Graphic Novel Review: Rat Queens Vol.1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch

Title: Rat Queens Vol. 1 Sass and Sorcery
Author: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Roc Upchurch
Published: 2014
Genre: Graphic Novel

Synopsis: 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!

My Rating: red-starred-starred-starred-star

I am so glad I enjoyed this series because lately my disillusionment has been real with graphic novels. Everything about this series spoke to me, reminding me a lot of that feeling of Saga. Rat Queens follows 4 sassy ladies who are mercenaries in a fantasy world and their adventures which are bright, comical and bloody. Very bloody with loads of cursing, recreational drugs, booze and hot guys and girls to keep them entertained.

The story starts out when our girls are tasks along with the other mercenary groups in the town to track down a monster but it ends up being a trap from then on they are being targeted by a group of deadly assassins and they combine all of their strengths to defeat them.

I loved the art, the art is bright and colorful and doesn’t hold back the gore and the blood – which I love. Each of the ladies is very unique with their smart-mouthed leader Hannah, an elven mage who has serious flirtations going on with the Captain of the Guard, Sawyer. Then there’s Dee, beautiful and sexy atheist with serious healing powers who happens to have social anxiety and loves books. Then we have the ferocious Violet, a dwarf warrior who decided to shave her beard to rebel and there’s something going on with her hot twin brother but hopefully not in a Game of Thrones way. Finally we have Betty the tiny Smidgen who loves booze, drugs and the ladies and is super smart – keeping things lighthearted even in danger.

I ended up loving their dynamic, the relationship they have with the other mercenaries and the awesome plot. I will definitely be continuing with the series, if you’re fan of Saga or are looking for Lumberjanes for adults – this is where it is.


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