By Julz Hendricks
Friendship, courage and mystery: It's all in a days work for the Lumberjanes. The story picks up with the girls: April, Mal, Ripley, Molly and Jo, going on a canoe ride with their Bunk leader, Jen. Ripley has some serious concerns about the danger they could potentially encounter, and the easy smooth route they are supposed to be on is actually a raging rapid. Hilarity ensues, and no adventure would be complete without being delivered unwillingly to a river monster. All is well though, and the last page gives us a teaser of what is to come in the next issue.
Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis do a fantastic job at keeping it lighthearted, as well as imaginative. They amuse me with the witty banter and puns (at one point this issue, April, wins the "Pungeon Master Award") and even though we have only known the Janes for a few issues, the character development is spot on. There is still a lot of mystery in each issue, and I can appreciate that I don't really know where the story is headed.
The art is a treat, and Brooke Allens' panels are definitely pleasing to the eye. The lines have the feel of simplicity without the loss of any detail. There is a beautiful page where the girls are sliding down into a cave from the world above. I am also super happy with the bright, bold, fun colors that Maarta Laiho uses. I can imagine that kids wouldn't hesitate to ask for it, as it sits on the shelf at a comic store like a bright gleaming gem.
There are only 8 issues in this delightful series, so jump on board this epic scale adventure from Boom! Studios!
Julz Hendricks is a co-host of podcasts Panel 2 Panel, as well as the all female podcast Chickcast. She is a huge advocate of kids' comics but reads a lot of different titles. You can find her on Twitter as @JulzHendricks.