Rat Queens Vol. 2 #1 Review
Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Art by Owen Gieni, Coleen Doran
Lettering by Ryan Ferrier
Published by Image Comics Inc.
The Rat Queens have returned! Palisade is still not the greatest place to be, but one has to make do with whatever it is they have. The gals venture on yet another journey trying to defend themselves against assassins and other ruffians that try to rough up their home town. With those sassy ladies leading the way, lord only knows what trouble lay ahead for them. That is until the meet The Cat Kings…
The story is really very involving, you get drawn in at once. It also leaves with a nice cliffhanger making you eager to pick up the next copy as soon as it comes out (April 12th). There is no two ways about it, you take an instant liking to the girls. Hannah the Elven Mage, Violet the dwarven warrior, Dee the human cleric and finally Betty the Halfling thief. But don’t expect them to be goody two-shoes. They are foul mouthed just as anyone else. They are joined by Braga, the newest girl in the pack, she is an orc warrior and all around kickass. I really enjoyed the read, and I want to learn more about them.
The art is quite special in this comic, at times there is even a Brian Froud feel about it. The characters are well defined and really full of details. There has been a lot of effort put into the art of Rat Queens and it shows. I love the attention put into the creatures they come across as well. From Buddy the seemingly walking mushroom with googly eyes to the scary and grotesque face of Milton, the Gut Merchant.
Other volumes of Rat Queens have been released in the past few years and are definitely worth checking out if you are into these types of stories.
I would suggest that you pick up Rat Queens if you like fantasy stories or are a Dungeons and Dragons fan. IF you don’t mind the leads being badass ladies who slay and kill for fun… and money, never forget the money.