Hey Rat Queens fans, have you been itching for a fix? I know I have, so thank goodness Rat Queens Special Braga #1 was released. From Image Comics, written by Kurtis Wiebe with art by Tess Fowler, the story follows secondary character, Braga, who has been featured in a few of the normal Rat Queens issues. You might question what interest you would have in a secondary character in a series that has been leaving us hanging for months, but I insist that you pick this special issue up. What lies inside is much more than a story about an orc. Wiebe writes an incredibly heartfelt, emotional script about the journey Braga goes through to get to her current day situation.
For those of you who don't know, Braga is a transgender character. This issue takes us through her past as, Broog, Prince of her people, and shows us how she didn't want to take her father's place as Chieftain. The plot is very intense, complete with epic battle scenes, and family conflict that will make your jaw drop. The scenes that feature Broog's dear friend Kiruk really impacted my reading experience in a positive way. Their relationship is the highlight of Braga's past, and it's written in a very endearing way.
Tess Fowler's art is beautiful, despite the dark and gory nature of the story. I particularly loved the way the battle scenes were arranged and drawn. Another highlight for me, was the page that displayed Broog and Kiruk having a race on giant dog-like animals. The landscapes behind them had a watercolor feel that was very alluring. Overall, Rat Queens Special: Braga #1 is a powerful issue, and I feel very attached to her character. I can only hope that the spotlight will focus on Braga in another issue sometime in the future.
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.