Rat Queens #12
Written by Kurtis J Wiebe
Art by Tess Fowler
Colors by Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by Ed Brisson
Published by Image Comics
Kudos to Tess Fowler on her wonderful cover for issue #12, which acts as prelude for the issue with a single bit of apt imagery–Betty, in the place of Bilbo Baggins, stealing candy from a dragon she is unaware of. Similarly, this issue shows our ever confident Rat Queens questing towards Mage University and finding more in the shadows than they are prepared to face. While that sounds rather ominous, the humor remains and is foregrounded in a story of increasing gravitas.
Issue #12 continues the new narrative arc, opening with a drunk Violet adventuring to the potty. Her call to battle–“To the shitter, my Rat Queens!”–encompasses the crude humor Wiebe instills in these warrior women, and part of why they so delightfully break the gender stereotypes of most comics. Returning to her room, she finds the door locked. Kicking it down, she interrupts the attempted assassination of Betty. Violet flexes drunken warrior bravado, but finds her physical prowess somewhat diminished to comical effect–farce employed by a badly aimed dagger and a deadpan reaction of “Balls.” Still, the assassin realizes this isn’t her moment and makes an escape, putting the “ass” back in assassin by gassing our heroes.
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