Review: Rat Queens Volume 2 is Everything an Adventuring Lady Could Ever Want

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It’s true that Volume 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’Rygoth has been out for a while, but with volume three hitting shelves April 19, we figured it was time to go back and address the goodness of volume two to get you excited. You can also check out our review of volume one.

This tradeback chronicles Rat Queens issues #6-10 and includes the transition from former artist Roc Upchurh (who left the project after receiving domestic abuse charges) to current artist Stjepan Sejic. It also includes a section of extra goodies like unused cover art and character studies.

Within the 128 glossy booze-soaked pages, we are treated to backstory of several of our favorite ass-kicking ladies, because we all know a comic character’s history never stays in the past. The super Cthulhian god of Dee’s cultlike past is being summoned to Palisade and it’s a race against time to find who’s pulling the strings and stop a tentacle-y nightmarescape end the world.

Along the way, we get the same humor, gore, violence, emotion, and kickass fashion from the first volume. There is also romance, mystery, angst, and character development abounding. It’s the same Rat Queens, delving deeper into the magic of the universe and the motivations and hearts of its characters.

   

All in all, there’s honestly not a single poor word to be said about Rat Queens. Seriously. There’s diverse range of emotion, amazing writing, and seriously eye-pleasing art.

What’s maybe even more incredible, however, is the range of diverse characters in race, body type, personality, sexual orientation, and adventuring stereotype. It’s hard to not fall in love with even minor characters and it’s damn near impossible to not be drawn into the world. If you haven’t read it yet, you should start ASAP. It’s what the D&D-esque world of fantasy has needed for so long.

Rat Queens Volume 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’Rygoth is available through Image Comics. 128 pages, 2015. Rated M.

Ashley Bles

Ashley Bles

Ashley Bles is a freelance writer with a degree in mass media communication and comic studies. She is a proud intersectional feminist, firebender, Slytherin, and insists Mace Windu is absolutely still alive. She is also an avid larper and collector of cats.
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