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Review – Rat Queens #23 (Image Comics)

Rat Queens #23 (Image Comics) cover (detail) by Priscilla Petraites and Marco Lesko
  • Writing - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Art - 8/10
    8/10
  • Overall - 7.75/10
    7.8/10

Rat Queens #23

Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artists: Moritat, Casey Silver
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Maturity Rating: M
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: November 25th, 2020

The Rat Queens are about to get sucked into another adventure in Rat Queens #23, one that is going to be trippy and insane, all in one.

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A Trippy, Yet Balanced Adventure in Rat Queens #23

The Rat Queens have faced many strange adventures and creatures over their two series. But none like what they’re about to face in Rat Queens #23. This is a fun side quest, so to speak, while the real danger still lurks in the background.

Rat Queens #23 (Image Comics) cover by Priscilla Petraites and Marco Lesko
Rat Queens #23 (Image Comics) cover by Priscilla Petraites and Marco Lesko

This issue goes hand and hand with all of the calamity and chaos caused in the previous adventure. Naturally, there are a few major twists—and implications—to be found within these pages. There’s no such thing as a day off for these Rat Queens.

Writing

Rat Queens #23 is a chaotic adventure. But it also feels very different from the rest of the chaotic adventures that these ladies have faced. It’s trippy and very quirky, while having a whole lot of fun in the process.

Ryan Ferrier‘s imagination truly ran wild here, and it shows. Everything starts out looking like it’ll head in one direction, but it very quickly takes a dive off the deep end. A dive well-suited for these heroines, to say the least.

This is one of those issues that will make readers laugh out loud, exclaim in curiosity, and then double back looking for details. It’s crazy and fun, all rolled into one. While that description could be applied to the whole of the series, it is an apt description for this issue in particular.

On a small note, I’m still thrilled that Maddie is playing a role in the Rat Queens, while very much still missing the dwarf whose place she took. Likewise, the subplots surrounding Dee and Hannah have been fascinating, and I hope they will be explored in further detail soon.

The conclusion to this issue changes the entire tone, though perhaps not in the way expected. It brings everything full circle, and raises plenty of questions about what will happen next. It’s going to be a long wait for Rat Queens #24.

Art

The artwork within Rat Queens #23 is every bit as chaotic and trippy as the writing itself. It’s bold and vibrant when needed, and terrifyingly dark in other places. It’s full of humor, laughter, and action, but that’s only the beginning.

Moritat and Casey Silver were the two leading artists for this issue, as with the last one as well. You can tell that they had a lot of fun setting the scene for this latest plot. Little details keep popping up, like a detailed border (which hints at something specific), creeping details in the background, and over-the-top expressions perfect for our characters. It’s also full of intentionally gross details, as well as a few surprise panels (where styles seemed to almost change for a moment). 

The colors are ever-shifting in this issue and, given everything that’s going on, it’s actually perfect. I won’t say more than that, because this is a reveal that you do not want spoiled. But it really does enhance the whole story.

Finally, the lettering was done by Ryan Ferrier (also the author of this issue, as you might have noticed). There are a few moments in particular where the lettering really has a bit of fun, at the expense of some background characters.

Conclusion

Rat Queens #23 is a fun and quirky adventure, one that is reminiscent of an old adventure that this crew had. Only, it is also very much different from that time, as our heroines have new developments to contend with at the same time. It’ll be interesting to see how they move on from here, and what will happen to them next.


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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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