This year, Image Comics asked, “WHAT’S NEXT?” and answered that question with a bevy of new releases that went on to instant sell-outs, week after week. This week is no different, as RAT QUEENS, a series that mixes high fantasy with short tempers and a party-centric lifestyle, has sold out at the distributor level and will be going back to press for a second printing.
RAT QUEENS #1, written by Kurtis Wiebe with art by Roc Upchurch, has debuted to thunderous applause. The response from fans, press, and fellow creators has been overwhelming. Fans and creators took to social media to spread word of the intensely relatable humor and high level of craft on display in RAT QUEENS, and the press did their part with a number of glowing reviews.
“Think Sex & the City meets Lord of the Rings. Yes, it’s that weird. And yes, it’s that awesome.”
– Blake Northcott, CBS/Man Cave Daily
“The lead characters are crude, rough and tumble females who party, take drugs, eat candy, and kick the crap out of anybody who crosses their path. In other words, this is one awesome comic book.”
– Benjamin Bailey, IGN
“A real paradigm-shifter.”
– Vanessa Gabriel, Girls Gone Geek
“From character design to layout, from dialogue to environment; every element of this new title lends to its feeling of novelty. Even the eye-catching logo and title design addthe singular effect of rock-and-roll fantasy.”
– Sam LeBas, Multiversity Comics
“It’s a really entertaining comic book that manages to capture the spirit of tabletop gaming without making fun of that experience”
– Forrest C. Helvie, Newsarama
“Upchurch’s art makes what is already a fantastic idea and great story a truly engaging and fantastic comic.”
– Leo Johnson, Stash My Comics