Lumberjanes, Vol. 4: Out of Time by Noelle Stevenson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Distributors
Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Recommended Age: 9+
Genres & Themes: Comics, Fantasy, Summer (Winter!) Camps, Friendship
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!
The best of the series so far.
It was summer at camp… and then it wasn’t summer anymore. A storm hits the Lumberjanes without notice and dangerous creatures start following them. Jen and the girls get separated.
The art is back to normal, though not for long, as I peeked at the art of the next two volumes and it’s the same amateurish one as in the third volume. Enjoy it while it lasts.
(I don’t find professional this change in art styles and illustrators.)
I don’t know about you, but I tend to find Winter always more beautiful on screen or in literature, including graphic novels. Winter in Canada is dreaded by most people who do not play a Winter sport, as it is coooold. (It’s probably cold in movies and graphic novels too, but who cares, we’re only there to watch the beauty of snow—which is idealized more often than not—, not to feel the cold.
In this volume, the emotions are very easy to connect with. Jen thinks she has been left by the Lumberjanes, so she’s feeling lonely. Jo thinks she’s being replaced as the best friend by someone else in the eyes of April. Rosie gets reunited with someone she thought she would never see before. Even with the absurdness brought in by the fantasy elements, the story remains heartfelt. Though I would have to say this volume made more sense than the lasts.
And who can say not to a little Lumberjanes history?
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