Since reading Maus I've found an appreciation for graphic novels and asked Tigus if he could recommend me some funny ones. As always he was more than happy to help and recommended several titles, this one included.
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 gods’ creatures for profit.
It’s also a darkly comedic fantasy series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Hobbit 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!
This was the second comic I tried and was by far my favourite. The interaction between the characters was fantastic, as was the narrative and the artwork. I can't wait to read more. Thanks again Tigus.
3 stars borrow it.
This volume was a disappointment to me. All the drama with Hannah's dad I didn't like. I finished the violence and cussing and funny lines. Then. Found out that Rat Queens is now only a web comic. Sigh. Hopefully they'll still publish volumes of it. Bummer.
Issue 11 starts with Hannah's dad and the girls being locked up by goblins. Betty's attitude is funny. The girls head off to the University to help Hannah's father and the issue ends with Betty in trouble. Issue 12 the girls find trouble in a dank cave. A more serious issue. chapter 13 is disjointed and all over the place. The girls are at Mage University and each are doing there own thing. Chapter 14. Betty and violet meet Daniel the dragon and it's very funny. There's some really boring stuff with Hannah and her mother. Dee finds out stuff about Hannah's past and is rather upset.
“Getting stabby with some Gobbos”
I’ve already reviewed this before for Netgalley. But as I’ve been away from reading for awhile, I’m reading the collected volumes again to get back into the story line again. (I’m probably going to do this for a couple of series I really liked). I still love, love, love all the cursing. I’m a woman who curses so I love seeing other woman curse. My favorite characters are still Betty and Hannah. I love how the woman love sex and aren’t labeled whores. Some of the quotes still absolutely kill me. Have I mentioned there is tons of violence? But I don’t mind it. This series absolutely kicks some major butt.
“Hannah. I’m an inch from conjuring a thorn bush into your asshole”
“Let’s get Stabby!”
“No one calls my friends cunts but me!”
Volume 3 of Rat Queens lacked the charm of the previous two books. It was by no means a bad book. It just was a letdown after the first two. I think part of that was the change in art. This book seemed to have an increased focus on the boobs and butts of the female characters. I don't remember that being the case with the first two books. Several of the characters were drastically different in physical design from the first two books to the point where if I had been shown panels from this book prior to reading it, I don't think I would have recognized some of them.
Of the four main characters, only Betty remained as lovable as ever. Violet had plenty of great moments that made me laugh, but I didn't quite connect with her as I had before. Hannah and Dee were the hardest to enjoy though. I adored the two of them in the first book, but I just felt distant from them in this book, which shouldn't be the case when they both had some emotional events going on for them, particularly Hannah.
At the end of the book was a quick story about Braga's past and why she left her family. It was a nice story that gave some depth to her and made me miss her presence in the main tale.
I still like Rat Queens. I just can't say I love it like I could before. But I'm hoping I can get back there.