- Series: Rat Queens (Book 1)
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics (April 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607069458
- ISBN-13: 978-1607069454
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 383 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery Paperback – April 8, 2014
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The Rat Queens are a tough, insouciant gang of ne’er-do-well girls (they’re certainly not ladies) who love a good bar brawl. When they are assigned a mission as punishment for their latest recklessness by the mayor of Palisade and it turns out to be a trap, Hannah, Violet, Dee, and Betty come back to the town to figure out who has it in for them and the other local fighting gangs. And if they have to beat up a few people and monsters to do it, then that’s just fine by them. Wiebe and Upchurch offer readers three-dimensional female characters with varying body types, races, sexual orientations, and backstories, while also including all the intriguing side characters, crude language, drug use, magic, violence, and sarcasm that a humorous, adult action-fantasy volume should have. Upchurch’s art has beautiful depth, and his panels glow with life. Offer this to readers tired of the same old comics featuring cheesecake depictions of female characters or to readers who like intelligent plots with a side of smart aleck. --Snow Wildsmith
- If you're looking for an M-rated series that is full of swordplay, sorcery, and sass, and you don't mind a bit of gore thrown in for good measure, you'll love this. Betty, Dee, Hannah, and Violet are mercenaries for hire who can drink a troll under the table, use language that would make an orc blush, and mercilessly eviscerate baddies. Off on a minor "quest" in order to make up for their drunken brawling, this kick-ass quartet soon realizes that someone or something wants them very dead. Making them dead, however, is far easier said than done. It's not just the fantastic pacing of Wiebe's (Peter Panzerfaust, Debris) text or former video game designer Upchurch's blood-sprayed action sequences, but also the characters themselves that drive the story relentlessly forward. Possessed of very different body types, personalities, and idiosyncrasies, and not afraid to share exactly what they're feeling, the Rat Queens are refreshing characters whose story will leave readers thirsty for more. (June) -PublisherWeekly.com
- "Offer this to readers tired of the same old comics featuring cheesecake depictions of female characters or to readers who like intelligent plots with a side of smart aleck." -Booklist
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But I don't remember it being this good.
I swear I laughed on just about every page.
Fantastic story. Great art.
And pulling the first 2 volumes together in a single deluxe edition - I may break down and buy this. The $40 price tag may be a little steep. But this comic? It's worth it.
And the additions from the original TPBs (trade paperbacks) are amazing. Braga's story is fascinating. I'd love to hear more about her. I hope she becomes a regular. Violet's Courting 101 and Betty's Monster Fighting 101 are both spectacular (and hilarious).
Highly, highly recommended. (That is, if you can handle rated R subject matter.)
Rat Queens takes place in and around Palisade, the sort of frontier town grown-up where once invaluable adventurers have become a liability. The story opens with the town adventuring parties (the Rat Queens, the Peaches, the Four Daves, and Obsidian Darkness) under fire for one property-destroying bar brawl too many. Each group is assigned a task that turns out to be a trap. The rest of Volume 1 deals with the fallout.
Each of the four members has her moments, the story is intriguing enough, and the comic is genuinely funny. They’re foul-mouthed, horny, and have a distinct tendency to cause disproportionate property damage. And can drink their rival adventurers under the table as easily as they kill their enemies. They’re joined by a host of cool minor characters, from a long-suffering captain of the town watch who’s sleeping with one of the Rat Queens to the friendly rival adventurer group named the Four Daves (exactly what it says on the tin) to a villainous local merchant to one very annoying town watchman. All in all, it probably has the best combo of awesome female characters around.
And it only gets better in Volume 2.
This volume’s subtitle, “Sass and Sorcery,” is as good a summation of Rat Queens as there is. Wiebe’s cast is three-dimensional, relatable, and diverse in appearance, attitude, and actions. Upchurch’s art is a perfect match, bring everything to life in an appropriate and powerful way.
The comic is violent and vulgar, but it seems right for the characters and situations. The Queens are the toughest group of women I’ve ever read about, without being “Mary Sues.” They’re far from perfect, and aren’t entirely good either, but are incredibly likable because they feel real and charming and it’s impossible not to cheer for them. Put such a strong set of main characters into an equally interesting take on some sword and sorcery cliches turned on their heads and it all adds up to a magical, fun read.
Every bit as impressive and awesome as I’d heard, Rat Queen is a must read for fans of the fantasy genre who can handle an in-your-face approach to the material and its “booze guzzling, death dealing battle maidens-for-hire” protagonists.
Anyway, this is a fun graphic novel. It was fast paced and I really like the characters. They are all super different and I liked that they all weren’t pretty girls. They are all different shapes and sizes, which is really cool. Tho one of them is really small and childish, but she is a full adult and super sexual which can get a little bit weird because its easy to forget she is not a child.
This graphic novel had a really cool Dungeons and Dragons feel to it. The Rat Queens are a questing team and they fight trolls and do all sorts of other cool things! The unique skills of each of the girls makes them a great team!
I will definitely be buying the second volume!