Review: “Rat Queens, Vol 1: Sass and Sorcery” by Kurtis J. Weibe & Roc Upchurch

How have I not heard of this until now? Have I been living under a rock? Seems so! I picked up this from my local library and while it sat around for a few weeks before I finally picked it up, I’m glad to have read it!

This volume contains issues 1-5 of Rat Queens.

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Title: Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery
Author(s): Kurtis J. Wiebe (Writer), Roc Upchurch (Illustrator)
Publisher: Image Comics
Release date: April 8th, 2014
Length: 128 pages (paperback)
Synopsis: (from Goodreads) “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: 4/5 stars

This harkens to all the long nights I stayed up way past by bedtime playing WoW, Rift, Tera, Guild Wars 2–all of those MMORPG games I love! You’ve got a group of kickass woman known as the Rat Queens who live in the town of Palisade. There’s Hannah, an Elven mage, Violet, the Dwarven warrior, Dee, the Human cleric, and Betty, the Smidgen (goblin) thief. They’re really just best friends, too, and that’s the best part. They all work together and while they don’t always agree, when they fight, they’re amazing!

In this volume, they’re given orders to clear out goblins in a mine and while they don’t like this, they do anyways. But then they come across a huge troll and come to learn that not only were they ambushed by an assassin clad in black, they weren’t the only ones! Now they have to figure out who hired the assassins in the first place.

I love how we’re given insight into each of the characters. We get a little bit of their background story (I like Dee and Violet’s the most right now) and while it’s enough to satisfy us for a bit, I’m eager to know more.

The art is great, too! And while there’s still the unrealistic armor for women (makes me roll my eyes) it’s passable as they all have unique abilities that bring the group together as a whole. There’s a lot of blood, violence, and killing, so if you don’t like that kind of thing, maybe this isn’t for you but if you’ve ever played any MMORPG, READ THIS. You’ll be doing yourself a favor.

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