Comic Book Review: Rat Queens #4
Each issue has continued to pick up with traction and capitalizing on all these new opportunities for characters, quests, and unique battles. Rat Queens #3 put the girls back to work and it was every bit a fun to follow that experience of the journey to completing your quest. What seemed simple quickly turned into the usual disaster for the Queens and that tends to be when things get good.
It was the end of that issue that grabs your attention quickly because in comes Barrie and his party who you weren’t expecting to see so soon again. Like I mentioned about the first issue he is a welcomed addition to the main story with so many others who are out of commission. Of course the tension between Barrie and Violet is fun, but I do see where you can only take the shenanigans between them so far before he becomes a distraction. I was glad that so early on they could tackle whatever it is that was putting these two at odds still, on the surface. What they finally expressed to each other was touching for what they only needed to be open about. This moment solidified the desire to see more of Barrie whether he pops up again next issue or in any to come.
The humor in this issue came from how the Queens ended up on this quest. More-so how they approached the mystery of this dark dungeon. Pretty crazy how we end up where we are when this started out as a simple quest for magic ingredients. Normally you would just expect something to go wrong, though the minute they stepped foot in that dungeon you knew full went that things were about to go sideways. Deadly traps, monsters, and sentient decor all made this feel like a genuine RPG experience. What was quite the surprise was seeing what context there was to the image on the cover. You don’t simply show a living chest and not explain just what that is eventually. One of a number of things memorable about this dungeon while still proving potential for more.
Time after time I find myself so captivated by Dee as of late. For someone who doesn’t believe in gods, this has never stopped her from being knowledgeable in that area. she dares to go where others don’t, to ask the questions that others don’t. To someone who doesn’t get fantasy, what stories or tales she tells could sound like nothing, but to us this is engagement. I felt chills from how much their past experiences can be so useful in present situations. With that said, others had their moment too, like Braga. When she has something profound to say it tends to hit you hard. There is always an appreciation for someone who is not always the best the words, yet knows exactly what to say when it counts.
Each issue Oweni Gieni gives us something to admire about what he brings to the table. He continues to bring the consistency in unique styles these Queens take on in their journey. There’s never a set in stone garb for them. Something as simple as a cloak, jacket, hat makes all the difference in the Queens and others preparing for the occasion. What catches your eyes this time around is the detail in environment that Gieni puts into the story. The structural detail in particular you give recognition more than anything else. All of that looks like he put the effort into every rock formation, crease, marking, sigil, relic and statue. All of it was unique to the world of Rat Queens which is the kind of creativity you appreciate the most. The set-up of the dungeon I loved most because it looks like one straight out of a game. Which was why I found it funnier how they tackled the obstacles before them. That aside there was a bit more of a cartoonish presence to some characters and their actions. Not a bad thing at all when this captures the fantasy elements better as well as some humorous expressions.
This was exactly the kind of madness and adventure I was hoping we would be able to get back into with this second volume of Rat Queens. We got exploration, we got the thrill of the unknown, and we even got some personable moments which showed us there’s still more to know about our Queens.