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Review – Lumberjanes: Somewhere That’s Green #1 (BOOM! Studios)

Lumberjanes Somewhere That's Green #1 (BOOM Studios) cover B (detail) by Veronica Fish
Lumberjanes: Somewhere That's Green #1/Weather Woes
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Summary

Author: Seanan McGuire
Artist: Alexa Bosy
Letterer: Ariana Maher
Cover Artist: Alexa Bosy
Alternate Cover Artist: Veronica Fish
Bonus Weather Woes short
Author: Mari Costa
Artist: Mari Costa
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release Date: May 29th, 2019

Not even rain will keep the Lumberjanes’ spirit at bay! Read this standalone adventure in Lumberjanes: Somewhere That’s Green.

 

Even Rainy Days Won’t Slow Down the Lumberjanes

Nothing will cheer you up faster than the Roanoke cabin and all of their adventures. I’m not sure what the weather is like where you live, but it’s been near-constant rain near me. So this issue was hilariously timed in that regard. Lumberjanes: Somewhere That’s Green #1 is a standalone plot, but still one worth reading. The Lumberjanes always managed to find adventures, don’t you think? And they sometimes involve cats, so it’s really a win-win for us readers.

This issue contains the main plot (Somewhere That’s Green), as well as a short at the end called Weather Woes. So make sure you don’t accidentally skip it!

Writing

Lumberjanes Somewhere That's Green #1 (BOOM Studios) cover A by Alexa Bosy
Lumberjanes: Somewhere That’s Green #1 (BOOM! Studios) cover A by Alexa Bosy

One of the best things about the standalone shorts for Lumberjanes is that they bring in different authors and artists to lend a hand. In this case, Seanan McGuire picks up her pen to give us the main plot. She’s the mind behind Lumberjanes: Somewhere That’s Green #1, while Mari Costa brought us Weather Woes.

This was a really fun issue. For one thing, it’s slightly longer than average (thanks in part to the short at the end). It involved all of our favorite characters and, of course, introduced a few new ones along the way.

The Roanoke cabin is just so endearing—especially in this issue. Their adventure starts out almost normal. Just a bunch of kids stuck inside on a rainy day. But things quickly turn more Lumberjanes-esque before long. The ensuing adventure was a fun callback to the first plot in the original series, but with some completely different twists.

Weather Woes was short but sweet. It was nice seeing some of the secondary characters again. There are so many in the Lumberjanes world that it’s impossible to check up on all of them all the time, so I appreciate it when it does actually happen.

Art

Alexa Bosy is the artist behind Lumberjanes: Somewhere That’s Green #1. She was the solo artist for the main plot of this issue. And she worked alongside Ariana Maher, the letterer. The Lumberjanes look a bit more chibi-like in this issue, but honestly? I love this look. I’d be thrilled to see this art style take over the main one (though I do enjoy the current style too; don’t get me wrong). It’s just so…cute. And it matches their personalities surprisingly well.

Mari Costa was the artist for Weather Woes, which means that she both wrote and illustrated it. So credit to her for that! There is one panel at the end of her plot that was absolutely beautifully done. And it was a perfect conclusion to this standalone issue.

Conclusion

Lumberjanes: Somewhere That’s Green #1 was a blast to read. My only regret is that it was a standalone issue. It was fun to see the crew on a more casual adventure. And while I know it’s unlikely, I sure wouldn’t mind seeing more of the new characters introduced. This issue did a wonderful job of nailing the whimsical nature shown in the series. It was abstract and fun, and not afraid to just be itself. That’s what makes this series so fantastic.

Weather Woes was a fun and quick short. It was only a few pages long, but it was, without a doubt, a Lumberjanes story through and through.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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