My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: April 7, 2015, October 13, 2015 and April 5, 2016
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Point of View: N/A
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, LGBTQA+
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.
I’m latina, and as such there’s certain thing that I’ve never done. Like being in the girl scout, or have a sleepover because why would you go to someone’s house when you have your own bed (you understand this line if you’re hispanic,) or say…go camping. Much less a summer camp with actual cabins and adventures and scary stories around a fire.
Lumberjanes gave me that escape and I completely loved it. I wish that I had known about this comic as a kid, because this are exactly the type of comics that would have me absorbed for hours at end. Which is exactly what happened last night. With the crispy smell of books, I delved into adventures, and the power of friendship.
The beginning of Volume 1 seem abrupt, like I was missing a piece of the puzzle. And I think that’s one of my issues thus far, I’ve read up to Vol, 3 of the reprints of the series and hopefully as the comics go on we find out a little more background of each character. Vol. 3 show me a glimpse of that so I’m sure we’ll get to know more about them. Another issue is that they’re too short, I wish that the last few pages that are used for art work would either be taken out or expanded, because the stories could span out more and not have that abrupt ending they seem to have right now.
Despite that, I think this novels are an entertaining quick read filled with out of this world adventures, friendships and mysteries. There’s something that I love in each of the characters: April and Jo’s friendship, Molly and Mal’s friendship…and promising romance, Ripley and her love and heart eyes for all things animals even in the worst of situations, Jen and her love and protection for the girls. And above all other I absolutely think that what drives these comics in the love and friendship they have for each other.
Also, I love the supernatural aspect to this comics because as someone who each halloween and basically every single day of the year was wishing for something supernatural to happen to her, well that girl appreciates comics like this. It’s about escaping reality and jumping on adventures that wouldn’t ever happen in the real world, and packed with a group of girls who never back down and each bring a different element to the story well you better believe I will support the hell out this comic. In fact, my little sister is reading them and I think this is the type of books/comics to be feeding the younger generation. Not only is she learning that friendship with girls is not something to be ashamed of (“I’m friends with boys because girls are full of drama” is so toxic, btw), but that being brave has different meanings. That each person knows something and working together brings each individual ‘smart’ to make something amazing. And we also have two girls who like each other and are exploring that.
There’s also insecurities along the way and I screamed, “yes!” Because I want doubt, seeing as their just teens who were thrust in the middle of this crazy mystery vortex. And all of that is balanced with normal, every day camp activities.
What I’m saying is you’ll definitely see my collection of Lumberjanes expand, because this are the type of novels that we need and should celebrate.
So good read them! Seriously I read this in less than two hours…okay maybe one….(they’re addicting, don’t judge me!)