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Rat Queens #6

Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Roc Upchurch
Reviewer: Aitch Cee

If you have not followed this book from issue 1, then you are missing on yet another sleeper hit coming out of Image comics. Kurt and Roc has made this book a great recommendation for anyone into RPGs and fun. From the outset, you would think a lot of women would be outraged at the portrayal of the characters in this book but, the biggest supporters of this book are the women!

Starting with this issue, things are not so stabby stabby, as Kurtis sets up a brand new storyline we find out a little more about who is sleeping with whom and Dee’s past catches up to her in the very last pages of the book. I really enjoyed that Kurtis knows how to develop the chemistry between the girls as shown when Hannah and Betty have a talk about Hannah necromancy abilities exhibited in the last issue. We also find out what Bernadine was up to and things aren’t always what they seem to be when looking it in the eyes.

Roc’s art, as always, kills in this book and it’s no different here. I really can’t say any more than to say that Kurtis and Roc complement each other well in the telling of this story and that is why I like this as much as I like Chew because you see the synergy between writer and artist.
So again, if you haven’t already, get the trade and then grab six. You won’t be disappointed.
5 out of 5 stars

Cyclops #1

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Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Russell Dauterman
Reviewer: Oz Longworth Jr. or Oh Captain My Captain
Okay, although he’s a somewhat high profile character in the X-Universe lately, I get that nobody really asked for a Cyclops solo title. I mean, after all, there are already two ongoing X-titles that are at least partially about Scott Summers as it is (Fun Fact: Wolverine is two more titles away from winning a free Subway sandwich himself). Still, when you have top notch talent working on the book like Greg Rucka, who has been hitting it out of the park lately with Lazarus, it definitely deserves some consideration.

During the “Trial of Jean Grey” crossover in All New X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy, Young Cyclops found out that his father, thought dead in a plane crash, is not only alive but a swashbuckling space pirate. The book picks up where our hero does what any teenage boy would do after finding out their dad is a charming space rogue: He leaves home to go with him. Most of the issue is dedicated to Scott adjusting to life among the stars but also wrestling with whether or not he made the right decision to leave. This sets up what looks to be an interesting study of the character because, for him, it isn’t just a son making up for lost time with his father. He’s seen the man he becomes and that man is a first class dick. This is the story of a kid who, on many levels, is his own second chance at not ruining his life. Rucka really gets Cyclops and his father in particular. Corsair is genuinely guilt ridden with the knowledge of not being there for his son and is unsure of whether or not he has the necessary tools to be a proper father. At the same time, he’s never mopey or angsty. Even at his most uncertain moments, he’s a charming Nathan Fillion-ish type. Cyclops is the earnest, clean cut, all-American boy next door old school fans remember, but still as self conscious and wide-eyed as a kid should be. Art-wise, Russell Dauterman makes space look GOOD. He really plays with colors and textures so that even when characters are just floating around in the void for certain panels, your eyes never really get bored. Character designs are all as fun as you’d expect from a story about a crew made most of aliens and a pet…umm….something.

Bottom Line: A fantastic start to a story with so much potential. Fans who have missed the pre-Avengers vs. X-Men Cyclops should run…not walk…to pick this up

. 4 out of 5.

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Armand is a husband, father, and life long comics fan. A devoted fan of Batman and the Valiant Universe he loves writing for PCU, when he's not running his mouth on the PCU podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @armandmhill
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