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Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy Volume 1

Review:

Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy - Chynna Clugston-Flores,Rosemary Valero-O'Connell,Maddi Gonzalez,Whitney CogarThis is a fun mash-up of two great comics but it didnt quite live up to its potential. It just doesn’t seem like it challenged them so much, either group could have handled it on their own, so why a mash-up for a challenge not worthy of their combined efforts?

Because it’s fun?

We’ll have to go with that. I really loved the scenes leading to their run in and their initial interactions. Jen’s freak out was great as always and the Gotham Academy mode of escape was pretty fantastic. What brought them together is a bit of an interesting concept, but also a bit of a let down. Personally,  I could have liked a real monstr, but I think I get why they went with this. Only this combination could have brought things together…. but still, bring on the monsters!

The art follows the Lumberjanes style more than Gotham Academy, but there are some cover variants that had the Gotham Academy style. As always, the Lumberjanes use the names of famous or historical  (herstorical? Is that a thing?) women as exclamations.  This volume had three:

  1. Chien Shingle Wu – who worked on the Manhattan project
  2. Grainne Mhaol – an Irish lady in active leadership over her land in the 16th century
  3. Jackie Mitchell – the famous female pithe who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gerigh

This has always been one of my favorite features of Lumberjanes. Since I already read both of these separately and a few other all-ages comics, I used thus one as my choice for Task 6 for Read Harder 2017. I do hope they do another combined run when this ‘semester’ is over at Gotham Academy.

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