Rat Queens: Sass and Sorcery

By: Kurtis J. Wiebe

Illustrated by: Roc Upchurch

Series: Rat Queens (#1)

Publication Date: 2014

Status: read

Location: Bookshelf One

Wiebe, Kurtis J. and Upchurch, Roc. Rat queens - sass and sorcery.

I needed a little pick-me-up after some slow-reading books, and Rat Queens definitely delivered. Published by Image Comics, I stumbled across this graphic novel series via YouTube. In a genre that’s getting better but still embraces the patriarchy, Rat Queens gives a big middle finger to the male-dominated traditions of both comic books and fantasy. In this first volume, we are introduced to Betty, Dee, Hannah, and Violet, a mercenary team of women from different species in a vaguely medieval world. They each have important skills and powers, and the focus of the book is on their relationships with each other and their immense talent. They are sexual beings, but they are not sexualized, and when they do show interest in another person, that interest is not limited to the same species or the opposite gender. The art is also wonderful; Upchurch has helped create this world of trolls and smidgens and orcs and, gasp, given women different body types and styles. While we are moving closer to graphic novel storylines that acknowledge women as more than their bodies (yay for Kamala Khan!), we still have a long ways to go. This, however, is an outright feminist series with real portrayals of awesome females, and I already have the next volume in my Amazon cart.

 

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