Review – Rat Queens Special: Swamp Romp (Image Comics)

  • Writing - 8/10
  • Art - 9/10
  • Overall - 8.5/10
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Rat Queens Special: Swamp Romp

Creator: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Priscilla Petraites
Colorist: Marco Lesko
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Released: April 10th, 2019
Publisher: Image Comics
Maturity Rating: M

The Rat Queens are off on another side quest in the Rat Queens Special: Swamp Romp. As one can expect from the cover alone…they’ve managed to get themselves into an interesting situation.



Hilarity Ensures in Rat Queens Special: Swamp Romp

When you think Rat Queens, you probably don’t think of a fun romp through the swamp, right? I’m sure the characters would certainly hope that’s not the case, at least. Yet here we are with another Rat Queens special, with a side job that results in exactly that.

Rat Queens Special: Swamp Romp is one of those issues that shows how perfectly they can balance character development, humor, inane moments, and action. It’s not an easy trick, but the series has done a decent job of it so far.

This issue brings the Rat Queens team we’ve all come to know and love together again. And yes, that does include Braga (Braga fans rejoice!).


Ryan Ferrier was in charge of the writing for Rat Queens Special: Swamp Romp, and you can see his unique writing style coming into play. This issue has all of the chaos that I’ve come to expect from

Rat Queens Special: Swamp Romp (one-shot) (Image Comics) Cover Art Priscilla Petraites
Rat Queens Special: Swamp Romp (one-shot) (Image Comics) Cover Art Priscilla Petraites

the Rat Queens, plus an extra touch of some inane humor. It actually balanced out the issue better than expected.

The plot arc in this issue had a lot of quirks to it, and I mean that in a good way. It was whimsical but in a dark and twisted sense. Ferrier took the classic myth of unicorns and gave it the Rat Queens treatment, essentially.

Violet and Betty arguably had the most interesting arcs in this issue, but for completely different reasons. Both events shined with the inane humor I mentioned earlier. Meanwhile, the conclusion of the issue felt perfect for our girls.

I would like to give bonus points here. In the last issue of Rat Queens, something happened to one of the characters. It was one of those moments where they could make it permanent, or they could fix the situation through magic or something else. They opted to go with the permanency. This issue held up that choice, which I am endlessly pleased about. It adds more weight to the series and what happens within it.


The art for Rat Queens Special: Swamp Romp is priceless. If you take a look at the cover you’ll know exactly what I mean. The cover is a perfect example of both the artwork and the humor inside. Side note: please take a closer look at what Braga is doing.

Priscilla Petraites was the artist for this issue. She definitely draws the Rat Queens in a more flattering light than some of the other artists. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing though. If anything the juxtaposition just added to the insanity of this issue.

Marco Lesko was the colorist for this issue, and I absolutely adore what he did here. There were the stereotypical swamp colors of course, but it was the shading and other details that really sold it. Such as the speckling on the unicorns – it immediately indicated that something was off, at least for me.


Rat Queens Special: Swamp Romp was a hilarious issue, and absolutely worth the read. It probably shouldn’t be read by new fans though, as a lot of it might not make sense. Then again, the Rat Queens don’t always need to make sense, do they? Though unicorn fans might want to consider avoiding this issue…(again, look at the cover).

The inane humor in this issue was pure perfection. The Rat Queens have always been a little crazy and a lot funny, but here it’s taken to whole new levels. I hope to see more of this sort of humor in the future.


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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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