When last we left our intrepid adventurers (wow, that sounded like a Pokemon intro…) Dee, Hannah and Violet were drowning themselves in alcohol as their friendly, neighborhood smidgen tucked herself into bed. Rat Queens #12 picks up on the edge of the cliff Kurtis Wiebe (honored writer of this comic series) left his readers hanging from: Betty facing her possible death at the hands of one majorly pissed off smidgen, Violet, irate that the door to her bedroom is locked and kicking it in. One cry from the fun loving, drug peddling, knife wielding halfling-esque Betty sends Violet into a fit of rage resulting in some very humorous antics and the eventual departure of Betty’s attacker. That’s just a preview of the drama, excitement, intrigue and wonder that this issue of Rat Queens has to offer its readers.
In classic Rat Queens style, each of the strong, independent and morally ambiguous women faces an obstacle (in this issue, some face several obstacles) that drives them to the bleak edges of reality. Adventure aboundsalong with some really bad weather conditions (seriously, I would not want to be an extra in this comic). Artist Tess Fowler does a splendid job capturing the emotional struggles that Dee, Hannah, Violet and Betty encounter in this tale. Her ability to squeeze sympathy, pity and compassion out of her readers is astounding; I am also rather impressed with Tess’s composition and layout skills. The art alone makes the book worthwhile.
Artistry aside, what happens to the Rat Queens? Will they survive their latest trial? More importantly: Is Violet ever going to shave her beard? In order to find out, visit your local shop or go online to Image Comics and grab the latest issue of this sultry, dramatic, and ever so fantastic series!