Ever since its debut just under a year ago, BOOM! Studios’ series Lumberjanes has stayed at the vanguard of comics. Often described as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls,” Lumberjanes chronicles the adventures of five young women who are bunkmates at a “Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types.” (There’s definitely some Adventure Time flavor in there, too.)
The forest outside their camp contains supernatural mysteries, but — like many stories about teens encountering mystical adversaries — the Lumberjanes’ most important struggles are internal. They’re diverse in every sense of the word: Several of the girls are queer and mixed-race, one comes out as trans, and all of them offer complex versions of being a teen that comics (and media generally) routinely deny girls. It’s not surprising that the series is up for a GLAAD Media Award this year — or that it’s a bestseller.
All of this means the Village Voice is incredibly excited to offer the exclusive announcement that this summer, Lumberjanes will get a six-issue crossover series with Gotham Academy, DC Comics’ story of boarding school students set in the darkness of Gotham.
It’s a natural fit: Both series follow an ensemble cast of young characters as they grapple with normal teenage stuff (love, tragedy, identity) and the kind of stuff that most teens will never have to face, like yetis (Lumberjanes) and Batman’s nemesis Killer Croc (Gotham Academy). The limited series is written by Chynna Clugston-Flores (Blue Monday) and illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Lumberjanes).
This is BOOM!’s first-ever crossover, and it’s quite a way to start. Peep the full cover art by Mingjue Chen below, and look out for the series when it debuts in June 2016.