Thursday, January 5, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery

Quick heads up that this graphic novel series is definitely geared for a more mature reader. (Gore, language, sex talk, etc). I like to try to have any warnings in the beginning with more mature content just in case that isn't something you're interested in!


Why did it take me so long to finally read this!? I am already in love with this universe and art style.
Rat Queens is a fantasy story about these four badass women who discover that there is an assassin attacking the five teams (Rat Queens, Peaches, Four Daves, Brother Ponies, and Obsidian Darkness) that are assigned quests by the captain of the guard. This volume is about them trying to find out who hired the assassin but also dealing with things in their personal life.

This art style is great. It's got this realistic look to it I always love seeing and the way the gore was drawn is really cool. The story is also one that was really easy to slip into. Sometimes fantasy stories, especially in graphic novels where info is being crammed into every little speech bubble, can be hard to follow but this one wasn't. I found myself laughing so hard and I audibly gasped at one point. I was completely engaged in the story.

My favorite part about this graphic novel are the characters. All four of the women have distinct personalities that all work together. My favorite of the four is definitely Dee but all four are great. I love that they don't only act all tough and bad ass but they also show it. On the other side, they also show vulnerability when we read about Violet and her brother or Betty and her love interest.
I can't wait to read the next volumes in this series. I'm officially hooked. I recommend this series to anyone 16+ who is into fantasy worlds, badass women, and good art. 

Thanks for reading! 
In 2017 I really want to read more characters with mature bad-ass strong female women. I know young adult books have a lot of strong female characters but I am 25 and it's getting a little harder to relate to 15-17 year old characters! So if you have any recommendations both novels, non-fiction, or graphic novels/comics with bad-ass older woman send those recommendations to me please! I'd appreciate it.