Review: Lumberjanes #16 (with Preview)

Lumberjanes won two Eisner awards at San Diego Comic-Con, which means that its way past time for us to do a proper review of an issue. This series has gotten a lot of positive word of mouth, but is more directed to teenage girls, so I might not be the target audience for it. However, I do appreciate good comics, so if it’s as good as people say, my age and gender shouldn’t matter.

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Imprint: BOOM! Box

Writers: Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters
Artist: Brooke Allen
Colors: Maarta Laiho
Variant Cover: Kat Philbin

Which side does Jen choose, Abigail or Rosie?! While Abigail tries to lure a monster out so she can kill it (which is all kinds of crazy), Jen goes to the bearwoman for help.

Like I said before, if a comic is good, then the age or gender of the reader shouldn’t matter. The good news for this series, is that for this issue, it doesn’t matter one bit. I’m also dropped right in the middle of a story and don’t feel lost one bit. The story contains some of the most fantastical elements I’ve seen in a comic since Bone, and every bit of them is perfectly believable, right up until the end, which leaves me genuinely concerned for the characters, which I can hear my wife shouting at to run away.

The art is good and consistent and the unsung hero in this equation is Maarta Laiho, whose colors capture the feel of a flashback better than almost all independent comics I’ve read lately. The best part of Brooke Allen’s style is that every character, even a troop of at least twenty girls has each one looking completely unique. That’s extremely hard to do, and its really where this series excels in making each character a separate and whole person, both in how they’re written and how they’re drawn.

It’s darn good comics, and you owe it to yourself to at least give it a try.


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