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Rat Queens

Rat Queens

I looovvveee this comic book.  It features a mercenary team comprised of four women.  Sassy, opinionated, hard partying, ass-kicking women who are heroes when necessary…or when they feel like it…or when the pay is good enough.

Betty, Dee, Hannah & Violet make me the laugh-out-loud-while-reading kind of happy.  The Rat Queens by Kurtis J Wiebe & Roc Upchurch is well crafted and endlessly entertaining.  I went back to it for a reference while writing this and ended up reading most of “Volume One: Sass and Sorcery” again. Fine, I read all of it and started in on Volume Two before remembering adult responsibilities.  In the meantime, I forgot what I’d gone back to look for in the first place. (See, my previous post about my my newly discovered tactic for staying on purpose.)

Wiebe and Upchurch just kept layering on the good stuff with this one.  Well-crafted characters are always a soft spot of mine. Give them a great story arc and I’m an immediate fan.  Allow those characters to break stereotypical molds, and I’m hooked.  Toss in a fun read and a great sense of humor, I’ll never stop reading.  I felt like I should be able to include something that wasn’t positively glowing, but even on a second read through, it didn’t happen. (That’s my reason for reading it again!  I knew I could find one.)

Did anybody ever watch the Saturday morning cartoon Dungeons & Dragons? I did.  I only got to watch a few episodes, because of…well, its a long story (or at least one that has nothing to do with comic books, see look at me, staying on track), but this feels just a touch like that.  It carries the qualities that made me look forward to cartoons.  Maybe I’m feeling a touch nostalgic, because I’m not saying I watched cartoons where I could actually see entrails of disemboweled enemies…yeah, did I mention this book is not for the kiddies?  (No, seriously.)  Foul mouthed, funny, recreational drug using, brave, sexy, violent characters in a story in which all of the above takes place…it is great, just NOT for children.

Volume 3 came out on April 19th, and I’ve been looking forward to it for months.  I have no idea how I missed it when I was at the comic book store.  Does that mean I get to go back?  Hooray!

‘Til next time,
Jessica

P.S.  Wait, you say?  Didn’t she just post that she liked individual issues because of her over scheduled lifestyle?  I did, dear friends, but I’m also just particular enough that I need a matching set. Also, I will set aside the time to read this one cover to cover, adult responsibilities be damned…in theory anyway.

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Ah, Sweet Geekery

Friends, I’ve been reading.  Before, this blog would have been filled with reviews of novels, but quite frankly, I don’t have time for that.  It took me a month to read The Shining, and that can only partly be blamed on needing to read during the daylight hours.  I get caught up in books so much I don’t even see chapter breaks most of the time, and before I know it I’m behind on…whatever it is I’m supposed to be doing.

Comic books have proven to be the perfect form of entertainment.  Highly entertaining, action packed, engaging stories and each issue is the perfect length for a short break between…schoolwork, my job, the house, whatever.  I used to advocate the trades because I read through individual issues too fast and became too impatient for the next issue to be released.  Especially, when I often couldn’t find the next issue in my local shops.

Oh, how little did I know!  My over scheduled day loves the individual issues, and I discovered this weekend that Mammoth Comics will order the ones I need, if they can. I get the feeling this is something pretty common and I should have known. (Kind of like that football thing…nevermind. Just forget I mentioned football.) Oh, happy day!  Didn’t think I could get any geekier?  Neither did I.  The funny part is, I’m ridiculously excited by this.  My impatience hasn’t lessened, but I don’t feel the panicky need to buy all the issues at once, just in case I can’t find them later…much.

I’ve written before about how much I enjoy Brian K Vaugh’s Saga.  (Volume 6 is due out soon!)  I also went to the experts at Wizard World’s Comic Con in Tulsa in October to ask for some recommendations.  Thanks to those excellent recommendations, a little venturing out on my own (mostly because I liked the pretty pictures), and a couple of gifts from a friend, and my knowledge is growing.  I still feel like a novice, but I no longer feel like I’m lost in the woods.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S. I’ll be posting some reviews soon.  I promise!

P.P.S. Those individual issues, I’m keeping them in a magazine box-thing that is now full. Any storage suggestions?