Review: Lumberjanes #23

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As with the last few issues, Lumberjanes #23 was written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh and drawn by Carey Pietsch. Both the writing and the art have been consistently good in this arc, and with five well-developed characters, the writers are able to throw the girls into a variety of unexpected adventures while still developing their characters. The expressions Carey Pietsch gives the girls are entertaining and give them personality and a sense of relatability and Maarta Laiho’s vibrant colors bring everything to life.

Lumberjanes, while an excellent comic for younger readers, is just as entertaining for adults and that remains true in this issue. Older readers will probably pick up on more of the subtextual plot. Though Mal and Molly’s mutual pining is pretty glaringly obvious at this point, it will be interesting to see where their relationship goes after Molly experiences the pull of the parallel dimension.

It’s hard to tell where this arc will fall in terms of the collected editions. The adventures of the Lumberjanes and Seafarin’ Karen have already covered three issues, but the delay in trade release means that the collected story may not be released until next year. Despite this, the individual issues continue to be worth picking up for their awesome art, adventure, and wit.

Story: Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh Art: Carey Pietsch and Maarta Laiho
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.