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Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery Paperback – 8 Apr 2014

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics; 01 edition (8 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607069458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607069454
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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  • 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)
  • "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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Firmly set in the fantasy realm of magic and dragons, our heroines are: Hannah the Elven Mage with Amy Winehouse hair, Violet the Dwarven warrior (who’s shaved her beard off), Dee the human cleric who doesn’t believe in the gods her parents worship, and Betty the Smidgen thief, a teeny tiny girl with the ability to quaff major amounts of beer and ‘shrooms. Together, they are the Rat Queens, a band of mercs who quest hard and play hard!

Except the playing has gotten out of hand lately in the town of Palisade and after a particularly heavy night of drinking and brawling, the Queens and the other mercs are sent on missions that are setups to get them wiped out once and for all. Will the Rat Queens survive and discover who’s behind the arranged assassinations?

D&D, fantasy, and stuff like that generally isn’t my bag - I enjoy Game of Thrones and a few other things like that but I’m not a huge fan of the genre. And here’s the thing about Rat Queens - it’s definitely generic but it’s different because its a character driven story and Kurtis Wiebe has done a marvellous job of writing some of the most likeable and entertaining characters I’ve ever read in fantasy.

They are initially tough to like - they drink, use drugs, behave callously and exactly like the young people with money they are, and normally that would put me off them. But somewhere around the second or third issue I began to really like these characters in spite of their off-putting behaviour. They are distinctly their own characters with their own voices and personalities and it’s remarkable how quickly and effortlessly Wiebe establishes this.
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By Ancient Mariner TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Mar. 2015
Format: Paperback
This volume collects the first five comics in the Rat Queens series. I couldn't find much in the way of a description or review of the Rat Queens, so I went right to this collection to get the full story.

Well, the bottom line is that this is the first sword-and-sorcery action comic collection I've seen, ever, that is really and truly funny. The four Rat Queens, a band of maiden mercenaries, are, more or less: 1) Dee, a reformed squid cult member, 2) Hannah, conjurer and the daughter of a twisted pair of necromancers, 3) Betty, who acts like an airhead party girl, and 4) Violet, who uses her sword ironically.

Early on the four are sprung from jail, in which they've been held because of excessive brawling and troublemaking, and sent away to clean out a goblin cave. On the way the Queens get very upset with Betty when they find out that all she has packed in the food bag is candy and drugs. That sort of gives you an idea of this series' vibe.

That said, the real plot is that someone is trying to wipe out all of the mercenary bands in town, including the Rat Queens. It's time for them to take matters into their own hands. Actually, it's always that time. The rest of the story, (no SPOILERS here), is all mayhem and wisecracks.

Each of the Queens has personality to spare. This is not one of those comics where all of the characters look alike and each figure has the same expression no matter what's going on. These are well drawn and expressive characters, with clean and clear action sequences and a nice sense of movement and place. The cursing is very creative and the insults that get hurled all over are even more creative. This is funny, bawdy, ripe stuff which, if anything, is highlighted by a few quieter and more touching scenes.
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I try not to make snap decisions when reading a book or comic, but after 4 pages I came to a conclusion that the rest of the book with it's brilliant one liners and great art only reaffirmed: This. Is. Awesome.

Guys, female dwarves shaving their beards (Pratchett flashbacks anyone?) A cult worshipping a squid, a band of mercenaries all called Dave. If any of that piqued your interest then you should try this out
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2015
Format: Paperback
A paperback which collects the first five issues of the fantasy comic Rat Queens.

Although not marked as being for mature readers, it does feature a fair amount of strong language, violence, and adult situations. So it's not suitable for children.

Rat Queens is tale of an adventuring party. A concept familiar to anyone who has ever played Dungeons and Dragons. The party consists of a warrior. A magic user. A thief. And a cleric. Also something role players will be familiar with.

But the characters are not what you might expect from that kind of thing. Halfling thief Betty is a hippy with a fondess for a certain kind of candy. Hannah the Elf magic user is a rockabilly. Violet the dwarven warrior has her own unique attitude. And Dee the human cleric is an atheist. Not that her parents worship the kind of god you might expect.

They are all strong willed women with strong attitudes. And as the series opens, we're introduced to that by it showing the impact that kind of behaviour has on the town.

This grabs you from the off thanks to some very well done humour. But the main thrust of it has to be the Rat Queens themselves. And this is where the series scores because it makes them three dimensonal characters. Who all have enough depth to not be annoying in the least. You do quickly find yourself liking these characters and really caring for them.

The writing of the rest of it is very good as well, because although the plot of the first five issues is pretty much self contained, it forms a very neat story with a beginning middle and end. Although it leaves you with an intriguing question or two. And some things hanging at the end, which leaves room for more. Not least lots of character moments that give the four leads even more depth.
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