Lumberjanes Vol. 5: Band Together (5)

by Shannon Watters

Other authorsGrace Ellis (Author), ND Stevenson (Author), Gus Allen (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2016




BOOM! Box (2016), Edition: Illustrated, 112 pages


Comic and Graphic Books. Fantasy. Juvenile Fiction. It's a battle of the bands...with mermaids! April takes it upon herself to restore a friendship that has fallen apart, but will she be in over her head as her above-water friendships take a hit? Don't miss out on seeing the Lumberjanes save the day""and friendships challenged""in this exciting collection of issues #13 and #18-20!.


½ (135 ratings; 3.9)

User reviews

LibraryThing member norabelle414
The first issue in this volume (issue #17 overall) takes us back to the beginning of camp. We see all of the girls arriving with their parents, and meeting each other. And meeting Jen for the first time! We learn how Ridley got the blue streak in her hair and how Molly got her "hat". It was really
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sweet and wonderful and a fitting end to Noelle Stevenson's tenure co-writing the series.

The rest of the volume (issues #18-20) was co-written by Kat Leyh. The girls meet some mermaids who are having rock band troubles, and April vows to fix their friendship and get the band back together. Possibly to the detriment of her own friendships.

This section is fine. It is what I was expecting before I started reading the first volume. But it's missing a little something compared to the previous volumes. The story is very April-centric instead of including all of the girls. There is no connection to the overall mystery of the camp except a brief mention that the girls are glad the snowstorm is over. Usually it feels like a million things are happening at once and the plot speeds along, but these three issues felt like almost nothing happened. There are very few background jokes. The interstitial excerpts from the (purposely boring) Lumberjanes guidebooks used to be cut off mid-sentence, but now they end at a complete paragraph. These may seem like small, inconsequential things, but it was the small things that made Lumberjanes such a joy to read. I enjoyed the story, and I fully intend to continue reading the series, but a little bit of magic was missing.
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LibraryThing member villemezbrown
When you have a character repeatedly point out how your story doesn't make sense, that self-awareness does not fix the fact that your story does not make sense. This is another clunker in a very uneven series.
LibraryThing member krau0098
This is the fifth volume in the Lumberjanes series and it was my least favorite to date. They have a number of new artists for this one and I didn’t like the switch. Additionally the story was just kind of blah.

I did like the opening chapter of this which shows how all the girls got to camp. I
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wasn’t a huge fan of the rest of the book though. I disliked the artwork a lot and thought the storyline with the mermaids was mostly just silly. This was a very disappointing Lumberjanes for me.

Overall not my favorite. I hope they go back to the original artist in the next volume. I also hope they have a more interesting storyline. If volume 6 is like this one I won’t be continuing the series.
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LibraryThing member Calavari
Lumberjanes #17 actually wraps up the events of the last volume, reviewed here. Then the next story really starts with the mermaids. I have to admit, I'm a bit like April when it comes to mermaids. And then these mermaids were these whole other amazing creatures, especially on the heels of
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reading Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein. They were so AMAZING!
The story plays out well and I enjoyed the time spent with April on these issues. There are too many girls for each volume to show character progression for all of them, but we see different girls get their moments as the series progresses. April is definitely the one I identify with the most, and we both love mermaids, and I have to hear and learn what she does over and over all the time. That said, it has also been great to watch the others grow when the stories focus on them and remind myself of the lessons they learn as well. It's good reinforcement.
Now, on to another of my favorite things about this series: The Amazing Women in History that are mentioned in their exclamations. Collectively, this volume mentions the following women that you really must check out!

Tippi Hedren
Sylvia Earle
Joan Jett
Ida B. Wells
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LibraryThing member Tiffy_Reads
Loved this book. The series is so fun!
LibraryThing member hopeevey
I love this series so much!

This is my pick for the 2018 Read Harder challenge for task 18: A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image.
LibraryThing member readingover50
So cute. This is my favorite graphic novel series. I loved entering the world of the merpeople. I wish this could be published more often. It is too hard to wait between volumes.
LibraryThing member booklover3258
I took off one star due to the weird illustrations in this issue. They are not consistent like the last 4 issues. The illustrations were too kiddish for my taste. However, story was great as usual and c'mon awesome mermaids!
LibraryThing member comfypants
Girls at summer camp meet some merfolk.

2.5/4 (Okay).

It starts with a single-issue flashback to the first day at camp, which makes a nice sort of season finale to Stevenson's run on the series. Then the new creative team takes over, and the results are underwhelming. What was previously a fantasy
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series featuring children is now a children's series featuring fantasy - more like an episode of a Disney Channel cartoon. It's perfectly fine for what it is, but I guess I don't feel the need to keep reading if this is what the series is going to be.
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112 p.; 10.19 inches


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