Author: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Illustrator: Roc Upchurch
Title: Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery
Publication Info: Berkeley, CA : Shadowline/Image, 2014
The Rat Queens are a group of four adventurers in a medieval fantasy setting whose drinking, carousing, and brawling leads them to be sent out on quests as punishment. In this first collection, the Rat Queens discover that someone is trying to kill them and their rival adventure crews and have to solve the mystery. It’s a riotous mix of humor, profanity, drug references, and lots and lots of bloody gore. It’s a good send up of the strong female characters trope and the sword and sorcery genre, although I think many allusions were lost on me as I’m not familiar with that genre. This is a comic series worth reading but much too violent for my tastes.