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Rat Queens

Sass & Sorcery (2013), Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth (2015), Demons (2016)

 

 

Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery (2013) Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch

Rat QueensLet’s just get this out of the way:

NOT FOR KIDS! TOTALLY NOT FOR KIDS!


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However, if you’re an adult?

I LOVED it!

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The Rat Queens are a band of mercenaries in the town of Palisade, and many in the town are tired of the amount of destruction they and the other local mercenaries are wreaking on the town. It’s not the fighting off of monsters as much as the partying that follows the fighting.

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This is somewhat standard RPG, except that the main characters are all women–a mage, a cleric, a dwarf, and a halfling, as a group they’re pretty much chaotic neutral, but as individuals they’re, well, not lawful, but they’re certainly good.

I really enjoyed this, and look forward to the next volume.
Rating: 9/10


Published by Image

Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth (2015) Kurtis J Wiebe, Roc Upchurch, Stjepan Sejic

I am really really enjoying this comic.

Even if it’s chock full of boinking and drugs.


Or perhaps that’s because. Hard to tell.

This story gives us glimpses of various character’s back stories and secrets, when the town of Palisade is attacked by N’rygoth–the god of Dee’s people (and boy does that get complicated).


But what is best about this story is the friendship between the characters.


Plus how they go into battle like its no big deal.


I think what I especially liked was the bit about Hannah’s history. She’s the prickliest of the group, and hardest to like; those glimpses into her past explain so much about her and, honestly, make her so much more likable.
Rating: 8.5/10

Published by Image Comics

Vol 3: Demons (2016) Kurtis J. Wiebe, Tamra Bonvillain, Tess Fowler

What? What? How?

Man, that sure went off the rails right quick.

I honestly don’t get what happened here. Last volume was good, this one started out well, then it just went, well, it went all over the place, and half of it didn’t make much sense.


That bit actually made sense in context.


That? Not so much. And there was a good deal of that. Where things jumped without much in the way of a logical explanation, and characters acted in ways that didn’t make a lot of sense. I mean, one expects non-sensical things from Betty, but for Violet to follow blindly along? Not so much.

I did a little looking around online, and it looks like the partnership fell completely apart at some point, and it looks like it took the story with it. However, there’s a new team put together, and they’re pretending that #16 (not in this volume) didn’t happen, and a web comic was put out, so hopefully things will quickly get back to this:

 

Published by Image Comics