!

It wasn’t too long ago that I accidentally discovered the webcomic, NIMONA.  I don’t recall how I found out about it.  No doubt someone mentioned it on twitter and I followed a link and very quickly found myself reading through the archive.  Imaginative and fun, Noelle Stevenson’s comic made an impression very quickly.  Not too long after I found out she was co-writing a new comic called LUMBERJANES, to be published by a new BOOM! Studios imprint, BOOM! Box (BOOM! also publishes the Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors comics through it’s KA-BOOM imprint, in case you were curious).  It sounded like a great combination, so I had my local comic shop put it on order for me, and then the waiting began.

Well, the wait was worth it.

If I had to sum up LUMBERJANES in just a sentence?  “It’s like an all-ages RAT QUEENS”… and if you know how much I love RAT QUEENS it’s a hell of a comparison.    The obvious comparison is it’s a group of women (or girls in this case) who go out and fight and raise hell and have a good time.  Unlike the Rat Queens, the Lumberjanes probably won’t be eating drugs and candy for breakfast (well, not the drugs) or having bloody battles, but both books share a sense of comaradarie between the characters and a definite sense of fun.

So who are the Lumberjanes?

Well, there’s five of them:  Mal, Molly, April, Ripley, and Jo.  They all attend Miss Qiunzella Thiswin Penniquiqul Thistlecrumpet’s Camp for Girls… er… “Hardcore Lady Types”.  The camp motto:  “Friendship to the max”.  Suffice to say, this isn’t your typical camp, although the Lumberjane’s cabin leader Jen wishes it was.

The first issue of Lumberjanes does a great job of setting up the world the characters inhabit (supernatural stuff happens and the characters aren’t particularly surprised by it), though the characters themselves obviously need more time to be fleshed out.   I expect this to happen over the course of the series.

The story by Stevenson and Ellis is fast and light and fun.  The art by Brooke Allen is equally fun.  Allen does a great job of making the characters very animated on the page.   should appeal to anyone who likes action and humor.  Fans of Adventure Time will probably dig it a lot.

While it’s still early (with only one issue currently available), I have to say I have high expectations for LUMBERJANES.  Based on the first issue, and based on my enjoyment of Stevenson’s NIMONA, I’m willing to go out on a limb and predict LUMBERJANES will be on my Top Comics of 2014 list when the end of the year rolls around.

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