Written by: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Illustrated by: Dozerdraws
Colors by: Maarta Laiho
Letters by: Aubrey Aiese
Ah kittens and teenagers, two of the most hyperactive and impossible to herd things in the world. Poor Jen is once again tasked with trying to keep all the Lumberjanes of Roanoke cabin safe. But once again they refuse to listen to her sensible ideas and insist on running towards danger. Even if it is for the noble reason that they need to rescue their friend Ripley and/or the magical kittens which Ripley willed into being.
In this story arc in which greek-myth-come-to-life Tromatikós has hunted Ripley down for her mystical energy, there are two running themes: the official route to dealing with problems isn’t always the best, and it is impossible for Ripley to focus on anything for more than a minute. These two things mean that the Lumberjanes are stuck having to rescue Ripley from the danger she repeatedly finds herself in.
What we learn from Ripley is that if you don’t pay attention to the menacing monologues by the baddies, you really strip them from their power to be menacing and scary. It’s perhaps a useful lesson we could apply to other parts of our lives.
With issue 56 this arc of Lumberjanes comes to a close. I don’t think it counts as a spoiler to say that there is once again a happy ending to this adventure. If you are looking for any holiday gifts for any young people between the ages of 9-13 in your life, I always recommend Lumberjanes. It’s a story for all ages and genders and is full of wholesome lessons, funny writing, and excellent art. Plus there are a bunch of collected editions with additional games and activities. However, I’m asking Santa for a giant kitten, because they look like the perfect companion to a post-adventure nap!
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