MY RATING: ★★★★★
I just found the biggest competition to Saga, people ! Meet The Rat Queens 🙂 The biggest Bad-Asses in the history of badasses LOL I never laughed out loud so much while reading a comic series. The pack includes 4 ladies : Betty, a hobbit expert thief, Dee, an Atheist Human Cleric, Violet a Dawrven Fighter and Hannah the Elvan Mage and also leader of the group. These ladies seem to always attract trouble wherever they go. They are also monsters killers for profit. The series follows their journey into demon slaying and dragon taming adventures.
The genius behind Rat Queens is the ability to blend characters with great depth, humour, action, attitude and the best fantasy elements in one story. The four kickasses have such a great dynamism. You can feel their differences, but also their friendship. The diversity in the characters is also amazing : we have small, tall, different ethnicity, different shape and size. Every single one of them have a strong backstory. The one thing they have in common? Their attitude. They don’t give a single fuck about other people, they go do their own things.
Take Lord Of The Rings and mix it with Deadpool, TADAA. You got Rat Queens. It builds on a strong fantasy world with sword combat, spells and magical powers without taking it too seriously. The humour is blunt and real . The loose moral of the characters make their interaction even more hilarious. A very engaging read that you wish you were a part of the gang.
Roc Upchurch’s art brings all these incredible elements to life. His skill resides in the facial expressions that gave so much vivacity to the reading experience. The violence in the panels are undeniable. It’s close to gore, so don’t be surprised to see it in those pages. You’ll see a lot of blood.