Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

Lumberjanes

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson is an Indiana Jones-meets-Goonies-meets-Adventure Time style adventure perfect for girls and young women.

Volume 1, Beware the Kitten Holy, includes issues #1-4 and introduces us to our lovable cast of characters. This troop exhibits what it’s like for young girls/women to be supportive friends. These girls build each other up, rather than make fun of or try to bring the others down. They want to succeed together.

Our setting is a subtle feminist redesign of Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Girls Hardcore Lady-Types.

A Rosie the Riveter-esque styled camp director is intrigued by the recount of the night’s adventure and encounter with three-eyed foxes who chant “beware the kitten holy”. She encourages the girls to explore and discover the camp and to uncover the strange things and creatures in the woods.

I read Lumberjanes as a Trade Paperback (a book, rather than in issue format) and really enjoyed the style. At the beginning of each issue/chapter there is a page of the camp manual describing the next badge the girls will earn. These badges conveniently pertain to the adventure in the issue. At the end of the issue, Stevenson has added images from the issue mocked up like Polaroid pictures, as if the campers are chronicling their time at camp. It’s a very nice touch.

Overall, the Lumberjanes brings some tough “Girl Power” without being cheesy. The girls encounter strange creatures at camp. They are tested and use their individual mad skills to help their friends escape peril.

At the moment, PBCLS has Lumberjanes issues #1-11 available through our digital portal Hoopla. Click here for the issues!. Learn how to access materials from Hoopla on the PBCLS website .

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Marvelous Women

Last year Marvel acknowledged their female readership with three titles highlighting talented female writers and artists and showcasing their roster of superheroines.

Girl Comics may have a cringe-inducing name, but the content is solid. It’s an anthology similar to Strange Tales, written and illustrated by women in comics. The result is a bit unfocused, but there are some tales including Valerie D’Orazio and Nikki Cook ‘s take on the Punisher, a fun Wolverine and Jubilee story from Marjorie Liu and Sara Pichelli, and Kitty Pryde’s 21st birthday by Carla Speed McNeil and Ronda Pattison. Pages are also dedicated to important women in Marvel’s history giving the work added depth.

Heralds is a standalone story written by Kathryn Immonen which starts with Cyclops setting up a girl’s night out for Emma Frost. The banter between her and She-Hulk, Agent Abigail Brand, Hellcat, Valkyrie, and Monica Rambeau is terrific (and can Patsy Walker: Hellcat get a series already?) and feels more like what Girl Comics should have been. In addition to fun dialogue, there’s some great action involving Johnny Storm’s ex-girlfriend and former herald of Galactus, Frankie Raye – but it’s a little continuity-heavy so feel free to lean on Wikipedia to bone up on who she is: Nova (Frankie Raye).

Marvel Her-Oes is the lightest of the three, with teenaged Janet van Dyne (The Wasp) struggling to fit in even before an accident at her father’s lab gives her superpowers. Little does she know that her best friend Jennifer Walters is hiding a big green secret of her own. A confrontation with Namora puts superpowers in the forefront, but also attracts unwanted attention from outside forces.