Saturday Issue Review: Lumberjanes Vol.1 – Beware the Kitten Holy

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The Saturday Issue focuses on the more visual books read here at In Libris Veritas; ranging from graphic novels to manga to game companion guides.

lumberjanesv1Source: Library
Publisher: Boom!
Series: Lumberjanes #1-4
Edition:
 Paperback, 128 Pages
Genre:
 Fantasy Graphic Novel
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Rating: 3.5/5

FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

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.

Lumberjanes is a series that has risen in popularity since it first hit shelves, but I’ve been really hesitant about it for several reasons. One, I have a bad time with popular comics like Saga and Two…the art. I’m a bit of snob when it comes to art-style…if I don’t like it my brain shuts off while reading it and I have to put in double the effort to stay focused. However I did end up enjoying this, but I do see some kinks in it that I’d like to see worked out for future issues.

Lumberjanes focuses on House Roanoke’s group of girls within the Camp, and their growing friendships as well as their really weird encounters in the woods surrounding their summer retreat. It’s a fast paced story with a lot of little bizarre happening, and each girl is really different from each other and shines in their own way. I think the adventure felt a little bit like Gravity Falls, and at times like Gravity Falls if it had been told purely from a sugar crazed Mabel’s point of view. It is only four issues so the pace does feel kind of break neck at times and while I really loved where this was going, I do feel that it sacrificed some of the time it could have used to let us get to know these characters and used it for ultimate weirdness.

That being said it was quite a fun read and I really enjoyed Ripley the most. There were so many moments where I laughed out loud and after a certain point had to promise to let my boyfriend read it because I’m the most stoic reader on the planet. I look forward to seeing where this series is going to go and I really hope it slows down a little to let me really get to know each of the characters more.

3.5 stars

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