Rat Queens #6

by F.D. White on May 06, 2014

Written by: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Art by: Roc Upchurch

Rat Queens’ first arc was a beautiful thing: hilarious, heartwarming, and just plain foul at times. It’s a one of a kind comic. I was late to the game and bought the first trade paperback when I fell in love it. Then I went back and bought all of the monthly issues online because I needed to have them. Now that I’m up to date, it’s time for the second arc. Will it live up to the level of quality set by previous issues? I’m happy to say of course it fucking does.

Just as hysterical as ever, Rat Queens starts off the morning after their wicked celebration party. As usual, we get lots of great banter between Vi, Betty, Dee, and Hannah. The issue moves at a solid pace picking up the strands from the previous arc. There’s a few pacing issues as the series seems to never take a break. I had to back and read a few pages to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. The one major difference between this issue and previous ones is that it’s already setting me up for sadness. Whereas the first arc was generally a happy-go-lucky affair, Rat Queens #6 is slowly letting the reader get prepared for what will most likely be a much darker and sadder story arc.

Sadness aside, everything else is the same old Rat Queens, for better or best. Roc Upchuch’s art is solid as ever, althought there are moments that made me think that this issue was rushed out the door. Some pages are missing backgrounds and I can’t tell if that was a stylistic choice or not. Other than that small gripe he knocks it out of the park. I’ve always loved the diversity of characters in this book and it’s mostly thanks to Upchurch’s excellent abilities.

Issue #6 ends with a crazy moment that literally had my mouth drop. It’s set up is familiar and you’ll sense the creeping dread on the page, but when the reveal happens I expect you’ll be just as surprised as I was. I can’t wait for the next issue.

F.D. White wishes he could be a Rat Queen. You can follow him @fdwhite19

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