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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Reader's Diary #1857- Chynna Clugston Flores (writer), Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, Kelly and Nichole Matthews (artists): Lumberjanes Gotham Academy

I've read, and enjoyed, one volume of Lumberjanes and quite enjoyed it, but nothing of Gotham Academy, but this crossover was not the place to effectively learn about the latter nor refresh on the former.

The two combined groups of teens does make for a rather large cast and so character building would have been challenging. Perhaps this is why no attempts seem to have been made, perhaps Chybba Clugston Flores assumed only pre-existing fans would even bother. Instead she's created an almost entirely plot-oriented book.

It deals with a woman who was so devastated by the rejection of a party she'd been throwing in the 80s that she's now used magic forces to stop her own aging while kidnapping the two titular groups (who were in the wrong place at the wrong time) and recreating the party all over. If they don't succeed in making her happy, they may be trapped forever.

It has a certain Scooby-Doo quality about it, with a theme of supporting those who need help moving past emotional trauma/mistakes. In other words, it's mildly entertaining and sweet. It has an added appeal of 80s references for those of us who were alive at the time.


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