Comic book reviews for Lumberjanes: Makin’ the Ghost of It #1, Lumberjanes #27, and Lumberjanes #28 by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Ayme Sotuyo, Jen Wang, Christine Norrie, Kelly Thompson, and Savanna Ganucheau
Average rating: 4/5 stars
Lumberjanes: Makin’ the Ghost of It #1
Makin’ the Ghost of It by Jen Wang
Art: Christine Norrie
I really appreciated how Norrie’s art styles changed as this book changed from daytime to nighttime. Her over-exaggerated of their eyes and making sure they had bed hair and sleeping clothing worked really well to play on the haunted factor. I also appreciated how Jen’s possessed form was kept hidden until they caught her.
It was cute that the ghost was the greatest threat to their snack supplies. Snacks are so important. The whole flower putting people under a spell/toxication worked well for both the Lumberjanes universe and also to keep the scary down and the all-ages fun up.
It was nice to see that Mal’s scared of more than just water. But also how she can conquer her fears.
Equally, it was nice to see Jen mess up. She knows better than to touch and inhale plans she doesn’t know what they’re about. But then the story ends with forage fest, which is hilarious.
Sphinxes, and Riddles, and Wishes, Oh My! by Kelly Thompson
Art: Savanna Ganucheau
This is a cute story about Ripley and Jen having an adventure of their own. It was fun to hear it directly from Ripley’s voice. No doubt, we know Ripley well enough at this point that it was she who wandered away from Jen.
It’s great how Ripley comes right out to the Sphinx and says she already had godlike powers so she doesn’t want them. Moral problem solved. I do love the superhero made of kittens with wings, glitter, and a dinosaur head, who rides a unicorn.
With hidden glitter wings!
Lumberjanes #27 by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh
Art: Ayme Sotuyo
Roc’s just gotta save her grandma. I do love the twist that the Grand Lodge knows all about magic. Of course, they do. And Rosie’s retelling of the entire situation was brilliant. Learning about assumptions is such an important part of growing up and better comprehending reality. Of course, the Lumberjanes learn this lesson with magic.
I love them to continuing to use the cats’ magical powers. And the Grand Lodge ladies saying everything now makes so much more sense. That said, the story did feel weaker than past storylines.
Sotuyo’s art still isn’t my favorite. It’s really the eye thing. Which I realize is a style and a stylistic choice. It’s just my preference.
The issue felt a little weaker storywise. For how much Roc centers in this story, we don’t know a lot about her yet.
Lumberjanes #28 by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh
Art: Ayme Sotuyo
Yay Barney is a Lumberjane. If anything, this book gets five stars for being so friendly and open and inclusive.
Oh, Roc, I like how she was pissed at the Lumberjanes for getting rid of Diane. Even though she readily admits that Diane was the worst. And, of course, guess who’s back? I’m curious to see what they’ll do with her. Especially if she’s been punished or depowered in some way.
The Grand Lodge was just grand. I hope these ladies do stick around. Rosie really doesn’t look their age at all. Though I suppose that living in a time traveling forest may have some advantages. But I’d assumed the Grand Lodge was the same generation of Lumberjane as Bear Woman. I’m possibly over-thinking this book.
Of course, Marigold ultimately saves the day. Along with the Lumberjanes problem solving skills and the other magical kittens.
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