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Rat Queens by Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch {5 Stars}

Rat Queens by Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch might be my new favorite book ever. I’m not exaggerating. You all know that I don’t reread books pretty much ever since there are so many new ones to discover, but immediately upon finishing the first volume of Rat Queens, I had to reread it. I had to order the second volume, too. This band of four women just make me so darn happy (they are not rats by the way, which I strangely assumed based on the title). Fans of fantasy absolutely need to read this series, even if you’ve never read a graphic novel before.

Rat Queens by Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch {5 Stars}

Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis Wiebe, Roc Upchurch (Rat Queens #1-5)
Published by Image Comics on April 8th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 128 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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Who are the Rat Queens?

A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they're in the business of killing all god's creatures for profit.

It's also a darkly comedic sass-and-sorcery series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

5 Stars

Strengths:

  • Rat Queens is all about a group of four heroines (who are not rats, but aren’t all human) that go adventuring together in classic dungeon-crawling style. These ladies kick some serious ass with their individual skill sets and I adore them each for their eccentricities!
  • The art of Rat Queens really blew me away. I had to keep stopping just to take in a scene, possibly take a picture and fangirl with anyone near me. Seriously, ask my husband how often I insisted he look at a page while he was watching TV, I dare you.
  • These ladies are hilarious. Rat Queens has just the right kind of humor for me that mixes a bit of inappropriateness with a lot of cleverness. I was literally laughing out loud and the husband was again giving me the weird look >.>.
  • I really appreciated the amount of diversity represented in Rat Queens. As you can see from the cover, one of the band is dark-skinned, and what you can’t tell from the cover is one of them is not straight :D.
  • Unlike certain other adult graphic novels you may have heard of (*coughSagacough*), the first volume of Rat Queens has not graphic nudity and really only blood in the fight scenes. Volume two does feature a bit of nudity, but it’s not at all the level of Saga.
  • There are some moments in Rat Queens that are freaking, downright, comatose-sweet adorable. All I wanted to do was reach through the pages and hug these characters while screeching about their adorableness. They make me sooooo happy!

Weaknesses:

  • While the nudity is less, Rat Queens still features a lot of swearing including the c-word at times, which I disliked. I don’t mind f-bombs pretty much whenever in what I’m reading, but gah, I just hate that word.
  • Volume two switches to a different artist halfway through apparently because the first artist was arrested for domestic abuse? It took some adjusting and I am sad that they had to switch, but I support their decision. We’ll see if I get used to the new style in volume three!

Summary:

Rat Queens is a fantastic graphic novel and really a must read for fantasy fans who don’t mind swearing. Seriously, go get volume one and thank me later. I would even say that this a better place to start reading graphic novels than Saga if you like fantasy adventure.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Rat Queens by Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch

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Comments

  1. I’m THRILLED that you’ve reviewed this! It’s SUCH a good comic. It’s probably my second favourite comic ever after Saga, which is hands down and absolutely the most incredible comic.

    Rat Queens was funny, but sometimes the humour grated on me a bit. For that reason, Hannah probably isn’t my favourite character. (I also disliked the use of That Word. ) Betty is absolutely ADORABLE. She got a lot of heart and I found her the funniest. (It’s interesting, the graphic nudity in both Rat Queens and Saga had me like WOOOAHH!!! OKAAAAAY THEEEEN O_O But both comics have such an incredible story that I was able to get over it. It was a similar situation with me and George R.R. Martin’s ASOIAF; some parts were so intense, but I so badly wanted to know what happened to my favourite characters.)

    “Volume two switches to a different artist halfway through apparently because the first artist was arrested for domestic abuse?”
    …Wait, WHAT? Omgddd. =( I had no idea. I was wondering about that in V2, I was like, ‘Hey what happened?’ Aww that’s a shame. Great review Anya.
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    • Haha, I think Rat Queens beats Saga for me just because I’m squeamish about nudity and the humor appeals to me a bit more ;-)

      I knew going in to Volume 2 that the artist switched, but I didn’t realize it switched halfway so at first I was like oh I don’t even notice and then I realized why, sigh.

  2. Rat Queens is my fave comic! The artist recently switched again due to illness and the third is the amazing Tess Fowler who is on the book permanently, yay!
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