Vagrant Queen: Volume 1 is a rip-roaring adventure across space, presenting a badass queen who has been on the run from revolutionaries for most of her life. From the start, we see her fighting her way through villains and foes, working like a master to keep her freedom. I love how powerful the main character is. She never backs down from a fight and is always able to hold her own. The instance of her donning a smile before taking down a whole group of robots is a testament to how much she rocks.
The history of her planet is pretty interesting. This is a world ruled for a thousand years by a single family. Their origins have been forgotten by many, but one man seeks to steal the artifact that made them rulers in the first place. Where once the people worshipped them like gods, the royal family eventually finds themselves deposed by revolution and replaced by a parliamentary government. There are clearly many secrets to be found in the royal family’s past and I hope future issues delve deeper into them.
The artwork shines during the fight scenes. Large panels show a classic fighting style, illustrated in a stunning variety of color schemes. I always enjoy the inclusion of the classic fighting noise bubbles, and there’s no shortage of them. The wonders of space are rendered brilliantly by the artist from front to back.
Vagrant Queen is a series that’s chock-full of science fiction adventure. With space stations, interstellar chases, and intrigue around every corner, this is sure to be a series that continues to entertain.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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