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Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  386 ratings  ·  69 reviews
The first original graphic novel set in the award winning and critically acclaimed Lumberjanes world!

When the Janes start to become separated during an orienteering outing thanks to a mysterious compass, Molly becomes more and more insecure about the effect of her relationship with Mal on the other girls. Meanwhile, a lonely woman explorer is trying to steal the compass, w
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by BOOM! Box
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Cute story. This is a prequel to the Lumberjanes Vol. 1. This is set right before they found out there was something strange about the camp and there were monsters in the wood. Molly and Mal first make their relationship public here. Most of this story is told in black and white. There is a 2nd story that is in color.

I really enjoyed this little story, but it should have been a flashback in the main storyline. Cute, playful and fun. Yeah, Friendship to the Max!
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An adorable addition to the Lumberjanes universe, developing Mal and Molly's relationship while also supplying tons of supernatural hijinks
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
IT'S SO GAY! I'M IN LOVE. Yes, this is the Lumberjanes you know and love, only with the queer ships front and center, and in a snazzy new art style that jives quite nicely with the original, thank you very much. It took me a moment to get used to the desaturated coloring, but once I sunk into the gorgeousness it was quite a nice journey, with the pleasant ladyfolks we've all come to love. And possibly ship. With each other. SAID AS AN ACE, ARO, AGENDER PERSON OKAY IT'S STILL AMAZING READ IT. I h ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yet another win from the world of Lumberjanes! This standalone graphic novel was fantastic & adorable, and it was so lovely seeing Molly and Mal talk about their feelings (and btw, I'm 100% on team Ripley re: M&M being the best ship name). Lilah Sturges did an excellent job with this universe, and the characters were completely on point. The art by polterink was really gorgeous, though the coloring was more subdued than I'm used to in this universe. I think it worked well, and I still lo ...more
Erm, it was all right? Despite it being 100+ pages, there really didn’t seem to be much to it that made it distinguishable from a regular issue of Lumberjanes. I expected something bigger and bolder and it just felt like a regular jaunt. The lack of color might’ve done it for me as well, as the comics have such a vibrant tone that the subtle splashes of color just felt like line-art.
They kissed! And I squee like April, but now my lips are squeeled.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's sweet, endearing and made me feel good :D
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This was cute (and I’m 100% here for queer relationships in middle grade/YA graphic novels) but I’m baffled why this had to be a separate graphic novel and not just a few issue arc in the main Lumberjanes comic where it wouldn’t have been out of place. The cynical part of me says it was for money, which considering this trade retails for $14.99 and 2/3rds of it is the actual comic, might be right. Yes, the entire last chunk of this trade is just a preview of the first issue of Lumberjanes which ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a real wee delight. I love the Lumberjanes. The new art style with the black/white/green colouring was striking.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent adventure in the Lumberjanes world! Fun and spoopy with lots of perfect beats. Art portrayed the girls perfectly. Loved the featuring of my fave 'Janes: Mal and Molly!
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Infernal Compass is set in the same world of the Lumberjanes, but separate from the ongoing plot of the series itself. It was created by Lilah Sturges (Everafter, Thor: Worthy Origins, The Magicians) and Polterink.
What’s interesting about the binding of The Infernal Compass (and a couple of the other Lumberjanes stories) is that it is in hardback, and on the whole probably smaller than a single graphic novel. However, where the graphic novel may have several plots and issues, the Infernal
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

It's cool to see The Lumberjanes in a new format. There's a new drawing style and it serves as a prequel to The Lumberjanes Vol: 1. I loved that Molly and Mal's relationship takes a big seat in the graphic novel. They talk about wanting to make their relationship public and they are so adorable in general. Not only that, but I loved the little touches, like how one character n
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this very much. It still felt very much like a Lumberjanes story just different, and I think that's great for keeping a series like this fresh and interesting. I also liked the art style and the limited color palette.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I miss the original team of creators :(
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I really do feel like Counselor Jen and I are soul twins. "NO HIJINKS!!:
What a cute little companion story!!

SQUEEEE!!! I loved it!!
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute side story revolving around Molly, and her growing relationship with Mal. I really enjoy Molly, as she's the most sensitive of the Lumberjanes, and seeing her grow to trust them is lovely. The story wasn't complicated, serving solely to forward the character and the lesson. Though I very much enjoyed the automatons! I didn't care for the muted art style at first but it grew on me and works well with the story. If you enjoy the Lumberjanes, definitely pick this up!
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lumberjanes are everyTHING.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a stand-alone graphic novel and is such a great and easy read. Lumberjanes is one of my favorite comics and I loved the twist on the artwork in this book. Can’t recommend this book and the Lumberjanes series enough.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A touching, gentle exploration of a first relationship (bonus points for it being everyone's favorite Lumberjanes couple Mal and Molly) and worries about that relationship affecting others. As always, a huge emphasis on friendship. I particularly liked the color palate and enjoyed the compass being a bright spot among the mostly muted colors when it did something infernal.
Utterly delightful! A normal orienteering jaunt leads to unfortunate hi jinks thanks to a bad juju compass. This was funny and super sweet--Mal and Molly YAY!!!! Molly's concerns were so sweet, and I love how they got resolved. And the not-robots! And Ripley! Ripley is so hard to write, it seems, and she was perfect here. Truly delightful.
Kim Dyer
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-comics
While the plot of The Infernal Compass is rather cute, I'm not entirely certain it warranted a graphic novel release. It did not have the depth of the main series and was incredibly short. Only half of this very small graphic novel is the actual story. The rest is just concept art and a copy of the first issue, which you will already own if you're collecting the series.

I also did not really gravitate towards the art style. Really, the only thing that I really enjoyed about this novel was its foc
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great fun- I like how the relationships are starting to develop and get more nuanced here. I think, though, that my favorite part was the remix of Kitten Holy at the end. A fun shift in perspective. Solid 4.5 stars
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The publishers kindly sent me a PDF (not final) copy of this.

It was as fabulous as Lumberjanes books always are. A bit more serious and less ridiculous, more angst and less over-the-top hijinks, which meant I loved it a teensy bit less - but a worthy and satisfying addition to the canon.
Chris Lemmerman
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very quick and easy read. Both writer and artist are new to Lumberjanes but fit in effortlessly, capturing the personalities that make the group so cohesive and amusing, while spinning a very Lumberjanes-style story that wouldn't look out of place in the main series. The art is very ethereal and sparsely coloured which makes the greens really pop when they do show up, and I like that polterink manages to make Ripley look like an actual human being and not a peculiar gremlin like she sometimes ...more
Kest Schwartzman
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the lunberjanes; I love the characters and the setting and everything about it. But I miss Noelle Stevenson.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphicnovel, ya, f-f
This was real cute! It's definitely stand-alone, but I'm not sure how great it would be as your first intro to Lumberjanes (I've read some of the monthly comic issues so while I don't keep up with the title, I have a passing familiarity with the setting and the characters, which aren't explained in this book). I love the art, it's all pen-and-ink with gray ink wash and touches of bright green. The story is sweet, if short, and there's A SMOOCH which melted my cold, cold heart right to a puddle. ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Good story, but both the writing and the two-tone art seem kind of hasty...the second, full color episode, though even shorter, just comes off as livelier and more in tune with the rest of the series.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I love everything Lumberjanes and I understand the design change for this edition to focus on Mal and Molly. My only wish is that it was in full color. I miss that classic Lumberjanes look with the coloring that this one just didn't have.
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