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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Rat Queens #5

February 26th, 2014 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Art by Roc Upchurch
Published by Shadowline/Image Comics

When we last left the Rat Queens, they were in the midst of an epic battle at the gates of Palisade against an angry clan of foes. In true Rat Queens fashion, it was a quick, bloody battle. When the blood had been spilled and the last combatant slain, what is the next thing an adventurer should do? Party, of course!

Kurtis Wiebe has started a really special series with Rat Queens and if you haven’t jumped on, you’re missing out on something incredible. Think of your favorite RPG or adventure tale and add on a heavy layer of super crude humor and a very odd type of charm, and you’ve got Rat Queens. This obviously a title for adults only, but beyond that it has something for everybody, especially if you’re looking for a good time in your comics!

Roc Upchurch will be on a TON of end of the year lists if he keeps up his stellar work on this series. Upchurch does all of the art (including the covers); besides lettering and writing he takes on the lion’s share of the workload which makes how great this book looks even more special. From the line work, to how expressive every characters, to how insanely badass the action sequences are; Roc’s work on this book is incredible!

You should be reading this series if you haven’t already started it! Think of the best game of D & D that’s ever been played, then think of playing it totally drunk and that’s the tone Rat Queens has set for itself. While it’s still early in the run, Wiebe and Upchurch have established themselves as one of the top creative teams in comics that, by the end of the year (bold prediction time!), will be mentioned alongside teams like Snyder and Capullo or Fraction and Zdarsky! This book is just a damn good time!

5 out of 5 nerds


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