Category: Best Graphic Story
For a person like me who doesn’t play role playing games, the one single joke that Rat Queens comic by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch keeps repeating gets old pretty fast. I’ve spoken with RPG aficionados who enjoyed the comic enormously, but I honestly can’t see why they’re so excited. I didn’t like Rat Queens at all.
For me, Rat Queens feels like a second-rate Tank Girl imitation in a fantasy setting that ignores the things that really made Tank Girl work — being original, being anarchistic, being absurd, keeping the jokes tight (a consequence of being published in very short installments, I guess). The one thing Rat Queens has and Tank Girl doesn’t is the longer storyline. Too bad it’s uninteresting and goes nowhere.
The artwork by Roc Upchurch is beautiful, though. It’s my understanding that later on Upchurch got kicked out of the series after being arrested for domestic violence, but despite his troubling behaviour Upchurch seems to be a first-class comics artist. Three and a half of the five points I’m giving Rat Queens are there for the art.