Written by Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters
Illustrated by Carolyn Nowak
Colors by Maarta Laiho
Letters by Aubrey Aiese
Published by BOOM! Box
Release Date: 01/21/2015
“Vegan weenies available upon request”
One of the smartest decisions that BOOM! Studios made last year was making Lumberjanes an ongoing series. This remarkable saga about friendship and adventure was one of the best reviewed comics of 2014, and this week it returns with its tenth issue.
Our girls of summer find themselves with a “free day” at the camp for hardcore lady types; that is a day with no mandatory duties and an opportunity to participate in what they choose. While April, Ripley, and Jo ponder over how many boring badges they might be able to earn, Mal and Molly’s date finds them picnicking at a breathtaking and secluded spot and discussing the impending reality of having to go back home. During this intimate conversation between two friends, the Bear Woman makes an appearance and the two decide to trail her, and they soon find themselves partaking in yet another adventure that we’ve all come to expect and enjoy with this series.
Stevenson and Watters have not lost a beat as they continue to bring us one of the best written graphic novels out right now. Lumberjanes is a compelling adventure that is funny, honest, and unafraid. The writers understand how to have fun while at the same time explore that special dynamic between girlfriends, and oh what an incredible dynamic it is that our campers have developed. These characters bring voices to an all-ages comic that is rare, and that is in large part because of Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters.
Filling in for Brooke Allen (for the next few issues) is Carolyn Nowak, and it seems as if they have found the perfect replacement (albeit temporary). Nowak, whose only work before this that I am aware of includes the web comics Lazy, Rungs, and To Be Seen, earns her the “If you’ve got it, draw it” badge with amazing illustrations, and along with Laiho’s colors, the art does not lose any of its luster.
As mentioned before, this comic could do no wrong last year. Lumberjanes was widely recognized as one of the best comics of 2014, and just recently received a nomination for outstanding comic book by the GLAAD Media Awards. If the creative team continues to push this series to the max, 2015 will likely be another glorious year for this rare gem of a series.
REVIEW: LUMBERJANES #10
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)