Review: Rat Queens, Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Published April 8th 2014 by Image Comics
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! (Goodreads)
This graphic novel was a recommendation by several Booktubers. If you’ve been keeping up you will see I have read quite a few graphic novels this year. Much more than the one I read last year. It still amazes me how well these stories come together is such a short “novel”. The art lends beautifully to the story and the characters really come alive through their mannerisms and facial expressions. What woman doesn’t want to read about a bunch of kick butt ladies? This band of 4 awesome ladies are hired to go out and clear an area of anything bad. Along the way they encounter some tough battles but they end up on top.
What really sets this story apart is the characters. In graphic novels I always find a character I latch on to as my favorite, but in Rat Queens they are all my favorite! They are beautiful, quirky, strong, and each one is unique. They are also snarky and sassy as the title implies. This was a great introduction to the world and the characters and I can’t wait to see what happens to them next. I will definitely be looking for Volume 2 on May 19th.