Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe with art by Roc Upchurch
Genre: Fantasy, Comics
Series: #1 in the Rat Queens series
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 2014
This volume 1 is a compilation of issues 1-5 of the comic series.
From the back cover:
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!
Oh this was fun! I heard about this one from Swapna at S. Krishna’s Books and I’m so glad I paid attention. It’s kind of weird and hard to describe but I cannot wait to read more. You can check out a preview of a few pages at the Image Comics site. I’ve already put my name on the waiting list at the library for volume 2 which will be released in February.
The Rat Queens are a group of kick ass female mercenaries. They are assigned a quest as punishment for their latest drunken brawl (as are several other groups involved in this particular brawl). It soon turns out that this is all a trap and someone is out to get all these mercenaries assassinated.
Obviously the Rat Queens can’t let that happen.
This is definitely a comic for mature audiences so if your sensitive to bloody violence, profane language or sexual content don’t bother.
The art by Roc Upchurch is vibrant and action packed. The characters are so varied and interesting because of the fantasy setting. I found a great interview with him at Paste Magazine.
Personally I enjoyed the heck out of it. I liked all the main characters. They’re sarcastic and not pretty idealized female images. They’re also pretty darn badass. I’m going to have to buy this one so I can read it again before volume 2 is released.