Aubrey Aiese (Letters): Brooklyn Allen (Pre-Order Cover); Maarta Laiho (Colors); Kat Leyh (Main Cover); AnneMarie Rogers (Art); Sharon Watters and Kat Leyh (Writing)
March 20th, 2019
The Lumberjanes have made it to 60! But instead of dealing with aching backs and insurance forms, they’re putting on a play and all of their friends are invited!
But not all is easy sailing for the gang. The play they’re performing—for the birthday celebrations of Mal and Jo, though it ends up giving a tip of the hat to all the summer-birthday-lumberjanes—is a reenactment of Mal’s favorite movie, but the birthday girl is nowhere in sight. April’s invited Jo’s family and is utterly terrified about performing in front of the Roanokes. Meanwhile, an anxious Molly is nervous that Mal won’t make it and is dealing with stage fright of her own. And she has the right to be worried; on the other side of the woods, Mal, Jen, and some of the others are still in the belly of a sea serpent, and they’re rescued by the totally delightful one-eyed pirate slash werewolf Seafarin’ Karen to whom I would propose marriage in a heartbeat were she not fictional. Will April be able to perform? Will Molly overcome her stage fright? Will Mal get to see her next birthday and/or get over this one? And will April’s crush on Jo continue to move forward?
You know the answers will be sweet and tug at your heartstrings, but the Lumberjanes still manage to conclude this storyline with a few surprises and a lot of sweet asides. It was great to see a lot of the gang’s old friends come out of the woods to help with the play, and it’s delightful to see them again and watching them all come together in the spirit of friendship. Even better, it carefully balances each part of the story’s arc in a way that gives each of the girls a moment to shine.
The book doesn’t skimp on the action, naturally, and even as April and her play continue apace there are ships to sail. The sea serpent rescue that makes up the meat of the adventure-y side of the plot is visually arresting and hilarious, and ends in a great and kid-friendly way. A lot of the book’s little details come together and make this issue a happy one; AnneMarie Rogers, who’s been drawing the series for years now, has the friendly-feeling tone and soft round linework of the book down cold by now, and all of the little details she gets right makes the issue pop. Aubrey Aiese’s lettering is creative and delightful, and Maarta Laiho’s colors are soft and a bit muted, giving everything a sense of comfortable, chalk-colored zestiness.
Ultimately, Lumberjanes #60 leaves the reader with a happy sense of peace as they leaf through the issue. Things are set right, the fireflies twinkle, and an all-new arc is set to begin with the next issue. May it be just as rip-roaring as this one!