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Review – Rat Queens #22 (Image Comics)

Rat Queens #22 (Image Comics) cover (detail) by Priscilla Petraites and Marco Lesko
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  • Art - 8/10
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  • Overall - 8/10
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Rat Queens #22

Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Moritat
Colorist: Casey Silver
Maturity Rating: M
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: October 21st, 2020

After a brief break, the Rat Queens are back, and with a new story arc in Rat Queens #22. Fun, chaos, and danger is building up once again for this dynamic team.

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A Romping Time in Rat Queens #22

After a brief break, the chaotic crew known as the Rat Queens are back! Rat Queens #22 comes bearing a new plot arc, as well as a new creative team. Moritat and Casey Silver have stepped up to provide the artwork for this latest adventure.

Rat Queens #22 (Image Comics) cover by Priscilla Petraites and Marco Lesko
Rat Queens #22 (Image Comics) cover by Priscilla Petraites and Marco Lesko

What follows is a blend of hilarious chaos and heavy foreshadowing. It’s the sort of combination that can only be found with a crew such as the Rat Queens. And with good reason. At least they can have a bit of fun, before things get too serious.

Writing

As mentioned above, Rat Queens #22 is a little bit funny and entertaining, and a little bit concerning. While the core of the plot is focused on the chaos that comes from a new creature running amok, there’s an undertone that cannot be ignored.

The balance here has been finely crafted by Ryan Ferrier. It gives the impression that this is a moment he has been waiting for, and that there is so much more to come in the future. So I would advise enjoying this little jaunt for what it is before the world gets dark once again.

While this is the new arc, it’s good to see that elements developed beforehand have not been dropped. Maddie is still wonderfully present, Betty is still sober (and not always happy about it), Dee still afraid of her powers, and Hannah is, well…she’s still Hannah, and that means she’s still keeping secrets.

That is merely the framework for this issue, as there is lots going on. It’s one of those issues that is probably worth a second read-through, to make sure that all of the details are picked up on.

Art

The new artistic team for Rat Queens #22 is already having a bit of fun; that much is as clear as day. Casey Silver and Moritat have teamed up, and the result is an issue that dives into the humor, while relishing all of the secrets of the world.

The characters may have changed a little, but only because of the style change. Overall, said style change is actually well suited to the series, and I’m looking forward to seeing more adventures from it.

What is brilliant about the current style is that it lends well to both the humorous side of the Rat Queens and the more serious side as well. That can sometimes be a tough balance, but it is one that has been struck here.

The colors are bold and fun, but make great use of earthy tones to help make it all pop. Though have no doubt, there are some scenes that are full to the brim of colors (and lots of other details as well).

Conclusion

Rat Queens #22 was quick to provide two plots, one lighter and more entertaining, and the other carrying heavy implications. The combination is more than a little bit concerning! It leaves at least this reader hoping for only a month-long wait for the next issue in the series.

Regardless, it is going to be interesting to see how things go from here—both on the lighter, and the darker, side of things. Anybody placing bets on how much chaos will ensue before everything comes out into the open?

 


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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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