CBR11Bingo – Rainbow Flag!
The Lumberjanes’ latest adventure begins when troop leader Jen takes the scouts on an orienteering lesson. Naturally, weird things begin to happen despite Jen’s plee for “no hijinks!” but the girls aren’t really to blame. Rather, their bizarre compass seems to be acting up, and the ‘janes start disappearing one by one, thrown into some sort of alternate void where they meet a cohort of robot butlers. EVIL Robot Butlers?!
But which conflict is worse: taking down a bunch of evil robot butlers, or trying to figure out all your feels for your new girlfriend, and the fear that your relationship might shatter the friendships you treasure among your fellow scouts?
This is the first graphic novel in the stellar Lumberjanes series, and true to its cover, the heart of the story is with Mal and Molly’s sweet relationship. It’s been sort of on the sly for 11+ volumes of the original comic, and now Molly is trying to navigate her complicated feelings and fears of their relationship shaking the foundation of the Lumberjanes’ friendship.
The big difference in this graphic novel is that we’ve had the punchy colors of the comic removed for a simple black and white with shades of green. And initially, it was a jarring change! Suddenly we are in a more contemplative, quieter version of the series, and initially I feared I would miss the quirk and in-your-face nature of the original comics. Luckily, my fears were unfounded. Once I got used to the different style, the authentic voices of the characters rang true.
12 out of 10 will read forever.