By Christine Marie Vinciquarra
It's a rainy day in Palisade in Issue #7 of Rat Queens. The building blocks have been laid down, and now it's time for some climactic action. Kurtis J. Wiebe takes us to a dark and serious place this month, as opposed to the more playful issue last month. Roc Upchurch accompanies the storyline with a dark, rainy backdrop and a gloomy feel. All of the characters seem to have a distressed look about them, which adds a sense of impending doom.
[*Spoilers for Rat Queens #6 and #7 below!]
When we left of in Issue #6, Hannah had just encountered a very creepy-eyed Bernadette. I was happy to see that Issue #7 picked up at the same point we left off. I will say that the way their interaction turned out was unexpected. I was geared up for fight, and was surprised to see the exact opposite. This instance definitely revealed a softer side of Hannah, which made me like her character more than I already did. However, nothing can beat the comic relief provided by Betty. She's not featured a lot in this issue, but the scenes she is in are sure to put a smile on your face.
Dee plays an essential role in this month's issue. While I enjoy her character, I didn't find the scenes with her husband amusing. I found his character to be dry and serious. I mean it makes sense, because not everyone can be as awesome as the Rat Queens, but Dee is obviously way better than him. The initial conversation between the two of them slowed down the pace of the issue too much for me. I wanted to flip forward to the good stuff, because I knew he was there for more than just a visit. Luckily, the action picked up pretty quickly after he translated the incantations the Rat Queens stole a few issues back.
I think it's important to talk a little bit about Gerrig in this review. He may just be one of the more terrifying villains I've encountered in recent comics. He's clearly a ruthless character willing to stop at nothing to get what he wants. Wiebe gives us an up close look at how his plan for revenge is moving along, so be sure to mentally prepare yourself for that before picking up this issue. I was quite terrified and worried after reading it. With that said, I am anxiously awaiting Issue #8 to be released.
Rat Queens Issue #7 from Image Comics is written by Kurtis J. Wiebe, with art by Roc Upchurch.
Christine Marie Vinciquarra is a writer and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. Some of her favorite things include: Batgirl, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Saga, Game of Thrones (the books and the show), Johnny Depp, and all things Disney. She spends her weekends feeding her competitive side while she plays tabletop and/or video games with her husband and friends. She is currently working on a series of young adult fantasy novels. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.