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.
Hello Booklikes world! This is my first ever post on here and basically my ever review. I rate all my books but I'm a woman of little words, so I usually don't elaborate, but I'm going to attempt to, just for you lovelies (lovely?). haha.
I'm also very new to the graphic novel world, so I don't have much to compare Rat Queens to but even so.. I LOVED IT. The characters were so sharp and funny, I'm having trouble picking my favorite because they were all just so good. Betty is a little firecracker and I probably loved her most. But Violet is just a general badass and I probably would want to be her. I gave this 5 stars, because it's my favorite comic I've read, and I can't wait to get the next one. BRB, running to Gryphon now.
Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)
(Top Ten Tuesday concept and topic thanks to The Broke and the Bookish)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide series by Douglas Adams
The ultimate funny book. If you don’t laugh your way through these, we can’t be friends.
Emma by Jane Austen
All of Austen’s works are essentially comedies. Some are lighter and funnier than others, but Emma wins for the best use of free indirect discourse to make us laugh at Emma’s cluelessness (see what I did there?). It's also the novel that contains both Miss Bates and Mrs. Elton, two of the most ridiculous—yet believable—characters I’ve ever seen in print.
Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg
Ortberg takes literary figures, real and imagined, and creates a series of text conversations that capture each character perfectly. The humor is wry and so sharp you could cut yourself. It gives you the kind of chuckles that come from being in with the inside joke.
Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite comedians. Dad is Fat is mostly about adventures in marriage and trying to survive five (six? I forget) children. Cutesy family comedy is not usually my style, but Gaffigan nails it with his delivery.
Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
Maybe not laugh out loud funny, but if you’ve ever been young and anxious, Andersen’s cartoons will make you chuckle in recognition.
Moranththology by Caitlin Moran
Caitlin Moran is not “classy” and that’s why I like her. She has a great eye for absurdity and a loud, unapologetic style that makes you laugh while you cringe at the embarrassing things she (constantly) does.
Bitch in a Bonnet by Robert Rodi
Rodi captures all of the meanest, sharpest edges of Jane Austen’s writing and adds plenty of his own snark in this book dedicated to “reclaiming Jane Austen from the stiffs, the snobs, the simps and the saps.”
Rat Queens series of comics by Kurtis J. Wiebe
This series about a fearsome foursome of badass lady mercenaries manages to be hilarious and unapologetically adult without sacrificing character for laughs.
The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
It’s touted as steampunk adventure, which is true, but at it’s heart it’s a British comedy of manners that just happens to be populated with vampires, werewolves, and steam-powered whatsits.
The Bertie & Jeeves novels and stories by PG Wodehouse
The Classic of Classics in 20th century British comedy. Just like with Hitchhiker’s Guide, I can’t deal with anyone who doesn’t laugh at Bertie Wooster and his faithful Jeeves.
The emotional scenes almost had me crying. The humour made me laugh out loud.
It was really nice to get to know the girls' background stories a little better. I now understand a little more about how Hannah came to be the foul-mouthed grumpypants she is today. There wasn't any background story on Betty, but I'm sure we can read a bit more about her in the next volume (which will be coming out this April and is definitely going on my pre-order list!).
The graphics and the overall atmosphere were a little darker than the first one, but me likey! The attention to detail is amazing. I honestly don't know what else to say about this one apart from it being totally awesome.
A fair warning, though: this series contains a lot of swearing and violence. Sometimes the swearing became even a little bit too much for me, which says a lot, really. There's a thing called passionate swearing and another thing called redundant swearing, which is when you're doing it in practically every sentence. It came very close to the latter one in this book. Also, unlike in the first volume, there were some sex scenes which aren't anywhere close to hentai scenes or anything, yet, there's still quite a bit of T&A going on in this one. My first reaction was "WHOA!" because I wasn't expecting boobs being thrown into my face all of a sudden, but other than that, it didn't bother me at all. I'm giving it 5 brownies and a firm recommendation if you're into this kind of thing!