Lumberjanes #53 – Review

Written by: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Illustrated by: Dozerdraws
Colors by: Maarta Laiho
Letters by: Aubrey Aiese

After the last Lumberjanes storyline, which kept the girls indoors whilst it rained, it is a real relief to see the skies have cleared and outdoor adventures are to be had again! In the first of a new arc, Ripley’s messy bunk brings up some treasure in the form of a real treasure map! Nothing screams Lumberjanes adventure to me more than a treasure map.

I have to admit that the Lumberjanes camp feels like it might continue for many years rather than just a single summer, given all the supernatural (and not so supernatural) adventures the Roanoke cabin manages to get embroiled in. Each of the characters in Lumberjanes has after 53 issues really carved out their niche of interests, fears and motivations, which is nicely framed by the different definitions of ‘treasure’ each of the Roanokes imagines.

Lumberjanes is very firmly a child-friendly, all-ages comic. And I really enjoy my chance to visit a girls outdoor summer camp every month, but some issues definitely veer more to ‘for children’ rather than ‘all-ages’. Some of the issues delve a bit deeper into themes of identity and negotiating relationships with people different to you, which does a lot of the work to bring Lumberjanes to another level to other comics aimed at young people. This issue does not delve so deep. As it is the first of a new arc, it is not unforgivable that the narrative covers mostly familiar territory, but after the previous arc I’m just really hoping for something a little bit more meaty.

Having said that, it is still a very fun read. And as always the artwork supports the narrative in every way. I love the bold colours and the simple lines that make up very expressive characters. I think I just felt a little bit like April when the treasure was found, and am just impatient for the real adventure to begin!


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