In this issue, the new storyline is moving along as we learn more about the mysterious Abigail…and the Lumberjanes themselves! Is it good?
Lumberjanes #15 (BOOM! Studios)
The new story arc roars along as we see Jen still in the house of her mysterious rescuer, Abigail, who shows her the house’s immense library, telling her that “research is the most important part of any expedition.” As they settle in for a cozy night of reading, Rosie shows up, revealing that she and Abigail were Lumberjanes together a long time ago. Their conversation quickly becomes confrontational, talking about a mysterious she who threatened campers and forced Abigail to leave the camp.
As they talk, we see Abigail’s many hunting trophies, as Rosie realizes that Abigail has been hunting the monster creatures of the forest without any provocation from them.
As Rosie and Abigail give us tantalizing hints about the true purpose of the Lumberjanes, we switch back and forth from their story to the girls and Barnes still wandering the forest following the antlered wolves’ path as they look for Jen. Barnes continues to prove his usefulness as he helps them build a snow cave for the night. All the girls seem happy to have him along, except for Jo, who is strangely cold towards him, despite his cheery disposition and eagerness to help.
Their sleep is interrupted by the return of the antlered wolves, destroying their snow cave. But the always awesome April has had enough and wrestles a wolf into submission. As she puts it in a strangle hold, all the wolves become docile and give the girls an ominous warning: Beware. Careful. Danger.
Is It Good?
This new story arc has really kicked Lumberjanes back into high gear. The writing is top notch and the pacing on this issue was superb, moving back and forth between the two perspectives at just the right moments.
I love that we get to see more of Jen, one of my favorite characters who was out of the picture through most of the last storyline. I also love the hints we are getting about the mysterious secret purpose the girls are being trained to pursue.
But most importantly, we get the girls at their best – working together as a team to explore a mystery. This is what drew me to this book in the first place and I love that we are back to these kind of adventures.
I also like how Stevenson and co. let the characters grow, and that they aren’t perfect. Jo’s dislike of Barnes is a great example – they aren’t afraid to show a character doing something unlikeable if it is in character.
I’m really excited to see where this arc goes, especially if we get closer to the ultimate mystery of the purpose of the Lumberjanes!
Awesome Ladies Reference of the Book
We get two in this issue!
Cecilia H. Payne was a 20th century astronomer and astrophysicist, who discovered that stars are mostly made of hydrogen, contradicting the accepted theories of the day. She also helped pave the way for more women astronomers.
Nellie Bly was a 19th century journalist and inventor, who broke records with her trip around the world in 72 days. She also launched a new form of investigative journalism when she had herself committed to an insane asylum to uncover the horrible conditions inside.