Sonic the Hedgehog Disney Lumberjanes All-Ages or Small-Ages?
casually, but emphatically, points out all of the plot holes and inherent issues with locking someone away in a tall tower that everyone can easily see. However, it’s important to note that it’s not done in an over-the-top and derisive manner, but is instead presented in the way that it should be: nobody should be forced into gender and class roles that they don’t wish to be in.
For the most part, Adrienne exists in vacuum. We get flashes around to parallel pieces of narrative, but they only tangentially tie in. Eventually though, characters start to appear more regularly and she develops a supporting cast; what a supporting cast it is. While she has members of her family to both antagonise and ally with, the person that I want to talk about is the blacksmith’s daughter, Bedelia. Her energy comes from a similar source of breaking from the mould, but there’s a contagious enthusiasm to her that you can’t help but catch, even as an adult. Helped in part by the luminescence of the art, she’s sure to be a fan-favourite going forward.
Goodwin has a style that could be classified as cartoon-adjacent due to its dynamic positioning and exaggeration of facial expressions. However, there’s also a certain realism to it that helps connect to these otherwise fantastical characters. The attention to detail on the design of all of the armour and backdrops is laudable and it allows you to pinpoint specific components of a character that you adore. One particular favourite of mine is the design of the dragon, Sparky; there’s a dichotomous practicality and silliness to the design of the armour that works extraordinarily well. Bringing it all together with bright and colourful clothing, Goodwin has created a world that feels not only lived-in, but well-worn.
Part of the styling of the work that allows it to feel so kinetic is the dramatic positioning of the panel camera. Goodwin skews perspective to support the narrative in a shrewd way that drives certain members of the cast into certain roles in the reader’s mind. The younger portion of the audience can fear the apperances of the king and applaud when the dragon flies in, but the way that the layouts are used to drive this home is something that everyone can appreciate. Whenever the king is demonstrating his power, the camera tilts upwards and places his magnificent stature into full view. He’s unquestionably both the antagonist and the villain of this series and I appreciate that the art presents this to you in a way other than shrowding him in mysterious shadow.
With all of the fantastic things that I’ve heard about this series, I had very little doubt that it wasn’t going to come up as a overall positive. Breaking down all of those old stories that young girls love, telling them that they don’t need to fall into those defined roles, is both admirable and downright clever. However, that’s definitely not where the appeal ends. These are stories that can serve as hyperbolic representations of events that everyone faces in their everyday lives and I, for one, couldn’t label this series as anything other than “All-Ages”. I may be late to the party with this one, but I can’t wait to discover what else Action Lab have in this repertoire.
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