Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy (Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters, authors; Brooke A. Allen, illustrator)

Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy
(The Lumberjanes series, 1 - 4)
Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters, authors; illustrated by Brooke A. Allen
Fiction, YA Comics/Fantasy
**** (Good)

DESCRIPTION: At Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types, girls spend their summers canoeing, hiking, learning about nature, making friends, and earning Lumberjanes merit badges... or, at least, that's what most girls do. April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley keep driving their cabin counselor Jen nuts breaking camp rules - but it's not really their fault. Something weird's going on in and around camp - strange old bear-women and three-eyed foxes and more - plus a peculiar warning about a "Kitten Holy" they can't make heads nor tails of. Like it or not, they're up to their eyeballs in the strangest summer of their lives! At least they'll get some kick-ass merit badges at the end - if they make it that long...
This volume includes the first four issues of the Lumberjanes comic books.

REVIEW: This girl-power fantasy adventure comic doesn't loaf around, hurling the reader straight into the action and introducing both characters and concepts on the fly. It's a weird, wacky tale with some hilarious lines, not so subtly poking popular story tropes (and outfits like Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts), though the characters are sometimes a jumble and some haven't developed much depth yet. Still, it's quite fun and reads quickly, and it got some laughs out of me. I expect I'll be exploring more of this title in the future.

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