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Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass OGN
Lilah Sturgess, Polterink, Jim Campbell, Alexa Sharp
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As someone who has dipped a toe into the Lumberjanes universe on occasion, but wouldn’t call themselves a die-hard fan, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to pick up the threads of Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass. I had nothing to worry about on that front however, as there is plenty is this OGN for even the most casual reader. As long as you know that these aren’t your normal Girl Scouts, and that you enjoy a good pun (or three), then you’ll be in for a fun journey.

Camp counsellor Jen repeatedly requests that the girls gets up to no mischief whilst working for their “Mappy-Go-Lucky” orienteering badge (did I mention there were puns?), but even a passing acquaintance with the ‘Janes will let you know that it won’t all be plain sailing. With painfully polite butler-robots that clearly have British accents, some spooky goings on, and some friendship woes for the girls, this is a fun little walk through the woods.

Whilst the artwork from Polterink isn’t the usual curvy cuddly style I’m used to from the original Lumberjanes series, it is easy enough to follow, with pared down backgrounds and a simple colour palette. The more naturalistic style works well with the story, and although this is the first thing I have read from Lilah Sturges, it’s sure to not be the last.

Whilst I’m not sure that I would recommend this to a reader that has no knowledge of the characters it makes a great read for someone who is already a fan of Mal, Molly and all the other usual suspect. Read it to the max!

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