Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Rat Queens, by Kurtis J. Wiebe (writer), Roc Upchurch (illustrator)

Image Comics, ISBN 9781607069454, 2014

Booze-guzzling, death-dealing, battle maidens-for-hire.

This is so not my thing.

The art is excellent. The writing is quite good. There's a plot--but here's where I run into trouble. The plot appears to be mainly a vehicle for as much violence and carousing as possible. There's more than just violence and carousing. There is character development, and despite this being identified as Volume 1, I had a strong sense of there being more backstory than is included, that might have featured in earlier works in which perhaps the Rat Queens weren't the central characters, but played a role.

If that's correct, if this is part of a larger whole, I'm at a disadvantage in evaluating it. Yet even if that's correct, this is still not something I would ordinarily choose to read. That's not to say other people won't love it, particularly as I do think the art is excellent.

I received this work in the Hugo Voters' packet.