Comic book reviews for Lumberjanes #4, Lumberjanes #5, and Lumberjanes #6 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen
Average rating: 5/5 stars
Lumberjanes #4 by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Art: Brooke Allen
I don’t know what was more hilarious in this book: the yetis or the camp for boys. Oh, Lumberjanes, you remain one of the best books on my pull list.
I love how purposeful Stevenson and Ellis make the gender interest switch with the Scouting Lads by having the boys providing cookies and ointments for the Lumberjanes’ poison ivy problems. Of course, Jen automatically loves them. They are much tidier than the girls.
The hypermasculine Camp Director works well to contrast them and also provide more of a mystery. I bet those foxes in the first issue were the Scouting Lads.
Ripley continues to be a great comedic foil as she takes all the cookies and gives part of them to the yetis so they can get to the lighthouse. That bow and arrow they found was very Hunger Games.
April and Barney’s flirtations were cute. Obviously, she’ll be working hard to save him from being a werewolf. I enjoyed the character development of Jen and how even she realizes she needed to see the supernatural in order to believe it.
Lumberjanes #5 by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Art: Brooke Allen
Poor Jo is having nightmares about all the Lumberjanes turning into werewolves. Though April’s right, dreams about chimps are even more scary.
Love Jen freaking out when Rosie runs off to take care of camp business and leaves her in charge. Of course, she assumes that if she makes them all do something boring and ordinary, like making friendship bracelets, that no trouble will come.
Then dinosaurs attack! (Attention, Stephen Moffat, this is how you put dinosaurs into an already action-packed story without it flopping.) I loved the various ways that the girls took down the dinosaurs. It really showed off their different characters. Jen going all momma bear was great too.
Jen exclaiming “Holy bell hooks!” as the dinosaurs come charging may be my favorite line in all of comic books. Period. Maybe all books I’ve ever read in my life.
Of course, Ripley gets really excited about the dinosaurs, protects Jen, and figures out how to ride one. Best.
Bubbles! I love that Molly’s raccoon skin cap turns out to be a real live raccoon, Bubbles. And that she thought everyone knew about it. Makes complete sense now why she ran to save her cap when they were in the cave.
Can’t wait to learn more about the bear lady and about Rosie. Clearly, there’s something special about Jo, but it’s probably not what the bear lady thinks.
Lumberjanes #6 by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Art: Brooke Allen
Today’s game: tag. Some serious tag. I always hated physical activities like tag because I’m very competitive, but I’m not very athletic. I’m no Ripley running and jumping over things. Glad to see the Lumberjanes taking life too seriously.
So Diane is clearly the mythical one (Artemis). But why’s she in the forest? And how does she not know about the yeti? And just who is Jo?
I loved the moment with Rosie and Jen on the porch, watching the girls play tag. I love how Rosie explained how they need someone like Jen. How they can punch, kick, and fight, but Jen’s practicality will be what brings them all together correctly. And I adored how at the end of the issue, Jen confirms that they’ll letting her in on all their secrets, once and for all.
Shout “Holy bell hooks!” and buy Lumberjanes Vol. 1.