With the worldbuilding done in the last volume and by minimising the humour this excellent volume is pretty much all seat-of-the-pants action and drama. The origin stories for some of the characters are inserted in an innovative and unexpected way and you are coming to truly love this amazing bunch of misfits. There are a lot of opportunities for them to develop and reveal the complexities and nuances of their characters.
The art is strong and distinctive but not without niggles. There are a few blank backgrounds early on, which for a digital artist is inexcusable. There is also a good fight scene that is rendered hard to follow by the panel order changing between pages. But the style is very bold with a lot of risk taking in terms of layout and bordering and the characters are adorable.
This definitely cements Rat Queens as a must buy and I can’t wait for the next volume.