Lumberjanes #29 – Review

I’ve had this weird relationship with Lumberjanes. I recognize the importance of this series, especially to girls and young women. Unfortunately, I’ve had trouble getting into it, even starting at the very beginning. I’ve mentioned in the past that I feel like it’s because I am not the target audience. However, Lumberjanes #29 promises a new story arc, which are usually good jumping on points.

Lumberjanes_029_A_MainLUMBERJANES #29

Writers: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: Carey Pietsch
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kat Leyh
Incentive Cover: Rachael Smith
Price: $3.99
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
In Stores: August 17, 2016

Synopsis: Diane is back at camp and the Roanokes…don’t really know how to feel about that, especially when they discover some campers have been turned to stone!

Review:

I was able to get into this story, which is a credit to a series with over 500 pages of history. The characters are discernible enough to stand apart almost from the beginning. Normally, for reviews, I separate the writing from the art, but Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh mesh so well together, it’s hard to talk about them individually. The artwork conveys so much of the story, the script can convey more information to set the tone. However, the script does not get so wordy that it gets in the way of a good, dramatic action scene when it pops up.

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Strictly speaking about the art, the environment feels real and the cabins seem like unique locations in the camp. This is something that a lesser artist could not get across. Kat Leyh’s style may look cartoonish, but it has a complexity that I can really appreciate.

The one scene in this book is a conversation between Mal and Ripley while they’re getting their hair done, albeit reluctantly given the circumstances. It’s very well-written and feels so genuine, that I immediately became invested in these two characters.

I still don’t feel like the comic is written for me at all, but I do not feel like I’m excluded from enjoying it. I think this is a very good comic and based on this issue alone, I want to give the series another try from the beginning.