May 6, 2016

Graphic Novel Mini Reviews (Rat Queens Vol. 1-3 & Outcast Vol. 1)

Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery By: Kurtis J. Wiebe & Illustrated By: Roc Upchurch

I wasn't sure what to think about this when I first picked it up, but it turned out amazing! Rat Queens is such a great D&D-esque graphic novel for women! I'm not saying men would not like it because I think they will too. However I think it's so great that this is a fantasy graphic novel with some kick ass females! 

 This series is hilarious and I like all of the cool twists on all of the overdone fantasy tropes.  I love that this series takes includes many things that make fantasy awesome,  but it also bucks the trends a bit. As a female I also love how all of the girls have realistic body types. I love the Rat Queens! Keep in mind this is written by a man too! There are a lot of diverse characters in Rat Queens and I really appreciate that. There's also lots of action, great artwork, and the story is very fast-paced. 

Overall I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Rat Queens. It just got better and better and the story went on. By the end I loved all of the characters, but Hannah is my favorite. 
Can you see why? LOL! This graphic novel had me laughing out loud for real and wanting to tell my husband everything that was happening. I had to control myself though since he wanted to read it after me.  

Rat Queens Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth By: Kurtis J. Wiebe & Illustrated By: Roc Upchurch and Stjephan Sejic 

Hannah, Hannah, Hannah...oh how I love her sarcasm and sass! I am so glad that after I finished the first volume I immediately went out and bought volumes 2&3. 

We got to see more of Dee and her backstory in this one. Which made me happy since Dee is my second favorite character! There was also more backstory for Hannah and Violet as well. I hope we get more backstory for Betty soon.  I just love all of the characters. They are each so full of personality and humor. There were so many parts that had me laughing out loud for real in this volume as well. This series has such a great blend of fantasy and comedy.

So the comic book store clerk was telling my husband and I that this series has had a lot of artist changes. I don't recall all of the details, but you can definitely tell there have been changes. The first volume had better artwork. Unfortunately it is what it is and at least the story in this one was just as good as the first. 

Overall the second volume of Rat Queens was just as good as the first. You may have to hang in there as far as the artwork goes. Hopefully it will get settled and then at least be consistent with one artist. The series is worth it though.

Rat Queens Vol. 3: Demons By: Kurtis J. Wiebe & Illustrated By: Tamra Bonvillain 

So Rat Queens Vol. 3 was not quite as good as the first two volumes. Keep in mind with all of the crazy artist changes this has obviously affected the writing. It just felt like something vital was missing in this one. Volume three was not as funny or as good as the first two volumes, but it wasn't horrible either.

Overall since this series was so well done for volumes one and two I will continue and see how volume four of Rat Queens is. I am hoping that the artist they have now will stay on and there won't be any more artwork changes. If that's the case then I think the story will improve in the next volume. I can't wait for volume four to see what Hannah, Dee, Violet, and Betty will be up to next. 

I recommend all of the Rat Queens series to all fantasy fans looking for something with a group of kick ass chicks that is fresh, sassy, and hilarious.

Outcast Vol.1: A Darkness Surrounds Him By: Robert Kirkman & Illustrated By: Paul Azaceta

Okay, so don't shoot me or anything...I haven't read any of The Walking Dead comic book series yet. :x However, Outcast is by the same writer so I really wanted to give this series a shot. 

I have to admit I am not the biggest fan of the artwork in this series. It's not bad, but it's just okay for me. The story though is really interesting. Kyle is very intriguing to me and I can't wait to see more of his backstory. I want to know what exactly is going on with him and why. His character is so complex and very deep. The story is also good, but I think it's Kyle that really makes this one work. All of the demonic possesion stuff is a bit creepy though!

Overall Outcast Vol. 1 was not my favorite graphic novel, but it was still a great start to the series. I am hoping that Vol. 2 is even better and we get more information. I can't wait to read the next one and see! 

I recommend Outcast Vol. 1 for anyone that likes stories about demonic possession and character driven stories. 

Whew! So that was a lot of mini reviews to pack into one post. I hope most of it is coherent since I read all of these in about 2-3 days. I really did enjoy all of these graphic novels and I recommend them all! I am so glad I have gotten into graphic novels becuase there are so many good ones!

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