Rat Queens #6 Review

Posted November 21, 2017 by Chad Waller in Comic Books

Written by: Kurtis J. Wiebe

Art by: Owen Gieni

Publisher: Image Comics

The problem with reviewing books I actively read and actively like is I run out of things to say. Rat Queens is back–hooray!–but it’s also more Rat Queens. This is a good thing, yet it’s not an interesting thing. As a consumer, it makes me happy: It’s a book I’m excited for. As a critic, it makes me type introductions like this one in the vague hope that I’m one word closer to being done with the review.

Yeah, I dislike this as much as you do.

Rat Queens #6 dials back the comedy a bit in favor of some character development. I’m of two minds here. On the one hand, character development is good, and the cast here certainly deserves it. They’re way more interesting than their surface levels of drinking, stabbing, and goofy jokes. On the other hand, I’m really just here for the surface levels of drinking, stabbing, and goofy jokes. Call me immature, but Betty getting stoned is more fun than Betty asking a serious hypothetical question that dives into the psyche of everyone around her. I mean yeah, that in itself is kind of funny, but the answers veer into mood-killing territory.

Well, until Dee starts going on about vibrating wands and masturbation. You can’t go wrong with that.

All of this is to say that Kurtis handles his characters with finesse, and by the end of the book, his character introspection/development pays off. In a way, it’s a good thing, even if I prefer different. This is the first issue of a new adventure, and given that it starts out with day drinking and Betty’s friend getting lost on some stoner quest, I think keeping that tone from start to finish would have been a bit better. Let the serious stuff come next month.

That being said, there are plenty of jokes to be found, and by the end we hit what might be a reference to Konosuba, which is pretty rad. The book delivers on what I want, it just takes a three or four page sabbatical in between.

On the art front, Owen gets to play around with some shifts in style near the end. I don’t want to spoil too much, but let’s just say things get a bit Cuphead. Or to not sound like a tool, old-school Mickey Mouse. It’s a great trip and it comes with its own set of jokes that land really well. I appreciate the variety–strangely enough, moreso here than when I Hate Fairyland did it a six or so issues ago. Remember that? It was cool, yet it didn’t quite jive. Trying too hard, perhaps.

Anyhow, Rat Queens is back, which is a great thing. The book remains funny, charming, and way smarter than it has any right to be. Also vibrating wands and masturbation.

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Chad Waller

Chad Waller is the cofounder of Dual Wield Software, a two-man video game company that just published The Land of Glass on Steam. You should check it out! You can follow him on Twitter @DualWieldSoft and find his company page on Facebook with a quick search.