blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Lumberjanes 1 (April 2014)

Lumberjanes #1I wish Lumberjanes was better. The first issue definitely shows promise, but it’s missing something. Unfortunately, what it’s missing seems to be a connection between the writing and the art.

Brooke Allen’s art is hyperactive and intense. The comic takes place at a girls camp where one cabin of girls is obviously going to get into trouble. Only they’re apparently getting into trouble with mystical creatures and their cabin leader isn’t in on it but the camp director knows about the creatures. Allen has a great time with all of it.

But writers Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis are writing too slow for the art. They don’t maintain an adequate level of humor and they let their characters disappear without exuding enough personality. Allen can make up for some of it on the art, but not if she doesn’t have the material in the script.

I’m still hopeful, but guardedly.



Writers, Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis; artist, Brooke Allen; colorist, Maarta Laiho; letterer, Aubrey Aiese; editor, Dafna Pleban; publisher, BOOM! Box.

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