Rat Queens Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch
Published by Image Comics on May 6th, 2015
Genres: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Romance
This booze-soaked second volume of RAT QUEENS reveals a growing menace within the very walls of Palisade. And while Dee may have run from her past, the bloated, blood-feasting sky god N’rygoth never really lets his children stray too far.
Collects RAT QUEENS #6-10
It picks up where the first volume ends and also gives a ton of back stories of all the main girls before they met each other. With heavy essence on Dee this time around we get to really learn more about her and her people.
We continue to have a strong female cast of badass mercenaries as the story pushes forward. They take no crap from the men, and know how to kick some serious butt. They flaunt their sexuality and don’t conform to the female ideology of how females should act and behave.
I love that they all embody strong feminist personalities and don’t rely on men to come save the day. I feel like as the years go on, people are becoming more and more accepting of this.
STORYLINE / HIGH FANTASY
Kurtis J. Wiebe strikes again with another great storyline. This time around he dives deeper into the pasts of the girls and begins to develop their character all while propelling the story in a fantastic direction. Violet’s story arc of coming into her own and defining for herself what it means to be a dwarf woman is seriously inspiring.As awesome as Violet is, Hannah is clearly the star of the show. The mage has the most dialogue and general page space of all the Rat Queens, so I guess it’s not surprising that she has the most compelling back-story thus far. Her heritage, her magic usage, her emotional baggage…well. In the words of Mean Girls: that’s why her hair’s so big, it’s full of secrets!
Dee, wayward cleric of the god N’rygoth, remains my favorite. What can I say? I love a bookworm who can kick some serious ass. I look forward to a more fleshed-out character arc for Betty, since she’s the least-developed so far. Her drug and candy fueled antics are hilarious, but they don’t really add much to the story.
I’m sorry to say that I have no dislikes for this volume. I though everything was well fleshed out and the pacing flowed nicely from beginning to end. I hope to see even better things in the next volume.
Rat Queens Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Rock Upchurch is a fantastic graphic novel and awesome sequel in the series. Whether you’re a noobie graphic novel reader or a veteran, there is much to like with this one.
I can’t wait to see what Wiebe has in store for us next. I am thoroughly looking forward to it. If you have read this volume, let me know what you thought of it down below. Do we share any of the same sentiments?
Until next time,
Never satisfied with a specific style of writing, Kurtis has branched out to novels, videogames and screenplays. He spends his days at home, writing about the mad things that float around his brain, and occasionally escapes to various cities around North America to promote his projects.