My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Received from Netgalley for review.)
It’s been a long time since the first volume of Rat Queens. That’s for a good reason, which I won’t really get into here. Long and short is that Wiebe elected to change artists, from Upchurch to Sejic, for a really really good reason. The result is, as far as art quality goes, kind of a lateral move. Upchurch is talented, and so is Sejic, and their styles aren’t terribly different on this book. It also meant considerable delay in producing the individual issues. So if you haven’t read any of this book since the first volume came out, brushing up may be in order.
See, the story here builds considerably on what happened in the previous volume. Not just the personalities of the main characters, but the supporting cast, small details, all kinds of things end up playing much larger parts here. Which is kind of satisfying, if you are up to date. I feel the need to re-read both volumes back to back, to see what I might have missed.
I liked that we got more background on the main characters. Violet’s flashback was the best, as far as I’m concerned, but it was also quite interesting to see Hannah’s. Of course, this wouldn’t be Rat Queens if it were entirely serious, and this volume has the same sense of humor as the previous one.
Volume two of Rat Queens is every bit as good as the first, which was kind of a relief. It has great fantasy action, characters I really like, and enough humor to keep the narrative from getting bogged down in itself. Definitely looking forward to volume three even more now.