Lumberjanes #54

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

Lumberjanes this week gives us more ancient Greek myths/backstory for Diane, the mythical sister of Apollo. Watters and Leyh write a new Greek myth in which the new and unexpected villain of the story is introduced. This villain has kidnapped Ripley for her supernatural powers, which really are purely kitten based.

What Lumberjanes manages to succeed in with this issue is tell a Greek myth like a campfire story. It draws you in, and put you on the edge of your seat, and has some unexpected twists and turns. And of course it’s easy to draw these parallels when Lumberjanes already invokes all the feelings of a summer camp.

In this issue there is finally some acknowledgement that some things should be left to the camp leaders. We realise Rosie must have an impressive rolodex and the grown up way of Getting Things Done is definitely to make some furious phone calls. But in this instance Jen acknowledges that the camp’s staff don’t always get the right results fast enough. Jen knows that the Roanoke cabin group have gathered sufficient experience and skills during their stay at the Lumberjanes camp that they are probably the most qualified people present to get the problems solved.

The art by Dozerdraws does such a good job at portraying the fun side of Lumberjanes as well as some menacing faces and dramatic scenes, and brilliant character design. The depiction of Hermes in this issue particularly struck a chord with me.

Issues like this one are the reason I really love Lumberjanes. It has adventure, the importance of friendship, acknowledgement that young people are more capable than grownups give them credit for, and most importantly; supernatural kittens.

9/10

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