Comic book reviews for Lumberjanes #19, Lumberjanes #20, and Lumberjanes #21 by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Carolyn Nowak, and Carey Pietsch
Average rating: 4.3/5 stars
Lumberjanes #19 by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh
Art: Carolyn Nowak
Oh, April, she definitely gets hyper-focused on things, selfish, and forgets about any other responsibilities she may have, including to her friends. More glitter for Ripley’s dress!
I love how there are mermaid books which fall across the typical type of serial books for children. Of course, there’s a mystery series. And the naming convention is perfect.
April’s ridiculous suite made by Jo was perfect. It fit how wacky this book is and how they kind of just invent things out of the blue. For funs. Also for meeting mermaids. I did appreciate how it looked like April was going to get her oxygen cut off a zillion times, but that never happened.
Of course, April plays the wrong tape — at full volume. One that brings those sea serpents we saw in other issues. It looks like something the Lumberjanes now must solve.
I love both the nods to April having read about Riot Grrrl and to Jen becoming more like Rosie.
Lumberjanes #20 by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh
Art: Carolyn Nowak
April doesn’t quite save the day. Instead, all the Lumberjanes work together to save the day. Even if April did come up with the plan, and we see her doing a lot of the actual work.
Like how Harlow and Taylor overcame their differences and reunited both their friendship and a new version of the band. Not to mention Carter got the boot. I did like the subtle calling out of the problematic word ‘womyn’; in particular, the womyn-born womyn movement which is transphobic. Both this and the reveal of Jo as transgendered (and her talk with Barney) helps ease any ideology about who should be included as a Lumberjane. Answer: anyone!
The music calming everyone was pretty rad. It was clever to have the mermaids in barrels to keep them partially in water. Because we have saved things via science before, the continual calling out of the mysterious electricity underwater was pretty hilarious. I like this idea of having supernatural things and then having stuff that should conform the laws of physics.
Ripley’s glitter dress and dancing with Bubbles remains the best. Loved April commenting that she broke speeding glittering records and will be covered in glitter for the remainder of the summer. I hope Nowak keeps that gag in for future issues. “Where’s April?” “Oh, just follow the trail of glitter.” “Got something in your eye, April?” “Just more glitter.”
Lumberjanes #21 by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh
Art: Carey Pietsch
Finally, someone has the right reaction when learning about selkies and their powers. Yes, Ripley, you should freak out that they take off their skins in order to turn from human to seal.
Love that they go after the Bear Woman in order to get more information about the forest and about the magical land that the camp is on. Kind of like how the Bear Woman gets all defensive and thinks they are messing with her.
Of course, Seafarin’ Karen is a werewolf. I love how justified they are all when she turns out to be a magical creature. Though I’m interested to see just how Karen got into sailing. Seems like the opposite of what a werewolf might want to do.
Love that the more this comic goes on, the more Bubbles becomes like a dog. And how they put a lampshade on that here.
Feels like we’re getting back in full stride.
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