Lumberjanes #1 Written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Illustrated by Brooke Allen
Colors by Maarta Laiho
Letters by Aubrey Aiese
Covers by Noelle Stevenson, Maddie Flores, Lauren Zuke Boom! Studios
Release Date: April 9, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99
Have you ever picked something up strictly because of the title? Sometimes the name of a book or comic tells you right away what it’s about, whereas other times it’s a crap shoot. Well, I grabbed Lumberjanes #1 from the list based solely on the unique name. And I have to say, I’m glad I did.
The setting is summer camp and the protagonists are a group of young girls out after curfew. It’s hard to tell from the art if these young ladies are adolescents or teenagers. But one thing is for sure, they are pretty damn funny. For instance, there’s a scene that feels like it was lifted from Charlie’s Angels where they are posing right before some asskickery begins.
Womanthology: Space Written by Bonnie Burton, Sandy King Carpenter, Alison Ross and Stephanie Hans, Ming Doyle, Stacie Ponder, Blair Butler, Joelle Sellner, Ellise Heiskell, Robin Furth, Rachel Edidin, Jennifer de Guzman, Jody Houser, Devin Grayson, Christine Ellis, Barbara Randall Kesel, Allison Pang, Laura Morley, Cecil Castellucci, and Kiala Kazebee
Illustrated by Jessica Hickman, Tanja Wooten, Stephanie Hans, Jordie Bellaire, Stacie Ponder, Alicia Fernandez, Jean Kang, Maarta Laiho, Carli Idhe, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Leigh Dragoon, Sally Thompson and Kathryn Layno, Lindsay Walker, Elva Wang, Diana Nock, Chrissie Zullo, Sara Richard, Kel McDonald, and Isabelle Melancon
Colored by Jordie Bellaire and Ronda Pattison
Lettered by Rachel Deering, Robbie Robbins, Amauri Osorio, and Isabelle Melancon
Cover by Renae DeLiz
Series Edited by Mariah Huehner
Collection Edited by Justin Eisinger and Alonzo Simon IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 5, 2013
Cover Price: $24.99
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that women receive enough of the limelight within the comic book industry; thankfully, artist Renae DeLiz (The Last Unicorn) came up with a fantastic way to showcase a variety of fantastic female talent and IDW jumped on board. Womanthology: Space is the collected addition of the first five issues of the monthly ongoing series of the same name. Building off of the success of DeLiz’s first venture with the graphic novel Womanthology: Heroic, Womanthology: Space is an amalgamation of short comics with the overarching theme of “space” created solely by established and up-and-coming female creators. Check out my impressions of some of the best and worst that this anthology has to offer!