Lumberjanes: To the Max Edition, Vol. 1

By Noelle Stevenson

Rating: 4 stars

The Lumberjanes camp is a girls’ scouting-type camp (officially Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqual Thistle Crumpet’s Camp For Hardcore Lady Types) and this adorable story follows the occupants of Roanoke cabin and the decidedly supernatural goings-on that happen around them. I loved the characters here: the gang themselves are fantastic, each with their own very distinct personality as well as the cabin scout-leader, Jen and the enigmatic but awesome camp director, Rosie.

The art style of the comic is quite cartoony but it suits it down to the ground. It’s also clear, distinctive and very readable. The comic has very strong themes of friendship and loyalty, the camp’s motto, after all, is “Friendship to the max”, and it’s something that the girls take very seriously. Right from the start, it’s clear they’re already close friends (or closer, in the case of Mal and Molly) and this bond develops over the course of the book, as their lives, their relationships and their friendship are tested again and again.

Obviously, given the title, the protagonists and most of the characters in the book are female and it’s wonderful to see such good characters and such good role models. I can’t wait until my niece (and my nephew, come to that) is older so that I can introduce her to this.

Finally, a word on the book itself: this beautiful hardcover edition collects the whole of the original eight-issue mini-series and is a lovely thing in its own right to hold, with glossy paper and vibrant colours. Since the series has gone monthly, they are collected in paperbacks and also more of these “to the max” editions, which are similar to “deluxe” editions of series such as Saga or Rat Queens.

(4.5 stars)

Book details

ISBN: 9781608868094
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Year of publication: 2014

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