Lumberjanes / Gotham Academy, Volume 1 by Chynna Clugston Flores

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

I love Lumberjanes! I also love Gotham Academy! Do I love this mash-up? Um…not really. It pains me to say it because the concept has so much potential.

Here are the issues that I had with the book: 1) The writing was clunky, without the characteristic flair of these 2 series. Chunks of repetitive dialogue explained what could have been expressed artfully by the panels themselves. 2) The art style was not as dimensional or refined as the original Lumberjanes and Gotham Academy graphic novels. 3) Interactions between the characters were stilted and awkward, not allowing the vibrant personalities I know they have to shine through.

Unfortunately, I don’t recommend this either for die-hard fans or people new to Lumberjanes or Gotham Academy. Stick with the originals for now, at least until these fantastic characters get the crossover they deserve.

Located in Teen Graphic Novels (TEEN GRAPHIC LUMBERJANES)

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