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‘Lumberjanes Vol. 2’ is the Manlessly Abnormal Ideal

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lumberjanesVol2Lumberjanes Vol. 2

Written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Illustrated by Brooke Allen
Colors by Maarta Laiho
Letters by Aubrey Aiese
Cover by Noelle Stevenson
Published by BOOM! Studios on October 7, 2015

Good news, everyone! If you liked what you saw in Lumberjanes volume 1, you will adore what comes in volume 2. Stevenson, Ellis, and Allen give you more of everything you loved: friendship, quirk, adorableness, amazeballs supernatural weirdness, gender diversity, youthful sincerity, and camp (both the place and the quality of art). Volume 1 only began to open the door on the strange events surrounding the Roanoke cabin Lumberjanes, but volume 2 reveals the mystery and closes the arc with satisfying spectacle, wisdom, charm, and humor.

The field guide framework to Lumberjanes remains crucial in grounding the comic. While volume 1 featured yetis and bearwomen, the events of volume 2 literally bridge the worlds of humans and gods, and the audience is asked to take such paranormal events as mere child’s play. The tone established by the tongue-in-cheek field guide parody continually re-establishes the mundane plausibility of middle school girls defeating, for example, supernatural velociraptors. These issues level the playing field between the two strata. Gods exhibit the worst vices and follies of humanity while humans rise above their flaws to become epically divine. The cartoonish style of art by Brooke Allen plays a powerful role in tonally jiving the mundane, supernatural, dramatic, and humorous within the field guide framework.

Read the rest of my review at Popoptiq! (400 more words!)

LJ2Jen

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Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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