Rat Queens #1

Rat Queens #1

Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe Artist: Roc Upchurch Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 25, 2013 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 9
8.7Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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!

A new ongoing series from PETER PANZERFAUST's KURTIS J. WIEBE and featuring a gorgeous incentive cover by SAGA's FIONA STAPLES!

  • 10
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson Sep 24, 2013

    It's pretty safe to say that this is going to be another big hit from Image Comics.The story, art, and characters are all built and fashioned with such quality that it'll be hard to find someone who isn't a fan of this book. It's fun, irreverent, has great characters, great story, great art, and even a joke or two. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Joey Caswell Sep 25, 2013

    Rat Queens #1 is one of the most sincerely funny comic books you could be reading this month. However, if you were to remove the generous dose of humor from its pages, this book would still have a wonderful story that would maintain its interesting qualities. That really seems like a hallmark for an incredibly well-crafted tale. While the quality of the humor vastly exceeds that found elsewhere, the plot is capable of standing on its own. Not only are the characters incredibly interesting, but the general sense of high adventure which underlines this book makes for a very fun read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Sep 29, 2013

    The more I flip through it, and think about it, the more I realize that Rat Queens #1 just may be my favorite first issue of 2013. It is violent, has four strong female leads, references to fantasy RPGs like D&D, with a few jaw dropping final pages, and most important of all this issue is F-U-N, FUN. With its level of vulgarity, this book may not be for everybody, but for those of us that aren't offended, issues like this are why we read comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Karyn Pinter Oct 1, 2013

    Time for something new. I want a free loving Halfling with a magic mushroom addiction and a sweet tooth, and Rat Queens delivers. Kurtis Wiebe delivers, piping some fun and freshness in an otherwise overdone genre. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Rhodes Review - Stephen W Rhodes Sep 26, 2013

    I love the characters and the plot ofRat Queens #1. What's more, I think they have a perfect artistic style to capture the fantasy feel of the series. It's just a great series all around and I bet it only gets better from here! All fantasy comic book fans need to checkRat Queens out! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - ShadowJayd Aug 19, 2013

    The first installment of Rat Queens sets a high standard for the rest of the series and is a perfect introduction to Wiebe and Upchurchs darkly comedic, action-adventure fantasy world. Though an amusing and unquestionably fun read, the issue promises more bloodshed and potentially sinister story developments in the upcoming chapters. Definitely a series worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Sep 24, 2013

    As I mentioned before, I'm really impressed Image is making some real strides into the fantasy genre. Some publishers have made it known that it isn't always about the best possible story but the biggest audience that they want to pursue. While this genre isn't necessarily for everyone, it's great to see a big name publisher, like Image, stepping up to tell stories that are both serious and fun of all sorts. Sometimes, readers might not even know what they're missing out on until they try something that's entirely different from what they're accustomed to reading. Rat Queens #1 may not be for readers who have no interest in fantasy or action-adventure comics, but I suspect even casual readers who aren't as familiar with the world of swords and sorcery will still chuckle at the off-beat humor in this comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Sep 25, 2013

    Of course, none of the aforementioned humor and intrigue would fly if it wasn't for the superb artwork of Roc Upchurch. Rat Queens looks frantic, exciting, and fun. Half the humor of this book comes from the characters' expressions and posture. Betty's insistence that the crew partake in some mushrooms on a trip is only sold by the look of disappointment and stubbornness on her face. Seriously, folks, Rat Queens #1 is funny, action packed and looks freaking fantastic. Just buy it, okay? Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Oct 26, 2013

    I really recommend that anyone that enjoys Lord of the Rings, Dungeons and Dragons or World of Warcraft to pick this up. You will enjoy this series very much. Both issues average out to an 8.8. I adored the second issue and very much liked the first one. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Multiversity Comics - Sam LeBas Sep 26, 2013

    From character design to layout, from dialogue to environment; every element of this new title lends to its feeling of novelty. Even the eye-catching logo and title design add the singular effect of rock-and-roll fantasy. Anchored by strong female protagonists, “Rat Queens” #1 delves boldly into adventure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Max Delgado Sep 24, 2013

    Overall, Rat Queens #1 is a strong first issue. If you want guts, magic, and a lovely overdose of femme fatale, go grab this thing today. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Sep 25, 2013

    I'm glad that I finally got to read the first issue and now I'm pumped for the second. There's been enough promotional material for the series that anyone paying attention should know what to expect from the characters, but even then you'll get a feel once you dive in. I really do see this as being a great way to get new readers into comics and not just women, though it should definitely appeal to them, but TV fans as well. TV and comics share so many similarities that books like this that find a way to bridge the gap are the perfect entry for a new reader. If you check out this series consider passing it along to a friend, you might be surprised by how quickly they take to it. As for me I'm waiting for next fix of Rat Queens already. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Oct 1, 2013

    Image seems to have another hit on their hands I'd wager. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Sep 27, 2013

    "Rat Queens" #1 is unadulterated, unapologetic fun. Weibe holds nothing back through his situational humor and his ability to turn clichs on their heads, while Upchurch's style compliments Weibe's writing to create an overall whimsical issue. Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch have the start of something truly wonderful in "Rat Queens." Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Adam Prosser Sep 28, 2013

    Because that's the other thing about cultural osmosis: what starts small can become overwhelming, and it's too easy to follow along in everyone else's footsteps. Originality is what wins out in the long run. Rat Queens is rather amusing, but it's hard to imagine it lingering in anyone's memory. It's the result of absorption rather than the kind of thing that gets absorbed. Read Full Review

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