By Christine Marie Vinciquarra
Mushroom people? Who doesn't love a comic with mushroom people in it? I know I do, but I'll get to that later. After finishing the main story arc in Volume One, I couldn't wait to see where Kurtis J. Wiebe was going to take the plot. I hoped that it would have the same fun and sassy feel despite the inevitable chaos that was bound to take place, and I was very pleased with the result. Roc Upchurch's illustrations continued to make me feel like I was transported to a different era where humans and fantastical creatures could come together on the page at any moment.
We start off with the aftermath of a raging party in Rat Queens Issue #6. Wiebe gives us a realistic look into what the Queens might go through the morning after a crazy night. Even looking at the first page of the issue, we can see the differences between each one of the Queens after party experiences. I think that this makes the characters incredibly relatable, and that's one of the reasons Rat Queens is so popular. It is ever so clear that these girls are more than just a team protecting the streets of Palisade. They are a family, for better or for worse. They know how to fight hard, party big, and call each other out on their questionable behavior when they think something is up. They may not always see eye to eye, but at the end of the day they will always protect one another.
Then there are the mushroom people. I found this to be a hilarious addition to the plot in this issue. I absolutely loved it. The mayor sends the Queens off on a mission to destroy a village of these comical looking creatures. The best part of this scene is Betty eating their remains. She continues to be my favorite character. Her childlike charm combined with her hilarious dialogue makes her an unforgettable Hippy Smidgen Thief. So, while I said that the relatable characters are one reason Rat Queens is so popular, I think another reason is random things like mushroom people being thrown into the mix. Wiebe knows how to take realistic situations and merge them with fantasy in a way that makes this comic addictive and highly entertaining. It keeps you on your toes.
A few crazy twists take place throughout the issue as well, but I won't spoil them here. Overall, I think this issue is laying down the building blocks for some epic things to take place down the line. Do yourself a favor and pick up issue # 6 of Rat Queens. It's a great series filled with unique characters guaranteed to make you laugh. Issue #7 of Rat Queens releases on July 9th.
Rat Queens Issue #6 from Image Comics is written by Kurtis J. Wiebe, with art by Roc Upchurch.
Christine Marie Vinciquarra is a writer and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. Some of her favorite things include: Batgirl, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Saga, Game of Thrones (the books and the show), Johnny Depp, and all things Disney. She spends her weekends feeding her competitive side while she plays tabletop and/or video games with her husband and friends. She is currently working on a series of young adult fantasy novels. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.