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Rat Queens Volume 3: Demons Paperback – April 19, 2016
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The first two volumes were fairly tight stories with character growth and depth. The main story line here, such that it was, was just a big prelude to the next book ... which would have been fine if they hadn't spent 50% of the pages on little side stories that neither progressed the plot nor helped you understand the characters more. Not to mention all the time building up a character, making him important to the Queens, then killing him off screen. The entire thing just felt like the authors were adding filler because they didn't know what to do with the story at this point.
Also not helping is the switch in artists. The new art isn't bad but it really doesn't match the style of the story. Gone are the hard angles, detailed backgrounds and focus on the character's expressions. In its place are big eyes, big boobs and blurry smears. The artist is obviously skilled but that overly rounded, almost cell-sharded art is not what I expected under a Rat Queen's title.
In this case you should judge the book by its cover, cause that's exactly what you get with this book and it's a shame.
This third chapter, however, is lacking in some of the things I loved most in its predecessors: character growth, as well as short story level action mingling with a contrary devotion to depth despite the short binding. In Demons, however, the whole overarching story seems to have stumbled into "middle book" syndrome, feeling like the whole thing is a build to something else. Despite a quick-paced intro that sets the ground for huge events to come, the story at large never really stands on its own two feet. It felt like filler, honestly, and even big moments were undercut by a swiftness that felt almost like...needless rush. Nothing was resolved, and certain events felt like they were happening "just because"--not for a purpose.
Unlike many, the artist change didn't particularly trip me up. I noticed the switch in artistic form, of course, but it didn't detract anything from the work. Had it been the form its readers had first been introduced to, I doubt it should have become the explosive issue it has become in some circles. The art is different, but it's fine.
The sharp humor is still there. Whatever qualms I have with the direction of story, the language remains wittily on point. I may have tripped a little bit getting through this chapter, but I'm still looking forward to future adventures--I just hope the hiatus isn't too long lasting! I'm chomping at the bit for more of that energy that first captivated me, and I still believe in Wiebe's ability to deliver it.
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