Two weeks ago I reviewed my favorite comic of last year, this week I review the runner up.
Comic Title: Rat Queens
Volume: 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’Rygoth
Collected Issues: #6-10
Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Roc Upchurch, Stjepan Sejic
Publisher: Image Comic
Page #: 128
Genre: Fantasy, Humor
Yes I have reviewed the first volume of Rat Queens and you can find that review here!
So why is this my second favorite comic of the year? Aside from the fact that as a nerd who enjoys both playing and running Role Playing games including Pathfinder and this comic being the embodiment of everything that is great about that, I love the fact that this comic wasn’t afraid to put aside their main plot for a volume to build on their characters.
The best part of role playing in my experience is the way that people build their characters, shape them with stories that may or may not be true but they use them to find their place in the world, as well as the way those stories interconnect and bring the group together. This volume perfectly embodies this.
The humor and the sex and the drinking is all still here, don’t get me wrong, but I really loved the way that this volume focused on what is most likely the worst moment of all of the main group’s lives. I’m not going to go into specifics but despite the somber tone a lot of these issues had, it meant that by the end of the book you were rooting for them to succeed. Not just because they were funny and adorable, but because you had seen where they were coming from and why this was important to them.
If you are a character oriented reader this volume will be something that you love I am sure. The art is fantastic even though there was a change from the first volume, if anything I like it more. The side characters that I often find myself loving more and more are still here. There is suspense, there is drama, there is humor. What more could you ask for in a comic?
I would also recommend this comic to anyone looking for a comic filled with bad ass ladies that are represented realistically. Each of the girls have a different body type, different struggles, different attitudes. They are all awesome in their own right. There is a transgender character. There are lesbian characters. All of it feels natural and genuine.
If none of that convinced you I have one final argument, and I’ll leave you with that:
Lady dwarves have beards.