5 Skull Review: “Rat Queens” #7

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Last issue it was revealed that a grieving Gerrig is the latest threat to Palisade when he blinded Bernadette and kidnapped Sawyer and now, with the help of Dee’s estranged husband Kiah, we now know what he plans to do and how.  In this issue Lola gets some serious ass-kicking spotlight and a great deal of Dee’s history is discussed, as well as the most epic cliffhanger to date.  As expected, “Rat Queens” #7 doesn’t miss a beat.

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WRITTEN BY: Kurtis J. Wiebe
ART BY: Roc Upchurch
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: #3.50
RELEASE: July 16, 2014

Reviewed By Epic Switzer

This issue delivers everything you love about “Rat Queens” and then some.  The characters are as true to themselves, the action is brisk and exciting, the dialogue is tight, everything about it is just perfect.  Before I go into detail, if you are reading “Rat Queens”, continue enjoying.  If you are not, what the fuck?  This is the most fun you’ll have reading a comic book all month, so get on it stupid.

There are no throwaway characters in this book, and Kiah is no exception.  Functioning primarily in a expository capacity, Wiebe still masterfully gives him life and depth.  Likewise, Gerrig is a worthy adversary and easily the most dangerous threat the Rat Queens have faced.  The pacing of this series is remarkable in that the stakes continue to raise without sacrificing the charm, relationships, or character building.  This is one of the most digestible and well crafted books on shelves.

There are no throwaway characters in this book, and Kiah is no exception.  Functioning primarily in a expository capacity, Wiebe still masterfully gives him life and depth.  Likewise, Gerrig is a worthy adversary and easily the most dangerous threat the Rat Queens have faced.  The pacing of this series is remarkable in that the stakes continue to raise without sacrificing the charm, relationships, or character building.  This is both one of the most digestible and well crafted books on shelves.

Half of the charm and class of this book is due to artist Roc Upchurch.  By way of comparison, there is a lot of Francis Manipul and even some Gabriel Rodriguez in the style and panelling, which incidentally are two of my favorite artists.  Upchurch can put a peppermint candy-person and a curb stomp in the same book and make both look appropriate and delightful.  I’m really digging the ceremonial death mask Garrig is wearing and the Cthulhu monster. I can’t wait to see more of both.

It’s sometimes hard to talk about a book that is consistently perfect.  I’ll continue to discuss the elements I was really drawn to each month, but for this book in particular I think it would be really cool to get some discussion going.  Leave a comment at the bottom about whatever you’d like and then come back next month to keep the conversation going.  I could write 500 words every month about how great it is, but this book really deserves some dialogue.  I look forward to hearing what you think.

Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

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