Mythology Bites in Lumberjanes 43

by Taylor Anderson

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

I recently read an article which argued the point that serialized tv is a “disease.” Perhaps a bit hyperbolic, but the author had a good point. In some cases, TV shows forgo quality in the name of developing mythology. My ever-treasured LOST was cited as a prime example of this, and I had a hard time disagreeing with it being so characterized, as I remembered scenes of a church filled with the dead spirits of the show’s main characters. This got me thinking: I’ve always treasured mythology building in my narratives, but does that mean its always good for the story or content? As if to answer this question, Lumberjanes 43 was published and the answer seems to be a mighty, no.

“Time shenanigans” continue to plague the Lumberjanes and their camp. An ancient and gigantic stone humanoid called a sentry has been awoken prematurely and threatens to destroy all that is in its path. Luckily, Abigail shows up and shares some information she has about how to defeat the sentries.

Reading from the journal of the first Lumberjane, Abigail speaks of a mystic axe that can cut down the tree which apparently started this whole time mess. While part of me is intrigued by the revelation of a “first Lumberjane” and her mystic axe, another, louder part of me is more dubious. I don’t read Lumberjanes for epic tales that have mythologies as deep as they are wide. No, I save that for Thor. I read Lumberjanes for fun, zany adventures that aren’t worried about being grounded or part of some grand narrative told from ages immemorial.

I appreciate what Shannon Waters and Kat Leyh are trying do by creating a backstory that grounds all the fantastic adventures that surround the Lumberjanes, but I question whether it is really what the series needs. Lumberjanes is at its best when its dealing in the unbridled joy of adventure, where literally anything can happen because there’s nothing dictating what can and cannot happen. As soon as a mythology starts to get involved, though, rules are put into place which dictate what is and isn’t possible in the world being created. Even if these rules are egalitarian, it would take away from the fun and unpredictability that make this series so entertaining.

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