08/20/15 | by Marcus Orchard
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Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Tess Fowler
Rat Queens is finally back after a small hiatus and another change in the artistic team. The departure of Stjepan Sejic came suddenly, as it hasn’t even been an entire arc since Upchurch left the title. Fortunately, Rat Queens is still in good hands with Tess Fowler and Tamra Bonvillain stepping in to draw our favorite characters in Palisade.
Fans of the series shouldn’t be surprised by the art style, as Tess Fowler did the art for the Braga special last year. That being said, this is the first issue that we get a good look at the Rat Queens, and some of the differences in the characters can admittedly be a little a jarring. This is to be expected from a change in artistic talent, and isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Most readers found themselves experiencing the same thing when Sejic took over, but it didn’t take long for readers to warm up the style that fit the arc so perfectly. There’s little doubt that readers will do the same thing here, especially because the characters look so great despite the small changes in their facial features and troublesome grins. This style feels closer to the first arc of Rat Queens, which might mean that the story might shift back into the light-hearted (yet still brutal) style we saw when the series was first introduced.
As far as writing goes, nothing has changed. Kurtis J. Wiebe continues to craft a funny story with solid actions and plenty of antics. The Queens find themselves in yet another awkward situation as they are captured and being prepared to be eaten. Of course, this small moment is simply a bridge to the bigger storyline, which seems to be centered on Hannah and her father. Unfortunately a few jokes fall flat in this issue, which is uncharacteristic in this series, but there are still a fair amount of laughs to be had too.
It’s good to have Rat Queens back and any doubts about the art are quickly hushed. There are minor inconsistencies but these can all be easily overlooked. Hopefully Tess Fowler will be able to stick around for a while, because this style marks the return of the Rat Queens looking fun again. This isn’t the strongest issue of the series, but it’s a solid reminder that one of the best comics Image has to offer is back and here to stay.
Story - 7.5
Characters - 8.5
Art - 8.5
Rat Queens is back with a great new artist and plenty of jokes.