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Flapjacks Are Happiness: Rat Queens #6!

Written by Tim Midura on Friday, May 09 2014 and posted in Reviews

Flapjacks Are Happiness: Rat Queens #6!

The Rat Queens deal with hangovers and vandalism, while Sawyer gets to the bottom of Bernadette's disappearance.

After a two month hiatus, Rat Queens is back with the new arc, The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth! From Image Comics comes the latest installment by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch. The cover by Upchurch features all four Rat Queens performing as a band.
Recovering from the huge party at the end of issue five, the Rat Queens are called to the Mayor’s office regarding damages to a statue’s specific appendage, before getting sent off on another quest. Meanwhile, Sawyer is off hunting down Bernadette’s kidnappers. 
The use of the Garys as a punching bag hasn’t gotten old yet. Wiebe also gets to continue to show Betty’s playful side as she picks mushrooms instead of fighting. I like that after fully establishing the world, we’re starting to delve into more character-driven stories, with the addition of Mezikiah.
Roc Upchurch takes a very cinematic approach to his art-style, with background characters and scenery being slightly out of focus. He isn’t afraid to work outside panel borders either, and it helps the images pop off the page. He’s an absolute master of facial expressions, highlighted by the page where Sawyer meets Gerrig, ranging from confusion to disgust. 
Similar to Skullkickers, Rat Queens has the best parts of sword and sorcery action, with humor mixed in. We get to see the Rat Queens grow as a unit and see Sawyer come into his own. This is a perfect point for new readers to jump on board. Although you don’t have to have read the first arc, I highly recommend it.
P.S. The last panel is utterly creepy.


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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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