Rat Queens Vol. 1 / Graphic Novel Review

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!SOURCE

 

I recently finished Volume 1 of Rat Queens having heard about it from several sources; one of which being Kristina Horner from Youtube.

I kept seeing it in my local Forbidden Planet but kept NOT buying it because I’m an idiot! I’m so glad I got it, though. Like, really glad.

Rat Queens is, as above, a graphic novel following four sassy, bad ass, mercenaries who hire out their services to do things like kill goblins and the like.

It sounds strange, and it is, but once you’re past the introductions and you understand the world (coming from someone who’s never read this kind of thing before) it’s fantastic!

The characters are all ball-breakingly bolshy but never once do you think they are the same, which is something that can sometimes happen when there are a few lead characters who are all women. Each has their own personality, their own style and voice and it’s pretty feminist-friendly.

Yeah there are snippets of cleavage and a bare thigh or two along the way but you get the feeling it’s more to show how GREAT they are as women than how male-ideal-sexual they can be (despite how much I love it the same can’t be said for Witchblade). They’re all in charge of their own destinies, banded together by choice, and are in control of their sexuality (there’s even a gay ‘smidgen’ who is probably the cutest, ‘feminine’, character of all rather than typically butch).

The story of them basically wrecking the town they’re supposed to be protecting, almost being killed and then turning it all around is perfectly under-dogian, too. Teamed with the killer dialogue and amazing art I’m a fan for life and will be reading more ASAP!

 

 

This graphic novel comes HIGHLY recommended for anyone who wants to get into the genre or anyone looking to just add to their collection. It’s genre defining!

 

Sam

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