Welcome to Lumberjanes, a Camp for Hardcore Lady Types where the motto is “Friendship to the MAX!” The story centers on a group of five girls in the same cabin, who are wandering around the woods in the middle of the night. They’re searching for something and are about to give up and go back to their cabin when a pack of three-eyed foxes attack. The girls put up a good fight and fend off the foxes, but when the foxes tuck tail and leave, they shine a mysterious message into the sky with their third eye—Beware the kitten holy. Baffled and shaken up from the battle, the girls head back to their cabin.
They sneak in, thinking it’s all clear, only to be discovered by their cabin counselor! Enraged, the counselor marches them straight to the camp director. The girls are worried that they’ll get in trouble—with the camp and their parents—but as they tell the director their story, things become even more mysterious…
The most enjoyable part of Lumberjanes is truly the characters. The cabin of five girls are all different—different shapes and sizes, different skin tones, different personalities—but they’re still good friends. There’s the spastic Ripley; preppy and eager April; stealthy and mysterious Jo; nervous-about-getting-in-trouble Molly; and sarcastic Mal. Every character is unique and interesting, and I can’t wait to read more about them in the next issues.
The art style has clean lines, and every panel tells a lot about either a character or the setting. The dialog is sharp and snappy, which carries the pace of the plot throughout. Lumberjanes has delightful phrases such as, “Oh my Bessie Coleman!” that really creates a fun atmosphere for the comic.
Overall, the first issue of the new Lumberjanes series was spunky, funny, and altogether enjoyable. I highly recommend checking it out.