A part of me was really tempted to just write one sentence in this post and leave it at that. The sentence?
Go out and buy Rat Queens, Vol 1: Sass and Sorcery right freaking now!
It’s such an amazing series that once you pick it up, you’ll be kicking yourself for not picking it up sooner. I’m a little mad at myself for not getting it when it first hit shelves. But that’s all in the past, because the Rat Queens now have my full and undivided attention.
Rat Queens is described as a mix between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Tank Girl (with a dash of Game of Thrones in my opinion), which is a pretty accurate description. The story centers on four young women that are badasses in their own ways but make an even more formidable team. Not only are they badasses in the sense of strength, they speak what’s on their minds, do what they want and are unapologetic about it.
The team is made up of Hannah, Dee, Violet, and Betty.
Hannah is the leader of the group, and she is one hot-headed spell caster.
Dee is a sorceress that joined the group after leaving the squid worshipping cult that raised her.
Violet is a warrior dwarf that laments shaving her beard off.
Betty is a thief with a love for candy, alcohol, mushrooms, and sex.
Trust me, these girls will win your heart over as soon as you read the first page. Kurtis J. Wiebe has managed to create one hell of a series. This team of ladies are like foul-mouthed Avengers of Middle Earth. You’ll be cheering them on when they fight their battles and laughing with them as they deal with idiots and hangovers. And once you’re on Team Rat Queens, you’ll be wondering why anyone would want them dead as the plot revolves around someone hiring assassins to take them out.
I also need to talk about how amazing the artwork is. Roc Upchurch’s work animates these characters so much that they seem to just leap off the pages and be performing in front of your eyes. The colors, the designs, the mannerisms, everything is perfection.
After your done reading this, who wants to cosplay them with me?
And if you need more convincing, listen to Adam Warrock‘s rap about them!