Rat Queens #17
Writing - 8/10
Art - 9/10
Overall - 8.5/10
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Creator: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Author: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Priscilla Petraites
Colorist: Marco Lesko
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: July 31st, 2019
Rat Queens #17 continues the trend of introducing more changes and development for our leading ladies, while also bringing forth a new antagonist.
Rat Queens #17 Is Bringing on the Changes
The Rat Queens have been facing a lot of changes of late. If you’ve been following the reboot of the series, then you’ve already seen what they’ve gone through. But it would seem that their journey isn’t over just yet. Rat Queens #17 changes a lot of facts we had taken for granted. It challenges our perspective of each of the main characters, while also putting them on a course for character growth. It’s an intense issue, with lots of light banter to carry us through.
It’s been interesting seeing what Ryan Ferrier has been doing with the series, now that he’s taken over for Kurtis J. Wiebe. The latter’s influence is still showing through in the series…but it’s changing at the same time.
Ferrier has been taking some risks with the cast, especially as of late. On the whole, I think these risks have been paying off. Though I’ll be honest, I don’t know what the long term plan is, or where our queens are going to end up.
Rat Queens #17 is building upon the plot introduced in the last issue, while also weaving in a lot of subplots. Some were started earlier, which I’m happy to see come up again. Others are new and dare I say unexpected? Though the twists are appreciated.
I’m still not sure how I feel about this new antagonist. On the bright side, this issue actually did address that a little bit by having our queens comment on his abilities and strength, by putting it in comparison to the Rat Queens they were, versus the Rat Queens they are now. So at least they’re rather self-aware, at the moment.
The artwork for Rat Queens #17 was brilliant. Priscilla Petraites was the lead artist, while Marco Lesko provided the colors. Together they brought us a bright and dynamic set of artwork to support the plot.
There were some panels and designs I loved in particular. Most of these moments involved character designs (either new or altered) or the color palette itself. For the sake of spoilers, I won’t say much more than that. But if you’re curious, a hint can be spotted on the cover of this issue. A rather pink hint.
I also think they did an excellent job rendering expressions. There was more than one moment in this issue where a Rat Queen was expected to show a lot of emotion, and they nailed it.
Rat Queens #17 was an interesting issue, on the whole. I’m enjoying some of the risks they’ve been taking with storytelling, even though I’m still not sure how permanent some of these changes and risks will be. I think many fans out there feel the same way.
This issue is clearly setting up for a longer and more involved plot. Much like the last dangerous plot the Rat Queens faced, I’m sure there will be long-lasting effects from everything they see and do. And I’m looking forward to seeing that journey.
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