Rat Queens #6

Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe Artist: Roc Upchurch Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 7, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 5
8.9Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

A brand new booze-soaked arc of Rat Queens reveals a growing menace within the very walls of Palisade. And while Dee may have run from her past, the bloated, blood-feasting sky god N'rygoth never really lets his children stray too far.

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Samantha Cross May 7, 2014

    Roc Upchurch's art continues to be top-notch. The issue shows a veritable playground of artistry ranging from brief nudity, Mushroom People, badass shots of Sawyer in the rain, and, oh yeah, some really messed up panels that will make your eyes bleed while you gag! We're venturing into some new territory and I'm pretty sure this issue is only giving us a taste of what's yet to come. And that is a disturbing thought. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Neil Rodriguez May 7, 2014

    Overall, Rat Queens is still a solid book that although it starts a new arc, it didn't feel that way at all. The book still delivers in great storytelling, humor and character development and as the last arc, I am all in for this arc. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - David Hinspeter May 12, 2014

    Rat Queens might be my favorite comic on the market right now, which is saying a lot as I am both an avid fan of Moon Knight and Iron Fist from Marvel. The constant laughs, intense and visceral combat, and raw emotional moments make this an excellent story. And all of that, before the intrigue of the Merchant Guild Mage and all of the Rat Queen's sordid pasts. This book has the staying power in both art and story, and I'll be reading it right up until the end. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Max Delgado May 6, 2014

    Rat Queens keeps hitting it out of the park. If you want guts, magic, and a lovely overdose of femme fatale, go grab this thing today. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson May 6, 2014

    There is so much love in this issue and there is so much hate. (And a lot of Gary bashing. Poor Gary.) More than any issue, #6 truly shows us that the girls are a family. You know that shit saying, blood is thicker than water? Well, Rat Queens shows us that water is thicker than steel alloy, and these girls are bound by it. They would cease to exist without even just one of them, which means the stakes are high and Wiebe knows it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Capeless Crusader - Alex Smith May 6, 2014

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  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho May 8, 2014

    Rat Queens #6 is a great start to the second arc. Gary as always is awful and Dee finally gets the spotlight. The dialogue is sharp, snarky, witty and totally hilarious. If you're not aboard the Rat Queens train then it's time to hop on. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie May 8, 2014

    While Wiebe bounces between vulgarity and hilarity with a dash of Gary mixed in for good measure, he also takes time to continue show cracks in the faade each of his Queens maintains for the public, thereby revealing aspects of their insecurities and personal lives. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Rhodes Review - Stephen W Rhodes May 16, 2014

    It's another solid outing forRat Queens. They step things up in the weird factor this time, especially with the last panel, but the rest of the equation (booze, blood, etc.) remains the same. Weird is a good thing, so don't misunderstand me. The weirder the better. The plot for this issue and the new arc is interesting, but this continues to be a character-driven series. Some of the best stories out there use that same formula and it works well. Keep the story simple and write good characters. That's whatRat Queens does. I don't think thatI've mentioned the art since the first review, but I love the art style. I just wanted to reiterate that. Great issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Ashley Victoria Robinson May 9, 2014

    Rat Queens #6 comes to stands with the pedigree of all five issues that came before and it is nothing short of well deserved. There are so many things here to like and it not only behooves you to read this issue, but, for continuitys sake, everything that came before. Get yourself into the Rat Queens mythology. Youll thank me for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jeff Lake May 8, 2014

    Though issue #6 is mostly set up for the next arc, writer Kurtis Wiebe yet again manages to deftly marry over-the-top action and depraved hilarity with genuine character beats. On art, Roc Upchurch's kinetic style continues to dazzle, his characterization seemingly better with each panel. Basically, only a Gary would miss this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White May 8, 2014

    All in all, fans of the series won't be disappointed; this is another great issue of "Rat Queens", with all the swagger and nuance we've come to expect from the title. Newcomers might want to pick up the trade paperback, though; there's a lot of backstory here that it wouldn't hurt to catch up on. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt May 6, 2014

    If you're not yet caught up on this great book, grab the trade of the first arc, called "Sass & Sorcery" for less than ten bucks at retailers, and jump on board in time for this new arc. You'll be happy you did. It's the most fun book with swords and drugs there is. 'Nuff said. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd May 7, 2014

    Just as life is not divided into “very special episodes” focusing on each character, Wiebe does an excellent job of slowly releasing the tidbits and drama of each character slowly over the series. It's enough to make you feel for each one and yet vague enough to keep you guessing and wanting to roll the dice to see what happens next. Some of those dramatic reveals for the Queen of quiet, Dee lays ahead in this issue, as well as the fate of a “terrible old hag” who set the girls up in the first arc. And of course, the bigger threat introduced at the end of the first volume grows.The sex, drugs and foul humor continue for those who are willing to cut loose and rock out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts May 7, 2014

    With its certain style of R-rated antics and, at times, extreme violence, Rat Queens obviously isn't for everybody. Wiebe's writing style is both hysterical and entertaining, and while it might be weird to see a contemporary vernacular used in such a grand, fantastic setting, it's all part of the book's charm and appeal. I was certainly late to the game coming into this title, but I hope you don't make that same mistake. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Todd Frazier May 7, 2014

    This issue is a good starting point for any reader who may be familiar with Rat Queens through word of mouth or for those just finishing up the first trade paperback. This issue has appeal for both fantasy fans and fans of comedic action without being pandering or sophomoric. Wiebe and Upchurch have crafted an excellent beginning to the second story arc without sacrificing the fun that made the first story arc such a fun read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - fdwhite May 6, 2014

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Backwards Compatible - Paul Fiander Jul 29, 2014

    The second season/arc can be a difficult thing for any creator to land. From this beginning the creation team look like they know where they are going and better still have the support cast to make the Rat Queens become a established property. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon May 9, 2014

    While not everything comes together in a satisfying way, Wiebe and Upchurch still deliver all the charm that made Rat Queens such a hit. The leading ladies are always a joy to read as they navigate their way through the chaos they find themselves in (or cause). Dee, my personal favorite Queen, is now poised to play a much more prominent role in this story, which I welcome with open arms. Theres a few touching moments, a handful of creepy scenes and a ton of laughs. Rat Queens #6 is light on the action, which is a shame considering the amount of energy Upchurchs art brings to the series, but his reaction shots serve the story well. The book is still good, it is just having trouble gracefully widening its scope. Read Full Review

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