Rat Queens, Vol. 4: High Fantasies

Rat Queens, Vol. 4: High FantasiesRat Queens, Vol. 4: High Fantasies by Kurtis J. Wiebe
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Book Type: Graphic Novel
Length: 128 pages

An incredibly large disappointment.

First, let me explain that the disappointment isn’t really with the story as a standalone issue. The story in the volume is basic, not up to the other ones, but we all sometimes don’t get a home run.

My problems are the changes since Volume 3 and how it hurts not only this story, but the universe.

1. The art… I realize that they have a new artist with all the circumstances around the original artist. However, the art style itself is not something I like, too busy, too rough, and in my opinion not able to portray the story as well. I completely realize that art is subjective, so that means it wouldn’t stop me from enjoying it. Just not my favorite.

The rest is slightly spoilery, not of the story but of everything else.

Edit Note: The author is now posting that Volume 3 and 4 are connected, however until I see that the review below still stands.

2. The soft reboot of the universe. What this means is they totally gloss over volume 3. Hannah going bad… didn’t happen. Hannah’s father being dead, didn’t happen. Violet shaving off her beard (or not even acknowledging having had it. Hannah hating the Queens, didn’t happen.

I normally don’t tell too many spoilers, unfortunately I wish someone had told me this before I bought the book. Not that I wouldn’t have bought the book, rather at least I would be prepared. Fortunately my husband read it before me so I had some warning, but not enough.

My problem is the erasure of all the investment that readers had put into the story. I realize the author might have written himself into a corner, or perhaps he wanted to veer back, but to basically erase the third volume (and elements of the first two) is frustrating. In addition the story wasn’t as good this time, so it wasn’t even that it was soft rebooted for a better story.

That being said, the author has gotten so much good will from me that I will buy the next one and see how I feel. Either way though, I can’t give this comic more than 2 stars.

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