Characters Take Time to Develop in Lumberjanes 41

by Taylor Anderson

This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!

After reading a comic book series for several years, it becomes hard for that title to surprise me much anymore. Obviously, there may be twists and turns to the plot that may be unexpected, but when it comes to the tone, themes, and the manner in which the content is delivered, I have a pretty good idea of how the creators will tell their story.  Lumberjanes is now into that territory where I know exactly what to expect each issue, however, issue 41 surprised me. The reason? It actually did something I don’t remember seeing in any Lumberjanes issue since its inception.

Mal has built several devices to try and deduce what is causing time to behave oddly at the Hardcore Ladytypes Camp. All the Janes are excited by her experiment, but none more so than Molly who takes a special interest in finding out the cause of the time dilations. One night, she sneaks out an find the source of this mystery and makes a deal with the forest spirit to slow time down, which of course is accompanied by several insidious overtones.

That all sounds like a typical Lumberjanes issue and frankly it’s not all that new or interesting. What is interesting, however, is the motivation writers Kat Leyh and Shannon Waters give Molly for making such a deal. Before she heads out to find the spirit, Molly has a nightmare that cleary reveals some aspects about her character.

In her dream Molly’s mother tries to force her to fit into a mold which she has no way of fitting into. The very literal representation of Molly’s fears leaves little room for doubt about why she wants to slow down time and stay at camp for as long as she can. The way this information is presented isn’t the most graceful, but it does reveal things about Molly that tell us who her character is.

As it turns out, this is exactly the type of story telling Lumberjanes needs. For a long time now, this series has been running on the twin engines of charm and zany adventure. That’s all very fun, and the Lumberjanes could easily continue running on that formula for a long time. It’s wonderful to see that Leyh and Waters aren’t satisfied to sit on their laurels just yet. Truly great series are always looking for ways to deepen our connection to their characters, and Lumberjanes has done just that in this issue.

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