Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Graphic Novel
Length: 136 pages
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Rat Queens TP series
Source: eGalley through NetGalley.com
Rating: 5/5 stars
Okay I was a huge fan girl for the first Rat Queen’s book and this book doesn’t disappoint. I got this to review through NetGalley (and I was super super excited to get it). This book is full of just as much wonderful adventure fantasy, dirty jokes, and kicking butt as the first Rat Queens book was.
The Rat Queens are recovering from the blow-out of a party in the last book when something truly evil threatens the city of Palisade. Giant tentacles have descended from the sky and are making the Palisade residents relive pieces of their past. Also Sawyer has been kidnapped and Hannah will stop at nothing to save him (even though they’ve been a bit on again, off again as a couple).
I love everything about this series. The illustration is amazing, the high fantasy setting is spectacular, and the Rat Queens are just all that. This is an adult graphic novel series; there is a butt load of swearing, quite a bit of nudity and lots of substance abuse…but it’s all in good fun.
There are some pretty awesome parts in this installment. We get to see Hannah rescue the love of her life (maybe); it was great to see the damsel being the one doing the rescuing. We also get some great back story on the Rat Queens. My favorite back story followed Violet and the events in her life that ended with her joining the Rat Queens. I also really enjoyed seeing someone show up from Dee’s past as well.
There is a ton of action in here and a lot of story. My only complaint would be that when the tentacles attack they make the characters flash back into their past; this was kind of confusing until I figured out what was going on.
Overall this was another absolutely spectacular issue of Rat Queens. This is my favorite graphic novel series right now. I love the art, I love the characters, and I love the story. I would recommend to fantasy fans who enjoy strong female leads and don’t mind their fantasy dirty and gritty.