Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I read the first volume of Rat Queens last year, and immediately fell in love with it. It pushed all my feelgood buttons: strong female characters, irreverence, humor, unapologetic sexuality, cool art. This second volume continues in the same vein, even with the sudden switch in artists (due to the domestic violence arrest of the original inker). The new artist, Stjephan Sejic, has a leaner, more stripped down style. I think I prefer the brighter colors of volume 1, but given the darker turn of this story, the new palette is probably appropriate.
What I really enjoyed about this installment is the focus on the characters. We have extended backstories on Violet (actually seeing her with her beard) and Hannah (who we find out is the daughter of a demon, also getting an answer as to why she wears her hair so funky). Dee, or Delilah, discovers that her family's god (the titular N'Rygoth) really exists, and is far more of a monster than a being that ought to be worshipped. (In the end, she ends up the High Priestess of said god, which promises to be an exciting storyline for her. I hope the writer does it justice.)
The humor, quips and puns is not quite so prominent in this volume, given the darker storyline. I'm sure some people will miss that, but there is enough here to satisfy, especially given the greater depth to the characters. In any event, I'm looking forward to the next volume.
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