It’s been awhile since I have been able to sit down and review something for Nerdlocker; it’s good to be back! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This week I am reviewing Rat Queens #3 and Pretty Deadly #2!
I enjoyed what Kurtis created with Peter Panzerfaust and I have had Rat Queens on my reading list ever since he announced it on his website. I finally had the chance to sit down and read issue three; let’s get started!
I love that Rat Queens is this powerful group of maidens-for-hire. Kurtis made these quest loving gals fresh and unique. I feel that fantasy quest comics can become dull if they don’t have a little spice added to them; each of these characters are well defined and keep the issue interesting. It’s also a nice touch that the group has an elven mage, a dwarven fighter, a cleric, and thief, all basic necessities for a strong adventure group.
My only complaint is that I felt the issue jumped around a little. The flow was thrown off by the sudden environment changes and story jumps. It didn’t make me like the comic any less, but it was slightly jarring. Other than that small adjustment, I loved the adventurous tone and strong-willed personalities to figure out why the Merchant Guild is killing so many townsfolk.
This questing and adventurous comic felt modern and inventive. I loved it for a lot of the same reason I enjoy Skull Kickers, it’s witty, humorous, and keeps that kick-ass attitude.
I am giving Rat Queens 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
Pretty Deadly #2
Writer: Kelly Sue Deconnick
Artist: Emma Rios
Pretty Deadly opened its arms to me with adult content and graphic fight scenes. Adding to this strange recipe is a story-telling rabbit skeleton and its curious butterfly friend. Bunny is telling Butterfly the tale of the old west with the journey of two characters named Fox and Sissy.
To be honest I’m not quite sure what story I read. The art is very raw and grainy, which gives it a beautiful traditional quality, but as far as the story goes it was sporadic and puzzling. The mature content would have been made clear if the story followed it. The opening sexual scenario and over-the-top gory fight scenes felt unnecessary and forced. I am not sure why these characters are interacting the way that they are. Pretty Deadly tried to jam too much into these pages. Every page had a fight scene and I had no clue as to why they were battling. The distress and intensity came across, but the reason was unknown.
With this being issue two I can only say so much, but I am not sold on this story idea yet.
As of now I am giving Pretty Deadly 2 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
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