Review – Rat Queens #21 (Image Comics)

  • Writing - 8/10
  • Art - 8.5/10
  • Overall - 8.25/10
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Rat Queens #21

Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Priscilla Petriates
Colorist: Marco Lesko
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Publisher: Image Comics
Released: March 25th, 2020
Maturity Rating: M

Rat Queens #21 brings us back the Rat Queens we love, after a brief break. They’re still moving forward, all while something dark and sinister is looming on the horizon.


Back in the Action in Rat Queens #21

After a short break, the Rat Queens are back and better than ever. Rat Queens #21 brings us back the dynamic ladies we love so much. And that means they’re about to get into even more trouble, as is their way of life.

The last several issues have brought with it many changes and plenty of things to concern both fans and Queens alike. Some are taking that better than others, but none of that will change what is surely on the horizon.


Rat Queens #21 (Image Comics) cover by Priscilla Petraites & Marco Lesko
Rat Queens #21 (Image Comics) cover by Priscilla Petraites & Marco Lesko

Rat Queens #21 is a dramatic and entertaining issue, finding the perfect balance between action, tension, and humor. This is an issue full to the brim of all of those elements, as well as a very strong dose of foreshadowing.

Ryan Ferrier put a lot of effort into planning the latest plot out, that much is immediately clear while reading this latest issue. That tension is ever-increasing, thanks to Hannah’s perspective in this issue.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Rat Queens seem to be content in being their usual selves. That is to say, they’re spending time together, having fun, and tackling monsters. It almost feels like business as usual. Almost.

There are many subtle notes and references made within these pages. As well as several major points that can not slide under the radar or be ignored. I can tell you with complete honesty that I don’t know where this plot is going to go, but I can’t wait to find out.


The artwork inside Rat Queens #21 is like a breath of fresh air. It is a feast for the eyes, full of complex scenes perfectly suited to carry this concerning plot. But with it is also a sense of liberation that can only be found in the Rat Queens‘ series.

Priscilla Petraites was the lead artist for this issue, and there is a lot to love about their work. This is an issue full of everything from gore to surprisingly musical and delicate scenes. You wouldn’t think that those two can go hand and hand, but you’d be wrong.

The introductory scene, in particular, is well done, with Madeline getting a chance to shine in a different light. There’s something so sweet about this scene. A fact that wouldn’t have been possible if not for the artwork at hand.

Marco Lesko was the colorist for this issue, and their colors really make the scene. The backdrops are stunning. The colors felt more important than ever in Hannah’s scenes, making certain elements all the more obvious.

Ferrier also provided the lettering as well as the writing, something that works very well for this series. The writing and placement are vital parts of any story. But it felt so much more important here, which is why I’m thrilled to see it done with such precision.


Rat Queens #21 is moving forward, with our Queens recovering from all that they’ve been through. For the most part – some of our ladies are doing better than others. That alone is enough to concern us about what is to come.

This issue did a brilliant job of setting the tone, all while giving us an adventure to enjoy in the meantime. I honestly can’t wait to see where this whole plot arc ends up leading, because it feels like it’s going to be a major one.




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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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