Hey all, Dani here.
Today I’m back with a couple more comic reviews, this time both are from the same series. One is a single issue and the other is a bind-up volume. Oh, and I’ll just say it right here and now…the Rat Queens are violent and vulgar. These comics contain a lot of blood, alcohol, drugs, and sex. Let’s jump into the reviews.
(Issue #16): “WHEN BEARDS COLLIDE” Part One. The Rat Queens return to Palisade to find that the world has moved on without them. The tavern is infested with would be heroes, drinking all the ale and getting in all the fights. What’s a warrior girl to do?
(Vol 4): The Queens are back! Palisade is still a rat-infested hell hole, and Violet, Hannah, Dee, Betty, and the brand-new Queen, Braga are the only hope of saving it! It’s been a long time since they’ve done a good slaughter, so join them as they get back to the basics of killing monsters and drinking away the profits! This is a fresh, hilarious new take on the RAT QUEENS with new artist OWEN GIENI! Collects RAT QUEENS, VOL. 2 #1-5
Rating: Issue #16 – 5 stars, Vol 4 – 4 stars
First up is Issue #16. This was supposed to be the first of a new story arc, but after its release the comic went on hiatus, and when it finally returned they just decided to start with a new storyline and ignore the most recent release. What is sad about that to me is that Issue #16 is no longer canon to the overall story, and it is the issue that includes the characters in Vox Machina from Critical Role. (And you all know how I feel about Critical Role). But honestly, if it weren’t for the inclusion of some of my favorite fictional characters, I probably would have given the issue a 3.5 or 4 star rating. It just felt a little disjointed and confusing at times.
Moving on to Volume 4. So this one starts in a similar manner to Issue 16, with the Rat Queens returning to Palisade after a nice sailing adventure abroad. Now back home they are ready to jump back into business as usual with taking contracts in order to pay their rent and such. But Palisade is not exactly the same as they remembered. A lot of the other adventuring groups are gone or have disbanded, and several people are acting strangely. The Rat Queens get right back into partying, fighting, drinking, and for my favorite character, Betty the smidgen, the indulging of psychedelic mushrooms. They then take a job that will nicely cover their rent, but another party (the Cat Kings, led by Violet’s twin brother Barrie) is on the same task, but are woefully unprepared. Shenanigans ensue, and an amusing adventure is had. Honestly what I love about this comic series is that it reminds me of some of my D&D adventures, and it’s just entertaining. I love the differences and complexities of each character, as well as how well they can work together, and that they accept each other, flaws and all. I just really enjoy reading this series.
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