Wednesday, 23 September 2015

So I Read Rat Queens: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'Rygoth

A 250 word (or less) review of Rat Queens Volume 2
by Kurits J Wiebe, Roc Upchurch and Stjepan Sejic, Image Comics

Rat Queens is an ongoing comic. To read about the first chapter go here.

Rat Queens is an extremely fun swords and sorcery adventure comic. It features the Rat Queens, Hannah the ill-tempered elven mage, dwarven warrior Violet, cultist cleric Dee, and hard-partying smidgen thief Betty. This chapter of the comic picks up in the aftermath of the last volume, with the town of Palisade recovering from the Rat Queens' last adventure a mysterious force with a powerful artifact from Dee's N'Rygoth worshipping past emerges bent on revenge against the city. But with Plaisade's defences already weakened its up to the Rat Queens and their rag-tag adventurer allies to save the town. Rat Queens Volume Two was another really enjoyable, funny fantasy story comic that does a great job building on the first chapter to make for an even better comic experience. I felt that the first Volume of Rat Queens, while really fun, relied a bit too much on character stereotypes. This was an understandable choice since it allowed the comic to quickly tell a great adventure without overtly building backstory, but resulted in some shallow feeling characterization at times. Rat Queens Volume Two manages to complicate these stereotypes and really build the characters of the world into captivating, believable people, which makes the comic feel so much richer. This volume is really where Rat Queens goes from a fun premise to a properly good comic. And, if it is any indication of the comics to come, a book I'll be reading for years to come.

Word count: 241

Rat Queens Volume 1
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