llustrated by Jason Smith, colored by Harry Saxon, lettered by Zakk Saam
Vagrant Queen is an interesting story about Elida, a runaway child queen turned outlaw. She is continuously hunted by the revolutionary Imperial forces that destroyed the monarchy. One of the hunters is a former count, now admiral, Lazaro, who is obsessed with finding a mind-controlling Bezoar that was made by Elida's family centuries ago. Along for the ride is Isaac, Elida's frenemy and adventure-buddy who is from a strange planet called Earth. Together, the two have to toppled Lazaro's plans to brainwash the entire kingdom of Arriopa.
This story was humorous and witty. I enjoy science-fiction and fantasy, and this had a bit of both. Elida is a strong female lead with a necessary amount of sass. Isaac got on my nerves as any turn-coat should, and Lazaro was actually decently smart for being a bad guy. The art is a little like Beevus and Butthead as characters have elongated faces. The action sequences are sometimes rough, but, overall, I thought the art fit the story rather well.
Vault doesn't have a rating on this title. There is a fair amount of cussing and F-bombs, and some realistic amount of gore - someone gets shot in the head, you'll see blood. There are some mentions of adult situations, like revisiting a prostitute, but nothing depicted on the page.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability level: Grades 11-12
This review was made possible with a digital reader copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Comicbooks, Science Fiction
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