If, a couple years ago, you'd asked me if I would enjoy reading graphic novels as much as I do, I'd have probably given you a very strange look. Oh sure, I'd read and liked Smile (everyone has read Smile), but when I thought of a typical "graphic novel" I thought of superheroes (not really my thing). Also those strange backward things from Japan (really not my thing) I'll never understand and don't really want to. Nope. Give me a book where the word to picture ratio is 100/0. Even 90/10 to account for books like Harry Potter where chapter headings feature small illustrations.
But I've gotta say: I totally heart the Lumberjanes series!
In the fifth volume, Band Together, Jo, Mal, Ripley, Molly, April, and their counselor Jen have a very strange encounter while hanging out by the lake. Of course strange encounters are nothing new to the girls of Cabin Roanoke, who have survived parallel universes, endured weather anomalies, and faced off against more Monsters of the Week than Mulder and Scully (of X-Files fame). But this time the adventure involves mermaids. And not just any mermaids, but mermaids who play in a rock band.
Or...at least they used to play in a rock band before all that drama happened.
It is then that the mermaid-obsessed April decides to make it her life's mission to reunite the rock band. No matter what.
In typical Lumberjane fashion, things don't go as planned. But do they ever?
In fact, the situation turns from bad to downright apocalyptic. And the angry sea serpents are the least of April's worries.
If things are going to work out, the girls are going to have to put aside their differences and work together.
No spoilers, but if you love mermaids, music, and things that sparkle, you'll love Lumberjanes: Band Together.