Comic Review: “Rat Queens” #1 by Kurtis Wiebe

Review by Prof. Jenn


Here’s a list of why I immediately adore the Rat Queens:

1) They are a very D&D rooted adventure group, and are bad-ass, diverse, and all-female.

2) They are Postmodernly self- and pop-culture-referential.

3) They are exquisitely drawn: action, character, and setting well-rendered. The art is exciting as well as easy on the eyes.

4) They are action-packed as well as hilarious.

5) Publicity copy has called the Rat Queens: “like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!” I wouldn’t actually put the Tank Girl reference in there, though I do see where they’re coming from. They’re not quite as gritty as Tank Girl. They are certainly raucous, boozing, and bantery, but there’s more joy there than nastiness.

Bottom Line: I love the Rat Queens, and I want more!