Review – Rat Queens #19 (Image Comics)

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Rat Queens #19

Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Priscilla Petraites
Colorist: Marco Lesko
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Publisher: Image Comics
Maturity Rating: M
Release Date: October 23rd, 2019

Rat Queens #19 brings our heroines back to Palisade, and they’re ready for battle. But will things go as planned?


Time for a Confrontation in Rat Queens #19

If you’ve been reading Rat Queens as of late, then you know that there have been a lot of changes going on. And it all seems to have led us to this point in Rat Queens #19. This was a dramatic issue, bringing about both more change and addressing what has already occurred.

Last we saw, the Rat Queens were on a quest to free Palisade of a new sort of evil. You see, the city has been overrun by a total jerk, one who has made his vendetta against the Rat Queens his top priority.

And that’s where this issue begins, with our girls ready to take their town back. Or so they’re hoping, at any rate. But you know this crew: nothing ever seems to go quite as planned. The real question is, how bad is it going to get before they manage to resolve it?


Rat Queens #19 (Image Comics) cover by Priscilla Petraites
Rat Queens #19 (Image Comics) cover by Priscilla Petraites

Ryan Ferrier has not been afraid to make some extreme changes for our Rat Queens. And while our heroines may be struggling with those changes, I’ve got to admit that it’s made for an interesting few plot arcs. And this whole plot has clearly been building up to this moment.

Rat Queens #18 made a point of building up our girls, making them feel more confident and ready for this fight. It gave them back a lot of what they’d felt like they’d been missing. That might have resulted in fans thinking this whole issue was going to be one glorious boot-stomping issue.

And to be fair, there was quite a lot of that. Especially in the sass and monologue department. But there was a lot more to this issue. The tension was palpable, with a few heartbreaking or concerning moments that forced us to realize that our Rat Queens still have a long way to go on their journey.

Rat Queens #19 was a poignant reminder that the Rat Queens can always surprise the readers. It was intense, shocking, and emotional. And it’s only just begun. The end of this issue is certain to leave readers eager to get their hands on the next one.


Rat Queens #19 is an issue with a lot to look at. There’s some truly outstanding violence and gore, as well as some emotionally dynamic moments. In short, there’s a whole lot to write home about, when it comes to the visual elements of this issue.

Priscilla Petraites was the artist behind the lines and inks for this issue, so she should get the credit for how badass our heroines looked., and for how scrawny the enemy looked. His design was clearly intended to be in stark contrast to our leading characters, and it was an effective choice.

Meanwhile, Marco Lesko’s colors were simply to die for. He brought out so many amazing elements in Petraites’ work. The color palette for Rat Queens has always been lovely, but Lesko brought it to new levels in this issue.

And finally, Ferrier didn’t just write this issue, he also did the lettering. And you can tell that he had a little bit of fun with the sound effects, but it worked perfectly with what was happening.


Rat Queens #19 is perhaps the most emotional and shocking issue of the series. Name an emotion, and there’s a good chance this issue is going to compel you to feel that way at some point. It does make me wonder what we can expect from the next issue!




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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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