Squid Monsters, distorted memories, the four Daves, Gerrig on a power spree…hm, what more could a girl want in this newest episode of Rat Queens! Issue 9 kicks off the action with Hannah recalling a time on the town with her mother. During a tender moment [SERIOUS SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!] we witness her mother being stabbed through the back and Hannah wrenched away by…wait, floating tentacles? Indeed, this issue is full of surprises and irregularity. Why you may ask? Well, its simple: Gerrig, a power hungry jerk hell-bent on tearing Palisades to shreds, has managed to summon Dee’s god to the mortal plane. It just so happens that this particular entity’s minions feed off of distorting reality and those within. What does this mean for the reader?
Wellll… where should I start? Hannah flip flops between coitus with Sawyer, the death of her mother and the “end of days” reality she is truly faced with. Orc Dave’s beard frolicking blue birds turn into red birds of wrath and start terrorizing local Orcs (it’s actually pretty amusing). Dee and her “Husband” struggle to find a spell that will work against a deity they worship and Betty…Betty thinks that Braga’s back pack is a dungeon. It’s all rather natural. Y’know, just your usual day in the life of the Rat Queens.
Truly this is a very entertaining read. The artwork is splendid (as always) and the humor is bountiful. For those Sawyer fans out there you get to see a lot of half naked Sawyer, chained to a make shift crucifix, fighting the good fight. OK, so he’s not fighting but he is trying to reason with Gerrig. While it is a noble notion it’s rather futile because we all know that Gerrig is just one of those villains who will punch first and interrogate later. A maniac down to his evil little toes.
I encourage those who have not started reading this series to do so. The tone is adult so parents: keep your books away OR read them with your kids so you can explain the activities to your comfort (I was raised in an informational household but I wouldn’t recommend this comic to anyone under ten). If you prefer comics laced with artistry then look no further! The Rat Queens is really one of those well balanced series. Humorous: check. Lovely rendering: check. Entertaining plot line: check. Interesting characters: whammy! Be sure to check this series out online or in your local comic store. It’s worth the time it takes to read it.
Rat Queens #9 is now available from Image Comics.