Rat Queens is a new series from Image Comics by author Kurtis Wiebe and artist Roc Upchurch. Simply put, this book is pure magic. It blends the feel of Dungeons & Dragons with raunchy humor and gory violence. This book is everything I ever could have wished for.
Writer Kurtis Wiebe (Peter Panzerfaust, Green Wake) manages to write one of the best first issues that I’ve read in a long time. The problem that I sometimes face with an introductory issue is that the author has so much to do within the confines of a single issue; they have to introduce the cast of characters, build a whole new world for said characters to live in, and introduce the story. Nine times out of ten the issue either feels too condensed and rushed, or not enough info is given to draw the reader in for the next month. Somehow, Wiebe manages to blow my expectations out of the water with this first issue. He finds a way to build a likeable and compelling cast of characters, with each character getting good page time. Basing the main characters on classic role-playing classes, Wiebe makes Rat Queens feel like a dungeon run with your best friends manifested in comic book form. This book is seriously funny too. You might think that sex jokes and drug references might seem out of place in a world where goblins steal treasure and hide in caves, but Wiebe merges the off-color humor seamlessly. Seeing a halfling, or a Smidgen in this world, take a bundle of shrooms before scouting a goblin cave is one of the best things I’ve read in comics in a while.
Roc Upchurch, owner of one of the coolest names in the industry, does an amazing job on this book. His characters spark with life and depth. His almost cartooney style helps make the book feel lighthearted and fun, even when a giant goblin is squashing a ninja assassin into a bloody pulp. He creates a whole new world that feels and looks familiar, but at the same time I want to see so much more of what this world has to offer. Just thinking about all the different races and places that Upchurch could potentially draw throughout this series has me crazy with excitement.
Rat Queens #1 is a stellar first issue that builds an exciting and hilarious new world and introduces some really endearing characters.
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Tyler Olson is a writer and reviewer for PopCulture Galaxy. You can contact him on Twitter @TylerSchmolson or email him at TylerOlson619@gmail.com
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