Queen Crab is insane on every possible level. I still can’t figure out if Jimmy Palmiotti is crazy for writing this book or if Image is even crazier for publishing it. Queen Crab has essentially no mainstream appeal. This is the kind of comic you would find in an art house publisher’s catalogue. There is very little violence and a storyline so bizarre, David Cronenberg would hesitate before adapting it to film. But regardless of the madness that this book packs, Queen Crab is a great piece of character work. Palmiotti has a real talent for crafting believable characters that live in the same dark and dismal world that we all must endure. Do not expect to find heroes in capes or anything blood soaked and action packed with this one. Instead, anticipate a deeply personal character study with one bat shit crazy twist.
The very talented Artiz Eiguren maintains a very controlled artistic presence throughout this comic. Queen Crab is a book that is very grounded in reality and the characters that shape it. That being said it is only fitting that the art gives very little in terms of fantastic violence or sensationalized character design.
Queen Crab is not a comic for everyone. Palmiotti and Eiguren created this story to reach deep inside of their readers. Every pain or horror that is presented in Queen Crab is disturbing based solely on the fact that they, on some level, could belong to any of us. If you feel like you are ready for that kind of reading experience, I say go for it. It’s one strange ride.