On the shelves this week from DC Comics, RWBY Chapter 6 continues the comic run of the well known Rooster Teeth franchise with our first look at the story beyond the character introductions.
RWBY Chapter 6 tells another tale of team RNJR’s adventures during their time together from the fourth season of the show. While this issue felt particularly short, it does bring a plot point back up that the animated series started, but hasn’t touched upon since — something to be handled by Ruby, Nora, Jaune, and Ren.
(RWBY Vol 3 spoilers ahead)
During the fall of Beacon, story antagonist Cinder Fall broadcasted the chaos across the world of Remnant, showing its populace a warped interpretation of what the students at Beacon Academy were being taught. Cinder claimed the students were being bred into child soldiers and killing machines, and all who watched the broadcast were shown a biased feed that only supported the statement.
RWBY viewers never really got to see the effects the broadcast had on the populace after the matter, only briefly when it is revealed that the nations were separated and communications between them were at a halt. RWBY Chapter 6 finally shows us the aftermath of Cinder’s broadcast among more common folk in the world of Remnant.
Though as a story it is a bit short and sweet, I will say Meghan Hetrick’s art is exceptional, detailing each character well in their design. What is even more worth noting, the fantastic and different redesign of the Manticore Grimm.
Still on the colors is Arif Prianto, who continues to do an amazing job maintaining the color themes for each character in their design, as well as giving the world a lush and vibrant palette. I feel Prianto understands the characters and world of RWBY very well, and I hope he stays for a long time to come.
Gabriela Downie continues the lettering in this issue, which is optimized and easy to digest, even for longer parts of dialogue the font and spacing are presented in a manner that’s not so intimidating and welcoming to anyone new to comics. Being that the target audience leans more towards RWBY fans who may not necessarily read comics often, this seems like a smart direction to take.
While I appreciate RWBY in a comic-book form and the stories being told are enjoyable, I do hope in the future there will be some continuous story arc established in these issues. As of right now, they do seem more inclined to tell short stories that are open and closed, but it’s only issue 6, so there’s still time to see where it goes. As a RWBY fan, I am still happy with the issues to date, as an avid comic reader, I’m still holding out for that cherry on top.