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Lumberjanes: the most powerful comic about friendship

Review for the Lumberjanes comic book


Lumberjanes is the kind of comic book you wish you’d had when you were a kid. Or the kind of comic book that makes you wish you were a kid again.

Right away, the comic drops you into its Tumblr-esque, whimsical, slapstick world that centers on a group of girl scouts and their apocalyptic, supernatural camp. There, they take on werewolves, Yetis, punk rock merpeople, and other fantastic beasts.

Beneath this surface of strange creatures is a story about compassion and the reality of growing up. Aside from the supernatural crises they face, the girls also deal with real-life issues like crushes (sometimes on other girls) and falling-outs with friends — and even heavier things like coming out as transgender. What makes Lumberjanes special is that these very real topics are handled with a grace and honesty that’s hard to find in any other comic book today.