Review: Rose # 3 (Pride Variant)

Image Comics is celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2017, and among their many forms of celebration are the Image and Skybound variant covers for LGBTQ Pride Month. Available only in stores, the variants celebrate the LGBTQ community and the progress made by the Gay Liberation movement. 100% of the proceeds from the Pride variant covers will be donated to Human Rights Campaign! And Geeks OUT is reviewing them all!

Ah... I sigh in satisfaction of another comic queer readers can identify with. Rose is a high fantasy series by writer Meredith Finch (Wonder Woman, Little Mermaid) and artist Ig Guara (Batman: Arkham Knight, Blue Beetle, The Ravagers) about a sword-wielding girl trying to bring some balance into her tumultuous world. Like many of us who identify as queer, Rose struggles with her identity after sensing her new inner power, feeling like she has to hide because society deems her power dangerous and unacceptable. She has inner battles, like many of us do, with claiming her personal power, with wishing she could just be "normal," and with doubting whether she'll ever really be able to make a difference.

The story so far has an X-Men-like energy, mixed with a feudalist world-building feel. Guardians, who have been all but wiped out because of their magic, have connections to the great Khats. These large panther-like creatures are their companions for life, but they are being hunted and annihilated. Swords, axes, and most importantly, those magical Khats, fill the pages with mystery, adventure, and a beauty the way only comics can. This society is in shambles because of the evil Drucilla, and Rose's new power could swing the balance in this epic war. She travels with Ila learning about her mentor's past, and learning more about her own powers in the process. In this issue, Rose finally finds her full power, and is challenged by Ila to use it to save their land. Will she accept the call? Will she find that she has her own Khat that she will bond with and that will fight alongside her against this great evil?

The third issue of this series is a great jumping-on point for new readers, so check it out!

The Pride variant of Rose #3 is available in comic books shops today!
Trish McNeely's picture
on June 14, 2017

Southern Appalachian Lesbian. Writer. Feminist. Avid Reader. Geek. Pokémon Fan. Sailor Moon Fan. Cowboy Bebop Fan. Strong Female Character Fan. Plaid and Argyle Anything Fan.