Lumberjanes Volumes 3 & 4

Lumberjanes, Vol. 3: A Terrible PlanLumberjanes, Vol 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, and Carolyn Nowak
Published by BOOM!Box

The third installment of the fun and feisty comic Lumberjanes has Mal and Molly going on a date (yay!) and being interrupted by none other than the Bear Woman. Meanwhile, back at camp, Jo, April and Ripley are focused on earning every badge they possibly can (and these badges are ridiculous).

This was my favorite of the series yet. I loooooooved seeing the character development here, especially between Mal and Molly – both individually and as a couple. I loved seeing the two of them separate from the rest of the group, how they navigated the craziness that was thrown at them in a particular way that only the two of them together could have done. I also quite enjoyed the silliness of the tasks the other girls were trying to complete for the most random, odd-ball badges ever. It was hilarious and fun to read and the adventures in this book were more exciting than some of the previous ones, I thought. I REALLY liked this volume in particular, but the series as a whole is just tons of fun.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 4: Out of TimeLumberjanes, Vol 4: Out of Time by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, and Carolyn Nowak
Published by BOOM!Box

This volume focused more on Jen than it does the campers – it starts with Jen trying to teach the girls basic survival skills, until a mysterious blizzard hits camp, Jen is separated from the group, and a taxidermist who says she has all the answers “saves” her. Jen quickly realizes that this person is not the safe place she claims to be, and she must save the day and find her way back to the campers.

I really enjoyed the focus on Jen in this volume, as she’s a character that has only really gotten development through the eyes of the other characters. This one was a chance for her to come into her own and show the reader more of her personality. There was also more in terms of getting the back story of the camp and of Rosie’s past. I liked this volume a lot even though it wasn’t my absolute favorite of the series, it brought development to the story and held my attention big time. This series is great; seriously, if you’re not reading it, you need to start now.

Comics I’ve Been Reading Lately

This year, I’ve really tried to jump into the world of comics in my own way. I had never really read comics before, but after trying Saga and Fables and loving one and not so much the other, I decided to continue trying more. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately.

Saga, Volume 5Saga, Volumes 2-5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Published by Image Comics

This series is truly a wild and crazy ride and I absolutely love it. There is interplanetary warfare, star-crossed lovers, all kinds of species living together in harmony and in the total opposite of harmony, tons of female badassery and a central plot that revolves around one family’s undying love and support for each other. I haven’t reviewed each individual volume because, to be honest, they all kind of run together in my head as one full story, but I’ve enjoyed every second I’ve spent inside this world and with these kick-ass characters.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 2:  Friendship to the MaxLumberjanes, Volumes 1 and 2 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke Allen, and Maarta Laiho
Published by BOOM! Box

Lumberjanes is an adorable and quirky comic series about hardcore lady campers who constantly have major challenges to what is supposed to be a fun camping experience with friends. The first volume is a little bit crazier than the second, which delves a bit deeper into character development and has fewer hi-jinx, but both volumes were really fun to read. I loved how the characters are so very different, yet together they make this amazingly tight-knit group of friends who really care for each other. I loved that Stevenson sprinkles so much feminism throughout what the girls say and do. I had really high expectations for this comic in particular before I started it, so I am not sure I fell as much in love with it as I was hoping I would, but I really, really like it and will definitely continue the series.

Alex + Ada, Vol. 1Alex + Ada, Volume 1 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughan
Published by Image Comics

This one REALLY hooked me. The basic premise is that Alex’s grandmother sends him an X5, the newest model of realistic androids, as a companion for him. Alex had no interest in this type of companion, and almost sends it, who he names Ada, back at one point, but decides against it. Then things get interesting. I seriously loved this comic and am so excited to see where it goes. The end was a pretty big cliffhanger and I’m really looking forward to reading the next volume. I think this will end up being an absolute favorite series of mine.

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No NormalMs. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphoma
Published by Marvel

This comic is about an ordinary Muslim girl named Kamala living in Jersey City who discovers that she has a hidden superhero-like power and personality inside of her. I had really high hopes for this one, and I really liked it, but it wasn’t quite as incredible as I was expecting. I’m thinking I will need some time for the characters to develop before I really fall in love. But I did like it! I enjoyed how fast-paced things were once the superhero powers came to light, and I loved how the internal struggle Kamala had to deal with balancing her “normal” self with her new self was shown on the page. Also, who doesn’t want more diversity in books? I am sure young Muslim girls who don’t see a ton of people who look like them or share similar beliefs to their families’ beliefs will love seeing Kamala on these pages. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of this series.