Hey Fangirls! I was hemming and hawing over what to write about this week, when Natalie made a rather brilliant suggestion; Rat Queens. It’s a baby comic (the 3rd issue comes out in 2 and a half weeks), and it’s lovely beyond belief. Our insider at the comic shop suggested it to me the week it came out, and I’m so glad she did. It’s a questing story, but get this, the questers are female!
So that’s not the rarest or most out there thing you’ve ever heard of, right? There are females that go on quests all of the time, look at the Fable and Elder Scrolls games. They both have the option for a female character. But this series revolves around one particular group of ladies, the Rat Queens. Consisting of Hannah, Dee, Violet, and Betty, the Rat Queens are a rather boisterous group. They like to get drunk and start fights. They aren’t the only gang in this supposedly quiet little town, and the antics seem to be upsetting it’s inhabitants.
The Rat Queens, Peaches, Four Daves, Brother Ponies, and Obsidian Darkness are all in trouble. A lot. So the mayor has sentenced them all to cleaning up separate areas if they want to continue to live in the town. Little do the gangs know, but a dangerous surprise is awaiting each of them. So the ladies arrive at their destination only to encounter an assassin, who is looking for them. There is a brawl, and a troll ends up offing the assassin for the Queens. Then they have to deal with the troll.
I really enjoyed these two fight scenes (at the end of the 1st issue and into the 2nd), because they showed off the unique talents that each of these women possesses. Hannah, the leader, is a(n elven) witch. She’s snarky and sassy, but like every leader does, at least once, makes the wrong decision by getting too emotional. Dee is a vampiric healer. She kicks ass and saves the rest of the Queens when they need a boost. Violet is a dwarven brawler. She wears more armor than the rest of the Queens, and seems to be one of the more sensible ladies (Dee is also very logical). And there’s Betty. She’s a smidgen with a love for everyone. She is also very athletic and seems to think like a child sometimes (she brought along candy for dinner).
In the first issue, we experience a little of their fighting styles, but the second really seems to open them up. Within two issues Kurtis J. Wiebe has created a story that is shooting straight out of the starting gate. The art is beautiful, ranging from sketch-quality walking scenes to intensely detailed close-ups, all done by Roc Upchurch.
As for the second issue, I urge you to go pick it up (both of them, rather). The art is gorgeous and the plot is thickening just the way I like it. But I haven’t mentioned my favorite thing; the clothing. I know it sounds silly, but I’ve seen the outfits that many heroines are put into. Regaurdless of what the role of a character is in a story or video game, our ladies tend to be scantily clad. Now, there’s nothing wrong with a scantily clad lady, but I appreciate heroines who wear more logical clothes. And in Rat Queens, they’ve done a lovely job. Only Hannah has extreme cleavage, and honestly, it isn’t that extreme. You can see some booty when Dee is facing away, but her garb is logical. Betty wears an extremely comfortable looking tank and skirt combo, while Violet wears armor.
I think this story is going far. It has strong female leads, great clothes, silly jokes, and there are 2 drinks to try out in the back of issue 2! Plus they’re doing double covers for several of the issues, so you can choose which art you would like. So go check it out, Fanboys and Fangirls alike, because this one is going far.
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