By Christine Marie Vinciquarra
I feel like I've been waiting a century to read a new issue of Rat Queens. Realistically, it's only been around two and a half months since their last release. When I found out that #8 was coming out on Wednesday, I pretty much skipped into the comic book store. I then promptly placed it at the top of the large stack of comics I bought, and immediately read it when I got home. My first thoughts: "Dear Kurtis J. Wiebe, why do you torture me?" No, not the good kind of suspenseful torture that I like to complain about, but actually enjoy, this is the bad kind of torture.
[*Spoilers for Issue #8 of Rat Queens below!]
This is the kind of torture that makes me feel like a deflated balloon because the issue was such a disappointment. The previous issue ended with a gigantic monstrosity headed straight for the people of Palisade. It was a major cliffhanger! Obviously, I was expecting to pick up this issue and see some intense Rat Queens versus crazy Kraken/Cthulhu looking monster battle scene.
Instead, we got yanked out of the action all together and thrown into a "walk down memory lane" with Violet. Now, I'm not saying I don't enjoy a good dose of "let's see which woman can grow the best beard," because I do and Roc Upchurch illustrates them well. It's just, I'd much prefer for those scenes to feature more of the Rat Queens. I don't mind getting to know these characters and their back-stories, but I feel like Wiebe could have done it in a much more subtle way. Sprinkle a few scenes in here and there, but give us some present day scenes as well.
If you're a huge fan of Violet's character and would like to experience some of her family life, then this issue will make you happy. However, you should not go into expecting the normal tone this comic book usually has. The last page of the issue gives me hope that #9 will bring us back to the Rat Queens we all love, but I hope there isn't a huge gap between releases again. Maybe I'm being too harsh, but I hope Wiebe brings back the action and quirky humor next month. I miss it so.
Rat Queens Issue #8 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.