Image Comics has been publishing an increasing range of creator-owned titles in recent years, so rapidly in fact that it's difficult to keep up with them all. One of the books I completely failed to try out was Rat Queens, a fantasy comic by writer Kurtis J. Weibe and artist Roc Upchurch. Since the first trade paperback was released last week, collecting the first five monthly issues, I figured it was time to catch up.
Rat Queens is basically a Dungeons & Dragons campaign in which the stereotypical band of adventurers - the dwarf warrior, the elf wizard, the human cleric and the halfling thief - have been transformed into an all-female team who look and act like your average roller derby team. It's a fast-paced book, and a regularly violent one, and its protagonists swear, curse, take illegal drugs and have sex with people they meet in bars. They use all the words. They engage in table-breaking bar room brawls. Depending on your point of view, it's all adolescent rubbish or it's gut-bustingly hilarious. I am, for better or worse, in the latter camp. I laughed a lot at this book. I will be back for the second trade paperback towards the end of the year.