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Lumberjanes: Somewhere That’s Green #1 review: It’s Raining Cats and Cats!

Writer Seanan McGuire – Artist Alexa Bosy, with additional story by cartoonist Mariana Costa 

Thanks to Boom! Studios for providing a copy of Something Green #1 for review!

Synopsis: When Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley stumble upon several muddy, spiky, cactus kittens in the woods, they take on the sacred mission of bringing the kittens back to their home. However, when they reach the garden menageries and it’s Dryad tender, they find that there is a deeper problem at the heart of the garden.and the Roanokes are the only ones who can help! Writer Seanan McGuire (Spider-Gwen) and artist Alexa Bosy team up for an entirely new Lumberjanes story!

Fans of Adventure Time and Steven Universe can rejoice for the existence of Lumberjanes. Even if the shows come to a close, this comic will tick the boxes of friendship, joy, and everyday magic. In this story arc, Seanan McGuire (Spider-Gwen, Middlegame, Wayward Children) takes the Lumberjanes on a brilliant journey full of cryptobotany. After being trapped inside due to a rainstorm, the worlds cutest and coolest campers stumble about a litter of kittens. Reuniting them with their mom takes them into a whole new world of wild and wonderful vegetation.

This story has McGuire written all over it. She frequently talks about her experiences rescuing animals and working as a caretaker of the natural world. You can feel her appreciation for all things wild and free in every page of Something Green. The message of respecting and loving nature from afar is so beautifully addressed in the story.

As always with Lumberjanes, there is a hefty amount of emotion and heart. Each character shines, though Ripley really steals the show in this particular issue. Ripley fans cannot miss this one! The art is absolutely adorable, and the creature design will immediately bring a smile to your face. I couldn’t help but grin at every original character in the book.

McGuire continues to impress me with her graphic novel work. Spider-Gwen is amazing right now, and I cannot wait to read her work on X-Men. She is a comic writer to add to your reading list, especially if you want more creators with a mind for diversity and inclusivity.

Have you read any work by McGuire? She writes amazing prose as well! Talk to me on Twitter and Instagram!

Lumberjanes: Somewhere That’s Green is now available in two cover versions. Main cover by Alexa Bosy, and a variant cover by Veronica Fish.

All artwork courtesy of Boom! Studios

Samantha Maybe
Samantha Maybehttps://www.theconventioncollective.com
Sam is a San Diego transplant and SDCC attendee of 5+ years. Recently, she rediscovered a love for reading prose, and loves staying plugged into the comics world through The Convention Collective, and the SDCC graphic novel book club. You can find more of her bookish thoughts on Instagram @Sammaybereading.

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