Book Review: Lumberjanes, Vol 7: A Bird’s Eye View by Shannon Watters and Lumberjanes, Vol 8: Stone Cold by Shannon Watters

Book: Lumberjanes, Vol 7: A Bird’s Eye View by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Noelle Stevenson (Creator), Grace Ellis (Creator), Carey Pietsch (Illustrator), Ayme Sotuyo (Illustrations), Maarta Laiho (Colorist), Brooke Allen (Creator)

Where I Got It: I borrowed the paperback from the library

Series: Lumberjanes Collected Edition #7

Genre: YA Graphic Novel

All Lumberjanes are on deck when the High Council comes to camp for inspection!

The High Council is coming to camp and counselor Jen is determined to make everything perfect, even though a storm is brewing and kittens from the boys’ camp are manifesting magical powers. It’s every Lumberjane on deck as the girls do their best to prep the grounds for inspection . . . but there are some storms no one can prepare for.

This New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award-winning series is a story of friendship, hardcore lady-types, and kicking a lot of butt. Don’t miss out on the continued adventures of the Lumberjanes written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes) with stories illustrated by Carey Pietsch (Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift) and newcomer Ayme Sotuyo.

Collects issues #25-28.

Volume 7 is cool because 1- crazy kittens and 2- a visit from the Lumberjanes Grand Lodge.  They’re pretty cool, and while we might not see them again, I hope we do.

I mean, these ladies are clearly friends, and have been for a long time.  I can totally see our campers becoming these ladies when they’re older.  I hope that’s their future, because they’re pretty cool, and they have this great friendship.  I love that they have to go rescue the grand lodge, and that Jen wants them to pretend like they’re actually good, and that nothing weird happens.  I feel like the Grand Lodge would totally be okay with the weird goings on.

Can I talk about the magic kittens?  Because THEY’RE KITTENS AND THEY’RE MAGIC!!!!  Sorry, magic kittens are pretty cool.  Especially magic kittens at camp.  They’re pretty cool, and I wouldn’t expect anything else.  I can’t wait to see what happens next, considering how this one ends.  I’m pretty sure that we’ll see that in the next volume, and I’m curious to see where it goes.  It was definitely unexpected, which I think describes Lumberjanes so well.  It’s a good and fun unexpected, though, which makes this series fun.

4 stars.  MAGIC KITTENS!!!  Clearly, I loved the magic kittens, but this has been a fun series to read so far.  I can’t believe I’m almost all caught up, because it means I have to wait for each one to come out.

Book: Lumberjanes, Vol 8: Stone Cold by Shannon Watters

Published February 2018 by BOOM!Box|112 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the paperback from the library

Series: Lumberjanes Collected Editions #8

Genre: YA Graphic Novel

Five best friends at summer camp take friendship to the max when they team up to defeat the strange forces lurking within the surrounding forest.

Excited to have Barney starting their first week at the camp, the Roanokes run over to the Zodiac cabin, only to find everyone turned to stone! Between strange shadows and Diane being back, it looks like April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are going to have their hands full trying to find a cure for their friends . . . as long as they don’t look the wrong thing in the eye first.

This New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award-winning series is a story of friendship, hardcore lady-types, and kicking a lot of butt. Don’t miss out on the continued adventures of the Lumberjanes written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes) with stories illustrated by Carey Pietsch (Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift).

Here’s the thing.  I’m all caught up on Lumberjanes, at least what’s been collected into the larger volumes.  But…as much as I’m enjoying Lumberjanes, and as much as I really like Lumberjanes, I’m starting to think that reading all of them so quickly, and so close together, worked against it a little bit.  It’s definitely gotten harder to review each volume, to the point where I’m not really sure what to say.

I did like seeing what was going on with Diane, and how the Roanoke cabin tried to get the Zodiac cabin back.  I love how they stuck together to help out a neighboring cabin, and how important this little camping community is to all of the girls.  I liked seeing them work together, and seeing how close all of the girls are has been one of my favorite things about the Lumberjanes.

One thing I do miss seeing is the description of the different badges before each chapter.  We saw it in some of the earlier volumes, where a different badge was featured, and it always seemed to relate to what was going on in that particular chapter.  Now that I think about, we didn’t see it in Volume 7 either.

I know Noelle Stevenson has only been listed as a creator on the last 2 or 3 volumes, and I’m wondering if maybe she was the main one behind it, and if she’s not as involved in the series now as she was before.  I liked it, and I’m a little sad to see it go, but I’m hoping it comes back.

I also liked all of the Greek mythology in this one, and I’m glad that we learn more about Diane and what was going on with her.  I hope she sticks around, because she’s pretty cool.  And I like how friendship is really important in this series.  I really feel like it doesn’t come up as strongly or frequently as it does in this series.

4 stars.  I really liked Volume 8, but I miss seeing all of the different badges the girls can earn while they’re at camp.

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Book Review: Lumberjanes, Vol 5: Band Together by Noelle Stevenson And Lumberjanes, Vol 6: Sink Or Swim by Shannon Watters

Book: Lumberjanes, Vol 5: Band Together by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak (Illustrator), Grace Ellis, Brooke A Allen (Illustrator)

Published December 2016 by BOOM!Box|112 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the paperback from the library

Series: Lumbejanes Collected Edition #5

Genre: YA Graphic Novel

What gives, two-legs?!

It’s a battle of the bands… with mermaids! April takes it upon herself to restore a friendship that has fallen apart, but will she be in over her head as her above water friendships take a hit? When friendships are challenged, can the Lumberjanes save the day? Don’t miss out on this exciting collection!

This New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award-winning series written by Noelle Stevenson (Nimona, Runaways), Shannon Watters, and Kat Leyh and illustrated by the tremendously talented Brooke Allen (Home for Mr. Easter) and Carolyn Nowak (Rungs).

I can’t believe I’ve read 5 volumes of the Lumberjanes already!  Volume 5 is my favorite one, I think.  For some reason, I really liked the mermaid battle of the bands, and while I liked seeing the start of camp, it felt out of place.  Like, why wait until volume 5 to show the arrival at camp?  That part, I didn’t particularly like, and it made the timeline a little off.

Still, it was nice to see how they became friends, and maybe we’ll see more of it in the future.  I like that friendship is important to the girls, and while I want to see more of how they became friends, I also am not sure about the flashbacks.  Maybe I’ll feel differently if they come up in the future.  I also think I tend to take their friendships as presented- they’ve always been friends, as far as I’m concerned, but I have mixed feelings about actually seeing it.  Maybe I just wasn’t ready or in the mood for it.  Or maybe it was just unexpected.

Basically, I liked it but it wasn’t something I loved.  It was nice, though.

And you can’t go wrong with mermaids.  I hope we see more of the lake and what’s living in it.  It can’t be just mermaids, and I hope we see more of whatever else is living in the lake.  Considering everything else that’s living near the camp, it wouldn’t be a surprise if there were other creatures in that lake.

4 stars.  I did like (but didn’t love) the flashback of seeing the girls meet each other.  I also loved the mermaid battle of the bands.  It was fun to read!

Book: Lumberjanes, Vol 6: Sink Or Swim by Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson (Creator), Kat Leyh, Grace Ellis (Creator), Carey Pietsch (Illustrations), Maarta Laiho (Colorist), Brooke A Allen (Creator)

Published April 2017 by BOOM!Box|112 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the paperback from the library

Series: Lumberjanes Collected Edition #6

Genre: YA Graphic Novel

Knot on your life!

All is fair in love and badges! Or so April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley thought until they met the mysterious counselor, Seafarin’ Karen. When the Lumberjanes decide it’s time to learn more about the theatrical yet intriguing counselor, things take a turn for the strange. Between a sudden storm hitting the camp, shapeshifters, and strange portals,
this is one badge that the Lumberjanes must go above and beyond for.

This New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award-winning series is written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh(Super Cakes) and illustrated by Carey Pietsch (Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift).

Collects issues 21-24.

I liked Seafarin’ Karen!  You can’t go wrong with portals and shapeshifters and mysterious counselors.  Seafarin’ Karen is cool, and while I have the feeling that she’s made her one and only appearance, I hope we see her again someday.

The pirate ship was cool, and pirates are pretty awesome.  I’m just waiting for ninjas to show up.  I’m curious to see what else we’ll see.  Anyway, I liked their adventures at sea.  It’s odd, though, because I don’t have much to say about this volume.  It’s fun, and there are a lot of wacky adventures, which is what I love about this series.  At this point, I just don’t have a lot to say about this one.  Maybe I’ll have more to say about the following books.

4 stars.  I really liked it and it’s fun.  Seafarin’ Kare and the selkies are pretty cool.

Book Review: Lumberjanes Vol 3: A Terrible Plan, and Lumberjanes Vol 4: Out Of Time by Noelle Stevenson

Book: Lumberjanes, Vol 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak (Illustrator), Maarta Laiho (Colorist), Aubrey Aiesa (Letterer), Brittney Williams (Illustrator), Aimee Fleck (Illustrator), Faith Erin Hicks (Author/Illustrator), Rebecca Tobin (Illustrator), Felicia Choo (Illustrator), T. Zysk (Illustrator)

Published April 2016 by BOOM!Box|112 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the hardcover from the library

Series: Lumberjanes Collected Editions #3

Genre: YA Graphic Novel

IF YOU GOT IT, HAUNT IT!

Trying to take advantage of the first quiet day at camp in a while, Mal and Molly’s date takes a bizarre turn with the appearance of the Bear Woman! Back at camp, Jo, April, and Ripley must stay on their toes as they try and earn every badge possible, which ends up being a lot harder than any of them ever planned.

This New York Times bestselling series continues with Lumberjanes #9, “If You Got It, Haunt It Badge;” #10, “Abscence Make the Heart Grow Fondant Badge;” #11, “Go Ball-istic Badge;” and #12, “Oldie but Goodie Badge.”

The more I read Lumberjanes, the more I like it!  Each girl has their own personality, and you can really see that in the ghost stories they choose to tell.  It wouldn’t be summer camp without ghost stories told around the camp fire!

You also see the girls go off in different directions for a “quiet” day at camp.  No day is quiet with these girls around, and two of our wayward campers have this epic adventure, while the rest of them try to earn badges- unsuccessfully, of course.  I almost forgot about the whole badge aspect of the Lumberjanes, and that they’re actually supposed to be earning badges.  You’d think their adventures would result in earning badges, and learning new skills but I guess it’s hard when the supernatural and weird takes over.

Still, I’d be both surprised and disappointed if they had a normal day at camp.  Even the typical day of activities becomes interesting and I like not knowing what’s going to happen, and what adventures are in store for our Lumberjanes.

We see more of the Bear Woman, and I have the feeling she’s not going anywhere.  I hope we see more of her, and get more of her story.  She seems pretty interesting.

I’m not really sure what else to say about the Lumberjanes.  I liked this one.

4 stars.  I really liked it, especially the ghost stories and how different they were.  I’ll definitely keep reading.

Book: Lumberjanes, Vol 4 by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis (Co-Creator), Maarta Laiho (Colorist), Aubrey Aiese (Letterer), Brooke A Allen (Illustrator)

Published July 2016 by BOOM!Box|112 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the paperback from the library

Series: Lumberjanes Collected Edition #4

Genre: YA Graphic Novel

The mystery of history!

Jen just wants a normal lesson with her cabin, teaching Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley the basic survival skills needed without any supernatural intervention. But when a blizzard hits camp, Jen finds herself separated from the girls and in more trouble than ever… until a mysterious taxidermist swoops in to save the day. Who is she and what is her relationship to Rosie? Join Jen as she finds a way back to her girls, and a way to save the day!

This New York Times Bestseller and Eisner Award-Nominated series is written by Noelle Stevenson (Nimona, ADVENTURE TIME™), and Lumberjanes co-creator Shannon Watters, and illustrated by Brooke Allen (A Home For Mr. Easter).  

The Lumberjanes continues with Volume 4, and it seems pretty standard that while I don’t love it, I still really like it.  It’s fun, of course, and like with every other volume I’ve read, there are some really fun adventures!

It seems like their camp has had quite the history, and I liked seeing one of the campers who’s living in the woods.  It makes me hope that we see more history of the camp, because I have the feeling the weirdness of the forest and the camp isn’t limited to this group of campers.

I really like Jen, and she just wants a normal day at camp, where she teaches the girls survival skills without something weird happening.

So something weird happens…what else but a blizzard is going to happen?  And of course, Jen gets separated from the campers, where she comes across an old camper who just happens to know Rosie and the Bear Woman, and that is where we get some camp history.  I liked it because it put the camp in perspective, and you get the sense that things have really changed.

It makes me wonder what else has happened at the camp, and what else is in the woods.  It’s a strange area, but maybe that’s the whole point.  Maybe there is a reason this camp is located in this place.  Or maybe not but weird things just have a tendency to happen.  Either way, it makes it fun, because I like seeing all of the craziness at this camp.

4 stars.  I really liked it, and I feel like with each volume, we’re learning more about the camp and the campers!