Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch
As my first foray into graphic novels, Rat Queens did not disappoint. It was fun, funny, full of adventure, and featured a cast of diverse kick-ass women.
The Rat Queens are made up of four very different women: the rockabilly elven mage Hannah, hipster dwarven warrior Violet, atheist human cleric Dee, and hippie halfling thief Betty; all with different body types, backstories, and personalities.
The basic plot is that the adventuring groups, of which Rat Queens are a part, are causing too much ruckus in the town, and someone is trying to stop them by killing them all off.
The graphic novel is gorier than I’d anticipated from a female-dominated story, but it didn’t bother me, I was just caught off guard at first (which is what I get from not knowing much about it prior to going in). It was also sassy and exciting, and I really liked all four Rat Queens.
That being said, Violet is probably my favorite of the Queens, simply because she’s probably the closest to me (hipster, duh) and her backstory of leaving her tradition and family behind is the most relatable. Plus, she can rock a sword and has TEAL armor.
Dee’s atheist backstory is the hardest to follow, as there’s a different religion in the world, but the general gist is she doesn’t believe, but she has a hard time with it.
I really liked the spunkiness of the Queens, and how they didn’t care what the men in their lives thought or did; they embraced who they are and were proud to be women.