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The New York Times bestselling series returns as Mal tries to prove her bravery...but ends up stranded in the Land of Lost Things! DINOSAURS, DANGER & DIMENSION-HOPPING AND ...OH MY! Mal wants to learn to be braver, but when she recruits Ripley to help her face her fears, she ends up somewhere she really should be afraid of--the Land of Lost Things, a pocket universe where The New York Times bestselling series returns as Mal tries to prove her bravery...but ends up stranded in the Land of Lost Things! DINOSAURS, DANGER & DIMENSION-HOPPING AND ...OH MY! Mal wants to learn to be braver, but when she recruits Ripley to help her face her fears, she ends up somewhere she really should be afraid of--the Land of Lost Things, a pocket universe where dinosaurs still roam the earth, and time doesn’t work the way it should. Stranded on her own in an alternate dimension, will Mal be able to find her way back home to camp? And back on the other side of the portal, will Molly, April, Jo, and Ripley be able to find Mal again and save her? Or are they about to get stuck, too? Writers Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes) and artist AnneMarie Rogers present the newest collection of stories from the New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award and GLAAD Award-winning series where you’re never lost as long as you hold onto the ones you love most! Collects Lumberjanes #61-64.


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The New York Times bestselling series returns as Mal tries to prove her bravery...but ends up stranded in the Land of Lost Things! DINOSAURS, DANGER & DIMENSION-HOPPING AND ...OH MY! Mal wants to learn to be braver, but when she recruits Ripley to help her face her fears, she ends up somewhere she really should be afraid of--the Land of Lost Things, a pocket universe where The New York Times bestselling series returns as Mal tries to prove her bravery...but ends up stranded in the Land of Lost Things! DINOSAURS, DANGER & DIMENSION-HOPPING AND ...OH MY! Mal wants to learn to be braver, but when she recruits Ripley to help her face her fears, she ends up somewhere she really should be afraid of--the Land of Lost Things, a pocket universe where dinosaurs still roam the earth, and time doesn’t work the way it should. Stranded on her own in an alternate dimension, will Mal be able to find her way back home to camp? And back on the other side of the portal, will Molly, April, Jo, and Ripley be able to find Mal again and save her? Or are they about to get stuck, too? Writers Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes) and artist AnneMarie Rogers present the newest collection of stories from the New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award and GLAAD Award-winning series where you’re never lost as long as you hold onto the ones you love most! Collects Lumberjanes #61-64.

30 review for Lumberjanes, Vol. 16: Mind Over Mettle

  1. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    One of the Roanokes disappears which sees the Janes have to seek out a portal to find their missing one. A series that had so much potential and great concepts but alas appears to be just dropping filler volumes every four months or so! Also the mystery element has been swallowed up by basic fantasy. It almost feels like the intended reading age continually nods downwards.Oh my Christa McAuliffe, 5.5 out of 12. One of the Roanokes disappears which sees the Janes have to seek out a portal to find their missing one. A series that had so much potential and great concepts but alas appears to be just dropping filler volumes every four months or so! Also the mystery element has been swallowed up by basic fantasy. It almost feels like the intended reading age continually nods downwards.Oh my Christa McAuliffe, 5.5 out of 12.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Johnson

    Read as individuals. I love the story and characters so that’s why I keep reading but I still really miss the old illustrations

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    All of the Lumberjanes volumes at this point are equal parts bland and repetitive and somehow also endearing. And I'll obviously keep reading them because I'm a sucker. All of the Lumberjanes volumes at this point are equal parts bland and repetitive and somehow also endearing. And I'll obviously keep reading them because I'm a sucker.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Flavia

    This was fun but I miss the old volumes :(.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amber Scaife

    Another fantastic volume in the series. The celebration of inclusion and empathy and friendship and support, plus the clever quips and crazy-fun adventures, make this comic absolutely outstanding.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Devann

    I know I say this every time but - another cute volume of Lumberjanes! They're just nice fun light stories to read if you want to feel good and don't want to have to concentrate super hard on something. This one brings back the Land of Lost Things and also Ripley's dinosaur friend so that was very fun and Mal and Molly are adorable as usual. I know I say this every time but - another cute volume of Lumberjanes! They're just nice fun light stories to read if you want to feel good and don't want to have to concentrate super hard on something. This one brings back the Land of Lost Things and also Ripley's dinosaur friend so that was very fun and Mal and Molly are adorable as usual.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nadina

    I enjoyed the story, but honestly I have to knock a star off from my normal rating because of the artwork. I am not a huge fan of it, and while I normally pay attention to both text and the details of the artwork, reading this volume my ain attention was on the text, and I was just glancing at most of the artwork. I feel that the faces of all the Roanoke's make them look old, and on top of that I feel Ripley, who used to look super small compared to the rest of the Roanoke's, which matched her p I enjoyed the story, but honestly I have to knock a star off from my normal rating because of the artwork. I am not a huge fan of it, and while I normally pay attention to both text and the details of the artwork, reading this volume my ain attention was on the text, and I was just glancing at most of the artwork. I feel that the faces of all the Roanoke's make them look old, and on top of that I feel Ripley, who used to look super small compared to the rest of the Roanoke's, which matched her personality, seems much closer in size to the other girls now and her personality almost doesn't seem to match her look anymore. I still enjoy the story, but wasn't a fan of the artwork, we will see what happens in the next volume.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    I don't normally read graphic novels, but there is something about the Lumberjanes that I love. The friendship factor, the adventure, and the fun they get into as well as earning their badges and keeping the impression that it's a normal camp. I also loved that in Volume 16, that they have aged the characters nicely as we see the progressions of characters like Ripley, April, Jo, Mal, and Molly, and yes - she still has her squirrel hat. This book starts with the girls out on one of their adventu I don't normally read graphic novels, but there is something about the Lumberjanes that I love. The friendship factor, the adventure, and the fun they get into as well as earning their badges and keeping the impression that it's a normal camp. I also loved that in Volume 16, that they have aged the characters nicely as we see the progressions of characters like Ripley, April, Jo, Mal, and Molly, and yes - she still has her squirrel hat. This book starts with the girls out on one of their adventures as April wants to find someone fun to wrestle with so she can get her wrestling badge. This has Mal feeling uneasy as she is tired of being the "scared" one in the group and so she asks Ripley to help her become fearless. During one of their lessons though, Mal ends up falling through a portal and now the girls have to save Mal from the portal and bring her back to "this universe". In the portal universe, they will discover a spaceship has crashed and blocking the path for the creatures to go through. I did like that the author chose a spaceship as we got to see Jo's sciencey side at work as she is our science freak of the group. We also saw the development of Mal and Molly with a kiss or two through the story and Ripley was just her usual excited self - she's my favorite character. If you love fantasy, adventure, and friendship mixed with Girl Scouts - then check out the Lumberjanes graphic novels which are suitable for tweens aged 10+.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    A quick trip into the woods for Mal and Ripley ends in a cross-dimensional adventure that has the girls saving dinosaurs from a fallen space station and discovering the true meaning of overcoming fear. This story goes places, and then some. The story ends in a very different place than it starts, and yet it feels very well paced. I thought given how complicated things got that it might feel cramped or rushed at the end, but it's super well done. The girls learn a very good lesson that everyone sh A quick trip into the woods for Mal and Ripley ends in a cross-dimensional adventure that has the girls saving dinosaurs from a fallen space station and discovering the true meaning of overcoming fear. This story goes places, and then some. The story ends in a very different place than it starts, and yet it feels very well paced. I thought given how complicated things got that it might feel cramped or rushed at the end, but it's super well done. The girls learn a very good lesson that everyone should be aware of, and there's also dinosaurs, an angry bear woman, and an unorthodox sleigh ride. It's just the usual 'janes fun, really. Annemarie Rogers, who penciled the last arc, also handles these four issues as well. She's settled in easily, and while I'm still getting used to the big page borders rather than the usual no gutters approach that most Lumberjanes artists take, it's a good look for the book. Dinosaurs to the max!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    read as individual issues

  11. 5 out of 5

    Verity W

    Another fun instalment in the series. This time with snow, dinosaurs and a space station!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Freya

    Review to come :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Bartos

    I know there's four volumes left, so it'll probably be another year, but I'm already sad this series is coming to an end. This arc focused a lot on Mal and Ripley, who are probably my two least favorites, yet I still adored it; it's just such a charming series. I highly recommend just binge-reading every volume. I know there's four volumes left, so it'll probably be another year, but I'm already sad this series is coming to an end. This arc focused a lot on Mal and Ripley, who are probably my two least favorites, yet I still adored it; it's just such a charming series. I highly recommend just binge-reading every volume.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    This series has had its ups and downs...and this, unfortunately, is a 'down' bit. That's been a trend lately, and it is especially obvious with this volume in particular. Nothing about it felt fresh or creative. So many old plot points were recycled that I kept asking myself, "Have I read this one before?" The dialogue lacked the usual snappiness and the characters themselves seemed bored of camp adventures. Even the artwork had an unfinished look to it, more like conceptual sketches than finish This series has had its ups and downs...and this, unfortunately, is a 'down' bit. That's been a trend lately, and it is especially obvious with this volume in particular. Nothing about it felt fresh or creative. So many old plot points were recycled that I kept asking myself, "Have I read this one before?" The dialogue lacked the usual snappiness and the characters themselves seemed bored of camp adventures. Even the artwork had an unfinished look to it, more like conceptual sketches than finished product. I got about halfway into it and skimmed the rest. As much as it pains me to say it, I think this series is on its way out.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Su

    In my review of the last Lumberjanes volume, I mentioned subtle changes in the characters of Ripley, Mal, and April. In this volume I got the sense a little more. As summer camp is ongoing it might make sense for Ripley to start maturing but her actions don’t show that she is but her dialogue no longer has the same over-the-top style which makes it seem like a part of Ripley is missing. April’s semi-frequent theatrical dialogue just isn’t present anymore and has been totally replaced by the more In my review of the last Lumberjanes volume, I mentioned subtle changes in the characters of Ripley, Mal, and April. In this volume I got the sense a little more. As summer camp is ongoing it might make sense for Ripley to start maturing but her actions don’t show that she is but her dialogue no longer has the same over-the-top style which makes it seem like a part of Ripley is missing. April’s semi-frequent theatrical dialogue just isn’t present anymore and has been totally replaced by the more athletic “let me wrestle you” aspect of her personality and Mal continuously becomes more obsessed with her own sense of how afraid she is all the time, rather than the scared but brave Mal who always had a plan to save the day. These changes are so disappointing but not quite enough to stop me from reading more. This volume’s story gives us a peek back into the narrative of the overall mystery of the series with Mal falling into a portal and Molly “borrowing” Nellie (the Bearwoman)‘s portal finding spyglass. Mal’s personal journey back to herself is also a nice story here. Overall, the volume was alright and worth it In itself small setup for the next volume.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    "'Why'd you ask for my help, Mal? Isn't this what you wanted?'" "*sigh.* 'It is. We are always finding the strange and unusual. Or IT'S finding US. And Jo's always curious. April is always ready to throw down. YOU aren't just not scared... you're EXCITED! And Molly She'll like... get this look of steel in her eye! Like NOTHING could move her! And then she dives right into whatever! She's seriously brave. And then there's me. Freaking out. And... and it's embarrassing!'" This wasn't my favorite vol "'Why'd you ask for my help, Mal? Isn't this what you wanted?'" "*sigh.* 'It is. We are always finding the strange and unusual. Or IT'S finding US. And Jo's always curious. April is always ready to throw down. YOU aren't just not scared... you're EXCITED! And Molly She'll like... get this look of steel in her eye! Like NOTHING could move her! And then she dives right into whatever! She's seriously brave. And then there's me. Freaking out. And... and it's embarrassing!'" This wasn't my favorite volume of Lumberjanes adventures, but I did appreciate seeing the character development with Mal. The premise of this volume is Mal wants Ripley (Ripley!) to help teach her how to be braver. When Mal falls through a portal to The Land of Lost Things, Ripley has to get the other Lumberjanes involved to find Mal. While I absolutely loved that Ripley was in charge, for a short while anyway, I kept waiting for Jane to show up and she never did. I honestly didn't think I was that attached to Jane, but I really like seeing how she interacts with the Lumberjanes. There are still three more volumes of the Lumberjanes to come. I can't wait to see how this series wraps up. I feel like I still have so many questions about this delightful little world.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    This volume leans into the weirdness that the Lumberjanes settings allows, going full tilt dinosaur and portal crazy. I'm not sure why, but AnneMarie Rogers' art looks better here - maybe a little cleaner and simpler? Anyway, it still does a good job letting the characters shine through. The story is utterly absurd and unabashedly unashamed of its weirdness, even poking fun at itself when it comes to the presentation of dinosaurs in the past. It's all so absurd and the ending is a little too pat This volume leans into the weirdness that the Lumberjanes settings allows, going full tilt dinosaur and portal crazy. I'm not sure why, but AnneMarie Rogers' art looks better here - maybe a little cleaner and simpler? Anyway, it still does a good job letting the characters shine through. The story is utterly absurd and unabashedly unashamed of its weirdness, even poking fun at itself when it comes to the presentation of dinosaurs in the past. It's all so absurd and the ending is a little too pat in its deus ex machina, but I challenge readers to not smile at Ripley's manic energy or the sled ride. Definitely worth the read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    10+ This is labeled an all ages comic and I do think it would work for younger ages, but the girls are preteens so I think it would work best with that age group. Queer and BIPOC rep. #OwnVoices. Mal is tired of being the only Roanoke that seems scared of all their adventures so she turns to Ripley for help overcoming her fears. Unsurprisingly, hi jinks ensue. As always, I love these girls and their friendship. This is such a fun comic and I would recommend it to anyone. Read in issues (61-64). Tra 10+ This is labeled an all ages comic and I do think it would work for younger ages, but the girls are preteens so I think it would work best with that age group. Queer and BIPOC rep. #OwnVoices. Mal is tired of being the only Roanoke that seems scared of all their adventures so she turns to Ripley for help overcoming her fears. Unsurprisingly, hi jinks ensue. As always, I love these girls and their friendship. This is such a fun comic and I would recommend it to anyone. Read in issues (61-64). Trade (vol. 16) probably won't release until late 2020 or early 2021.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    This one took a dip for me. I didn't like the illustration style of this one because the ladies seem to be drawn a little too masculine and not exaggerated the features that I fell in love with the characters with (big poufy hairstyles or the side shave or the outfits and facial expressions) and even the adventure in this volume wasn't as exciting or magical or humorous as in issues/volumes of the past. There have to be issues that aren't that way so I'm okay with this one taking a dip. I'm stil This one took a dip for me. I didn't like the illustration style of this one because the ladies seem to be drawn a little too masculine and not exaggerated the features that I fell in love with the characters with (big poufy hairstyles or the side shave or the outfits and facial expressions) and even the adventure in this volume wasn't as exciting or magical or humorous as in issues/volumes of the past. There have to be issues that aren't that way so I'm okay with this one taking a dip. I'm still riding the hardcode lady type train!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Annamarie Carlson (she, her)

    Lumberjane Mal wants to be as brave as her cabinmates, so she asks Ripley to show her how to be fearless. But, as always happens when a few Lumberjanes wander in the woods, soon everything goes wrong, and Mal is pulled into an alternate dimension. Luckily, the Lumberjanes find out soon enough and set off on a mission to rescue their friend. Another Lumberjane adventure! This feels fairly self-contained, though I wonder if our dinosaurs will make another appearance as we approach the end of this Lumberjane Mal wants to be as brave as her cabinmates, so she asks Ripley to show her how to be fearless. But, as always happens when a few Lumberjanes wander in the woods, soon everything goes wrong, and Mal is pulled into an alternate dimension. Luckily, the Lumberjanes find out soon enough and set off on a mission to rescue their friend. Another Lumberjane adventure! This feels fairly self-contained, though I wonder if our dinosaurs will make another appearance as we approach the end of this fantastic series? This plot felt like it may have been setting us up for something to come.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I love the whole Lumberjanes series! Who doesn’t love “strong lady types”?! In this collection, Mal wants to learn how to not be so scared of her many fears. Ripley is going to help her by making her face her fears head on....until Mal falls into a portal. Now the rest of the Roanoke girls must find Mal and bring her back! This book brings back some characters from previous books, which was fun! I didn’t love the illustrations in this book as much as the previous, but that’s personal preference. I love the whole Lumberjanes series! Who doesn’t love “strong lady types”?! In this collection, Mal wants to learn how to not be so scared of her many fears. Ripley is going to help her by making her face her fears head on....until Mal falls into a portal. Now the rest of the Roanoke girls must find Mal and bring her back! This book brings back some characters from previous books, which was fun! I didn’t love the illustrations in this book as much as the previous, but that’s personal preference. Looking forward to book #17!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lorna Victoria

    Have I said I'm done with this series yet? Cause I am. This was the least imaginative volume yet. The artwork leaches the characters of their personalities and... I'm just done. I wish I meant that, but this series is always going up and down and I find myself curious each time. As long as the library has it, I guess i'll keep trying, but PLEASE, give the Lumberjanes back their personality and originality!! Have I said I'm done with this series yet? Cause I am. This was the least imaginative volume yet. The artwork leaches the characters of their personalities and... I'm just done. I wish I meant that, but this series is always going up and down and I find myself curious each time. As long as the library has it, I guess i'll keep trying, but PLEASE, give the Lumberjanes back their personality and originality!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Autumn Chrunik

    This volume was all over the place and very rushed. I am slightly disappointed. It was a filler but I wish it was longer so the story could have been fleshed out more because it didn’t make sense and some plot points that I would have loved to see explored more were dropped. I am going to continue the series because I love these characters and their adventures so much but this volume was weak compared to previous volumes.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeni

    I'm over Mal's constant self-doubt and watching her self deprecating...I hope this is the last issue where her low self esteem is the main topic of the volume. Hopefully, it will be growth from here on. And I feel bad saying it, but I really don't like this art style. This and the last volume really weren't for me. I'm over Mal's constant self-doubt and watching her self deprecating...I hope this is the last issue where her low self esteem is the main topic of the volume. Hopefully, it will be growth from here on. And I feel bad saying it, but I really don't like this art style. This and the last volume really weren't for me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #61 | #62 | #63 | #64 Total review score: 2.625 Individual issue reviews: #61 | #62 | #63 | #64 Total review score: 2.625

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Ranger

    This was another great volume in the Lumberjanes series. The authors actually had me laughing out loud at one point, and the action was enough to keep the story moving along at a steady pace. I especially liked the character development and discussion of fear in this volume. I highly recommend this volume and this series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Mal wants to learn to be braver, but when she and Ripley go into the woods for some "training", Mal falls through a portal to another dimension. The rest of the gang rush to find her, but they first have to find another portal. Once this is accomplished, they easily find Mal, and then end up helping some dinosaurs. Mal wants to learn to be braver, but when she and Ripley go into the woods for some "training", Mal falls through a portal to another dimension. The rest of the gang rush to find her, but they first have to find another portal. Once this is accomplished, they easily find Mal, and then end up helping some dinosaurs.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Volume 16 finds Mal trying to tackle her fears... causing all the 'Janes to end up through the portal and in dinosaur land. But Ripley is reunited with an old friend who has done some growing and changing! There's an important message in there thanks to Molly about how everyone handles fear differently... and that that's ok. Volume 16 finds Mal trying to tackle her fears... causing all the 'Janes to end up through the portal and in dinosaur land. But Ripley is reunited with an old friend who has done some growing and changing! There's an important message in there thanks to Molly about how everyone handles fear differently... and that that's ok.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I am a fan of the character Mal so I enjoyed this installment a lot. A lot of the people argue that the series has gone down hill, but I disagree. The series really feels like you are at summer camp where you have lulls and spikes in activity. I also think this installment is one that shows remarkable character development. Each girl gets her chance to lead!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Read as separate issues. Maybe this series is kinda losing its magic for me, because this volume was cute but the plot just felt out of nowhere. Didn't really advance the plot and felt even more random than usual. Best element was Mal's character development in dealing with her fears. Read as separate issues. Maybe this series is kinda losing its magic for me, because this volume was cute but the plot just felt out of nowhere. Didn't really advance the plot and felt even more random than usual. Best element was Mal's character development in dealing with her fears.

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