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Review – Rat Queens #20 (Image Comics)

Rat Queens #20 (Image Comics) cover (detail) by Priscilla Petraites
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Rat Queens #20

Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Priscilla Petraites
Colorist: Marco Lesko
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Publisher: Image Comics
Maturity Rating: M
Release Date: December 11th, 2019

Rat Queens #20 follows the destruction and devastation left behind in the previous issue. How will our Queens get back together, and what will happen next? This issue answers those concerns while increasing them tenfold.

 

Decisions, Declarations, and Damages in Rat Queens #20

Rat Queens #19 was an issue that took our breath away and left fans concerned for the fate of the series. And then Rat Queens #20 came along, and it simultaneously soothed our wounds and inflamed them all over again. The last issue put fans through a lot of heartache and stress. And we knew that it wasn’t all over—after all, there was one major concern still lingering in the air. This issue is that direct follow-up in every way that matters.

Who would have ever dreamed on the day that everything would fall to the Rat Queens’ newest recruit? What she’s had to face is comparable to everything the rest of her sisters have gone up against. And it earned her place among the team.

Writing

Rat Queens #20 (Image Comics) cover by Priscilla Petraites
Rat Queens #20 (Image Comics) cover by Priscilla Petraites

Rat Queens #20 was a dynamic and fast-paced issue. And really, it had to be, given the circumstances. There was a whole lot of ground to cover, courtesy of the previous issue. And that meant they very quickly had to give fans some answers, and some resolutions.

It’s been fascinating to see what Ryan Ferrier has been doing with the Rat Queens. Their journey has been full of changes as of late, and those changes come with a lot of risks. It’s been really enjoyable getting to read a series that wasn’t afraid to take a risk here and there.

What happened in Rat Queens #20 was expected in some ways, and completely unpredictable in others. The logic that flowed from these pages made sense, while still weaving a path that was surprising for the readers.

It’s hard to express how much happened in this issue, without risking spoilers. Let’s just say that several things moved forward at once. The end result was a plot that was resolved, while something much larger was revealed.

Art

Rat Queens #20 was full of intense scenes, brilliant artwork, and intricate scenarios. In short, it made for a visually stunning piece. And the artwork was the ideal support structure for this heavy and evolving plot.

Priscilla Petraites has been the lead artist for a while now. You can really see her influence taking over. The way she draws the Rat Queens has helped bring about several changes. And now she’s gotten her hands on a returning character, and I’ve got to say: I love the redesign.

Meanwhile, Marco Lesko’s colors were divine. They were bright and vibrant, which is really quite perfect given how much magic was being flung around. I’ve always loved the portrayal of bright magic, even when the type of magic being used is quite literally dark. And finally, Ferrier was also the one in charge of the lettering, which worked out quite well in this case. The lettering is bold, and yet, unobtrusive.

Conclusion

Rat Queens #19 made several promises to the readers, even if we didn’t realize it at the time. Among those promises was a resolution to everything we just saw happen. Rat Queens #20 stepped up and delivered upon all of those promises—and then some. And it looks like our team is in for a whole new series of adventures in the very near future.


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