Rat Queens #14
Written by Kurtis J Wiebe
Art by Tess Fowler
Cover by Stjepan Šejic
Colors by Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by Ed Brisson
Edits by Laura Tavishati
Published by Image Comics on December 30, 2015
This bravura issue is everything one has come to want and expect from the penultimate entry in a Rat Queens arc. All the pieces are now in place to have a truly climactic finale: backstories and secrets are revealed while new discoveries create ever rising action. The cliff-hanger and cover preview for January’s issue left me tied in knots.
The cover brilliantly presents the metafictional construct of this series. Our four Rat Queens, based on classic D&D character types, sit around an inn table playing a variation of D&D. They display a range of emotions–Hannah livid at a negative turn of events, Dee (here the DeeM–har!) apprehensively waiting to continue the narrative, Betty smiling casually and Violet heartily laughing at Hannah’s outburst. Similarly in the issue’s narrative, Dee and Hannah have the more serious parts while Betty and Violet supply the comic turns.
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I don’t normally bother with spoiler warnings, but this is an issue you’ll want to enjoy the surprises of. Read it first.