Page 45 Review by Stephen
"What did we learn today?"
"That our worst nightmares are real and we should totally be afraid of them because they are coming to get us."
Hardcore Lady Types!
Friendship To The Max!
That's what the Lumberjanes' Camp's all about.
Also: extreme exploring and v sassy hair. Mal has a haircut just like our Dee's: shaved on one side then dyed black and whoosh!
You're not really supposed to sneak out from your cabin at night in pursuit of a shape-shifting Bear-woman only to be ambushed by a savage pack of three-eyed foxes which combust upon contact and project a mystery message like "Beware the kitten holy". Not even as a posse. You run the risk of "stranger danger".
But that is precisely what Mal, Molly, April, Jo and Ripley have done and now they must answer to cabin leader Jane who takes them to camp leader Rosie who's whittling out of wood the most intricate eagle claws - so dainty - with an axe. Curiously, Rosie's not cross; she's intrigued. And what's that glowing crystal doing in her toilet? I don't think it's an air freshener.
Highly animated art - positively hyperactive in places - with lots of lovely background laughs, my favourites including Mal in pursuit of a fox, mouth wide, arms flailing and young, sugar-buzzed Ripley dancing with glee when one of her friends starts dancing with glee. Watch Ripley throughout: she is hilariously excitable.
Magic foxes are just the beginning. There are rapids to ride, river monsters to not ride, a Tomb Raiding expedition complete with problem solving skillz, a pack of Yeti but - most frightening of all, the boy scouts' hairy-legged leader, bounding into their cabin in muddy boots and wielding an axe:
"WHAT THE BEJABBERS IS GOING ON HERE? I THOUGHT I HEARD A TEA KETTLE. PATHETIC."
"But - but - but we've got company."
"GIRLS? EW. WHY ARE YOU IN OUR CAMP, WOMENFOLK?"
"We fell into some poison ivy."
"THAT WAS STUPID."
"NO, YOU'RE STUPID."
"IT IS YOU WHO ARE STUPID! COOKIES ARE FOR THE WEAK. REAL MEN SHOULD BE SPLITTING WOOD AND SMOKING PIPES."
"But I like baking cookies..."
"I AM GOING TO CATCH A FISH BY WRESTLING IT AWAY FROM A BEAR."
This is full of life, full of fun and full of individuality, as are the lady types themselves.
Also, what's not to love in a comic that deifies Joan Jett?
"Al, Molly, what in the Joan Jett are you doing?!"
Getting into trouble.