Buffy Meets Lord of the Rings aka Rat Queens

The comic book train shows no signs of slowing down! I started with Lumberjanes and Saga and am now working on expanding my meager comic book collection. I also began watching ComicBookTube (did I make that up??) and there are a lot of great videos online for new comic book readers!! One of the titles that kept popping up was Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch, marketed as ‘a pack of booze guzzling, death dealing battle maidens-for-hire → sign me up!


Volume One: Sass and Sorcery covers Issues 1-5 as the four kick ass ladies drink, fight, and screw their way through Middle Earth (not actual Middle Earth mind you but you know what I mean).

The Rat Queens are:

Betty, a hippie miniature elf addicted to magic mushrooms

Dee, a former cult member turned voodoo priestess

Hannah, a rockabilly elf with some serious magical prowess

Violet, a killer sword-wielding hipster dwarf


Rat Queens is funny, sarcastic, violent and sexy all at the same time. The illustrations are detailed and beautiful – I love the all the characters’ personalities, not to mention wardrobes (and tattoos!). The story is engaging. I have decided to stick with the bound trade books and Rat Queens Volume 2 hits shelves January 27th 2015!768097078227725994