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Rat Queens Begins New Quest in March With New Artist

Sometimes your campaign doesn't go as planned and a re-roll is necessary to revive the quest. A similar fate awaits "Rat Queens," the celebrated Image Comics series that's experienced behind-the-scenes controversy.

Writer Kurtis J. Wiebe has announced the fan-favorite fantasy comic will return in March with a new No. 1 and a new artist, Owen Gieni ("Manifest Destiny," "Shutter"). Wiebe emphasized that the relaunch, which takes place months after the events of Vol. 3, is "not a full reboot, just a fresh restart."

 

Rat Queens #1 Cover by new series artist @owengieni! Our new arc is called "Cat Kings and Other Gary's." And it's weird fun. March 1st 2017 pic.twitter.com/8Klqbb3WYB

— Kurtis Wiebe (@kurtisjwiebe) November 17, 2016

The comic launched in 2013 from /Shadowline, and soon became hit, with readers responding to what Wiebe has described as "'Lord of the Rings' meets 'Bridesmaids.'" In a genre dominated by male protagonists, the series' female heroes struck a chord with fans and critics alike, earning an Eisner Award and a GLAAD Media Award.

However, artist Roc Upchurch left "Rat Queens" with Issue 8, following his 2014 arrest on charges of domestic dispute. Issues 9 and 10 were were drawn by Stjepan Sejic ("Witchblade"), who then left the comic due to health concerns. He was then replaced by Tess Fowler and Tamra Bonvillain. The title went on hiatus with Issue 16, amid charges by Fowler that she was "pushed out" by Wiebe to make room for Upchurch's planned return to comics; Wiebe denied the accusation.

"Rat Queens" #1 is scheduled for release on March 1.

(via Newsarama)

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