Title: Rat Queens Vol 3
Author: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Tamra Bonvillain and Tess Fowler
Genre: Graphic Novel
Synopsis: Having survived the end of the world, the Queens follow Hannah back to where it all began: Mage University. A long perilous journey awaits the Rat Queens as they attempt to find out what happened to Hannah’s father while battling their own demons.
I know now that this volume had some controversy because of the artist and art was changed but really that is not what bothered me about this novel. Yes, the art was different and I preferred the previous volumes but the main problem with this third installment was that is was not needed.
When writing an over arching storyline one has to make sure you have enough material to warrant more issues and I feel that this plot was contrite and… weird. The characters did not behave like themselves, they were much less likable than they were in the past and truly it left me with a strange feeling of detachment… as if I were reading fanfiction about a really great previous story.
Needless to say this was a disappointment. Our plot follows that perfect ending of volume 2, the Queens tag along with Hannah to her home in order to solve the mystery of her dad’s disappearance. Essentially, this is that story but told in what I felt was an incoherent manner. The girls were bitchy towards one another, some of them possibly possessed. You’re left not really know what it happening with Hannah and speaking of Hannah – I felt a good change in her as Volume 2 concluded, she opened up herself to a relationship with Sawyer and he’s not even mentioned in this volume. It wasn’t just Hannah, even Dee was strange and that nice bond they had with one another felt removed in this issue with is essentially what unraveled the plot.
Honestly, I’m not sure I will continue this series, if you’ve been interested in this, I recommend you stop at volume 2, it ends great and it satisfies.