Graphic Novel Reviews

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

This was my first serial-type graphic novel, and it absolutely hooked me. I’ve read everything else I could find by Noelle Stevenson, and the rest of this series is an auto-buy for me. For my introduction to graphic novels, I really couldn’t have picked a better book.

Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy is a quirky, fun, and engaging graphic novel about a group of five friends attending Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. Molly, Mal, April, Jo, and Ripley are anything but ordinary, but their summer turns out to be strange even by their standards. After being attacked by a pack of three-eyed foxes and warned to “beware the Kitten Holy,” the girls find themselves on a wild journey through the woods, fighting Yeti mercenaries, river monsters, and a neighboring boys’ camp along the way. With an action-packed plot and heaps of girl power, Lumberjanes is a great read for younger teens, and the older crowd will enjoy the gorgeous illustrations and well-placed references to famous women throughout history.

Probably what struck me the most about Lumberjanes was how clever it was without being pretentious, how exuberant it was without being immature, how unique the girls were without ever becoming stereotypes. Every panel held some new delight for me, and I found myself rereading it two or three times before I felt ready to put it down. For anyone who wants to try baby steps into graphic novels, or who liked Giant Days or Nimona and wants to see what else is out there, I hope you’ll love Lumberjanes as much as I did. I wish I could’ve been a Lumberjane, that’s for sure.

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