Kurtis Wiebe presents a raucous romp as the women find that coming home brings no sense of comfort.
Rat Queens #15 finishes out the “Demons” arc with revelations and character rebirth, all driven by the question: demon or Queen? At the heart of this is a he said/she said retelling of how Hannah got kicked out of Mage University that ends with miscommunication and missteps. This final issue of the arc slams the reader in the best narrative ways and puts an emotional cap on what has been a stellar arc by Wiebe.
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 “Demons” arc, of which this is part three, has been literally and figuratively exploring the demons tormenting the Rat Queens. The literal demons tear at their flesh. The metaphorical demons of the past tear at their minds and hearts. In part three, Hannah and Dee are reunited with loved ones while Violet and Betty’s R&R time lacks relaxation.
Kudos to Stjepan Šejic on his wonderful cover for issue #12, which acts as prelude for the issue at hand 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.
Rat Queens Special: Braga #1 Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe Art: Tess Fowler Letters: Ed Brisson Edits: Laura Tavishati Troll Boy: Jim Valentino Publisher: Image Comics Purchase: https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/rat-queens-special-braga-1 You may have felt it: that odd hole in your heart. Like a tiny piece of you has gone missing. You may have noticed that you’re not alone. Almost …