Rat Queens #5

Rat Queens #5

Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe Artist: Roc Upchurch Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 26, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 7
9.5Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

"Gold, Guts and Grog," Part Five
Well, Palisade has seen better days. It stinks like orc blood. There are bits of troll all over the place. Worst of all, the famous booze ship, Drowned Sorrows, sank to the bottom of the harbor in the attack. This era of Palisade will forever be known as THE DRY SPELL.

  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Feb 26, 2014

    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 Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Feb 25, 2014

    Simply put, if youre not reading Rat Queens right now, youre doing it wrong.  A fantastically original title that has developed an astounding cult following after just five issues.  Drama, humour, gore, sex-based jokes?  What more could you possibly want from a comic?  Buy Rat Queens. Now.  You owe it to yourself. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - David Hinspeter Feb 26, 2014

    This issue was one that speaks to masterful timing. This series has been comical and action packed, which is enough to keep a reader occupied, but not forever. By hinting at the past and entwining relationships into the story, everything has taken on a new depth and more interest. This has become a comic not only worth reading, but truly riveting, and absolutely worth every penny. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Will Hessling Mar 1, 2014

    So yeah, character development and all that, but it's also genuinely fun to read. I'd like to mention an example, maybe of one specific character moment that shows what I mean, but the entire issue is filled with so many I can't choose just one. What I love about this series is the balance between all the cast members. There are great moments for your favorite, whomever that may be, and great interactions between them if you love them all. Character is what drives the series, whether they are battling or mixing drinks. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Samantha Cross Feb 26, 2014

    "This book lets me engage it on my own terms." Couldn't have put it any better, Dee. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Joey Caswell Feb 26, 2014

    Alright, I think we all know by now that Rat Queens is a perfect comic book. Month after month, this relatively new series has blown us away with its exciting story, lovable characters, and hilarious jokes. Both Wiebe and Upchurch definitely executed every aspect of issue #5 with perfection. Swords and sorcery, drugs and comedy, this one has it all! The hints of backstory weve started to get on the Rat Queens themselves have been quite interesting, and the brief glimpse in this issue was particularly intriguing. After all of the excitement and laughter, the book still manages to close with a mysterious hook for the next arc. If youre still not reading this series, what the heck are you waiting for?! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Mar 2, 2014

    Its no wonder that the first two issues of the series flew off the shelves. Rat Queens is continuing to provide fresh, exciting story month after month and this issue is possibly the best so far. With this arc of the story coming to a close, I cant wait to see where Weibe and Upchurch take us next. Rat Queens #5 gets a fitting 5 out of 5 stars from me. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Feb 26, 2014

    Rat Queens is officially a hit. It's a big party and we're all invited. I have no idea how any of us will get through two months of no Rat Queens but I'm sure there's enough liquor to help us. If you aren't reading Rat Queens then you need to get your head checked ASAP. This is the best series Image is putting out and one of the best on shelves now. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson Feb 25, 2014

    Rat Queenscontinues to be one of the most fun books, Image or otherwise, on the stands each month. This issue really starts to dig into the past of the characters, their life outlooks, and their general personas. Plus, you get some sweet, bloody action. If you're not readingRat Queens, you're not living life properly. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Rhodes Review - Stephen W Rhodes Mar 5, 2014

    The best way to describe Rat Queens #5 is with the old phrase, "Work Hard, Play Hard". The first half focuses on the Rat Queens working hard at eliminating the orc and troll threat to the city, while the second half focuses on the Rat Queens playing hard in celebration of their victory. Both halves are very enjoyable for different reasons: first cool action and then hilarity. There was one thing that I didn't get: the tagline. I didn't see anything about a sinking ship in the issue. I don't think I missed anything, so that's kind of confusing. Anyway, Rat Queens' first story arc is over, and I loved it from page one. I can't wait to see where Rat Queens goes in the next arc! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Feb 26, 2014

    As mentioned, there can't be enough praise about Upchurch here. He's not only given each Rat Queen her own distinguishing look, but also goes along well with their voice and expressions, which are on a Kevin Maguire sort of level. Betty's smirk to Dee's eyebrow raising, everyone feels real here and it's a wonder why this book doesn't have a bigger following. True, despite Upchurch's animated look to this world and characters, it's far from an all-ages title, but fantasy fans looking for something fun and different from cape escapades should hunt down Rat Queens #5. It's a perfect jumping-on point for this rowdy and surprisingly touching book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Mar 3, 2014

    It was a mistake not to be reading Wiebe and Upchurch's "Rat Queens" from go, a mistake I have now corrected, and you should too. "Rat Queens" is joyously violent and violently joyous. It's awesome, and I'm in, terrible name be damned. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Max Delgado Feb 25, 2014

    Rat Queens is simply one of the best books out there. And it should be for a while. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 27, 2014

    Unfortunately, it'll be several months before the next chapter of Rat Queens hits the stands. Take the opportunity to get caught up on this quirky gem if you haven't already. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Lenny Wojt Feb 25, 2014

    My problem with this issue, while it is minor it is still major is the lack of a recap or character page. I get it; the majority of fans have been around since issue #1. They know whos who. But new readers dont. They need a source to go to get basic, minimal information to help them get up to speed. I know these characters personalities more than their names, which is great but I should still know their names. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Bree Ogden Feb 27, 2014

    The brute force of Wiebes signature wit combined with Upchurchs flawless art and inexorable paneling make for a quick pace and tremendously entertaining read. Though Ive never found the fantasy world of dragons, ogres, and wizardry to hold much appeal, the way this comic is presented is universally palatable. I lapped it up and seriously cannot wait to continue my feast. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Feb 28, 2014

    With a very clear and fun identity and a superb balance between the interesting elements that compose this series, this issue brings a great load of entertainment and some solid artwork. In all, it's very good. Read Full Review

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