Lumberjanes #1: Friendship to the Max!

Lumberjanes cover
Image by Boom! Studios

Lumberjanes is the new all-ages comic from Boom! Studios, and given that it’s girl/women/Hardcore Lady Types centric, it makes for a spectacular good time for everyone from kids to adults.

Created for Boom! Box by Grace Ellis and Boom! Senior Editor Shannon Watters, the series is written by Noelle Stevenson and Ellis, and illustrated by Brooke Allen, with fabulous exclusive covers available at various comic cons. Boom! bills it as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls,” and you don’t have to tell me twice, that combination sounds amazing. I’ve already seen a ton of cosplay online, pretty good for a book that’s just been released!

The comic centers around five scout pals, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley. If you can’t see yourself in one of the characters, there’s a good chance you’ll see yourself in all of them. The girls are at a summer camp like no other, with freaky crazed creatures and, of course, kittens.

Lumberjanes is more than just entertaining adventures and fighting mysterious creatures. Those two things together are already satisfying, but there’s a great underlying story of friendship, or “Friendship to the Max!” as they say in the book. That friendship is going to get them through all the weirdness that is sure to come their way in future issues.

Name dropping great female historical and pop culture role models like Bessie Coleman and Joan Jett should tell you this comic is all about female empowerment mixed in with a whole lot of fun. I can’t wait to see what other adventures and terrors the girls come across in the future. For now let’s all commit the Lumberjanes pledge to memory, and go find some plaid shirts.