Rat Queens, Vol. 4: High Fantasies by Kurtis J. Wiebe

Rat Queens, Vol. 4: High Fantasies

The Queens are back! Palisade is still a rat-infested hell hole, and Violet, Hannah, Dee, Betty, and the brand-new Queen, Braga are the only hope of saving it! It’s been a long time since they’ve done a good slaughter, so join them as they get back to the basics of killing monsters and drinking away the profits! This is a fresh, hilarious new take on the RAT QUEENS with ne...

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Rat Queens, Vol. 4: High Fantasies Reviews

  • Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

    I still love this series as a whole but I felt this was the weakest so far, it seems to have lost that sense of adventure and the naughtiness it had at the beginning.

  • Chad

    The Queens are back in town and Braga joins up. There's not many subplots here, just the girls questing to earn enough money for booze and candy. Violet's insufferable brother Barrie has decided to stick around to make Vi's life miserable. The book is still witty and fun and irreverent as ever with lots of laugh out loud moments like Milton the Gut Merchant.

  • Lindsay

    Not totally sold on the new artist, but it feels like my Queens are coming back. Yay!

  • Emily May

    I love this series! Easily one of my favourite graphic stories of all time.

    is not the strongest instalment so far, but at this point I love the characters and the dynamic between them so much that I hardly care. There is something just so delightful about this rugged band of drinking, swearing, killing women. Here they are joined by newest member - Braga - and, of course, mayhem ensues.

    Both Hannah's embarrassing dad and Violet's annoying brother make appearance

    I love this series! Easily one of my favourite graphic stories of all time.

    is not the strongest instalment so far, but at this point I love the characters and the dynamic between them so much that I hardly care. There is something just so delightful about this rugged band of drinking, swearing, killing women. Here they are joined by newest member - Braga - and, of course, mayhem ensues.

    Both Hannah's embarrassing dad and Violet's annoying brother make appearances here, which leads to hilarity. And The Chorus arrive in town, opening up whole new issues for the Rat Queens. Though, despite all the murder and craziness, there is something very light and enjoyable about this series. It is undemanding and very easy to read. The characters are so freaking lovable, and the dialogue and small interactions/encounters shine far more than the overarching story. More, please.

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  • Pop Bop

    Most Definitely Back on Track

    I was very much taken by the first Rat Queens volume. So I was a bit disappointed by the second and third volumes. They had less humor, action, and manic energy and got a bit too angsty and backstory-ish for me. I very much like all of the Rat Queen characters and didn't want to see the series turn into a soap opera. Well guess what? This fourth volume is a total hoot. It starts strong and then just keeps getting better and stronger until its solid finish. We still g

    Most Definitely Back on Track

    I was very much taken by the first Rat Queens volume. So I was a bit disappointed by the second and third volumes. They had less humor, action, and manic energy and got a bit too angsty and backstory-ish for me. I very much like all of the Rat Queen characters and didn't want to see the series turn into a soap opera. Well guess what? This fourth volume is a total hoot. It starts strong and then just keeps getting better and stronger until its solid finish. We still get some drama and some more history for the ladies, but as sidelights to the humorous action.

    We start back in Palisade - broke and thirsty. Vi keeps running into her mocking prankster brother. That giant flying squid thing needs to be subdued. Hannah's dad is a complete embarrassment. A scary crew of cult hunters really outclasses the Queens. We go on a dungeon crawl with a touching and funny conclusion. It's pretty much everything you could want. All of the Queens are true to character; everyone gets some funny lines. The quests are gripping and funny, often at the same time.

    What's new here is a fifth Queen, lots of cleverly composed side characters, (two new groups of adventurers are especially well imagined), a return to loads of witty cross-talk, amusing villains, a touching scene involving the mirror of regrets, plenty of snappy one-liners and running gags, and crisp fast pacing. I was delighted to see the return of the reprobates I know and love, and happy to get back into the Rat Queens' world. An excellent addition, I think, to the neverending tale of my favorite adventurers.

    (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  • Cat  (cat-thecatlady)

    I felt like the plot was a bit of inferior quality than the other three but still loved this! I'm a sucker for these girls. kinda sad about the soft reboot but hopefully it will be clearer in the new volumes.

    excited my queens are back and hopefully the backstage drama has ended.

    full review soon

  • Jesse Nicholas

    This felt like a new beginning for the Rat Queens! With the same fresh storytelling, we also got a new Queen added to the group, more humor, more sass, and more badass women taking charge!

    The art style has changed but still suits the story well. The characters are still their crazy selves too. I can't wait to see where the writer and artist take these amazing ladies!

  • Misty

    There are still some flaws and bad habits that need to be overcome in the writing, but for the most part, as this went along, it started to feel like the story was getting back on track. I'm not going to get my hopes too high, because lord knows, they could build it up just to dash it all again, but so far, I'm glad to see the Queens back at it.

  • Bonnie McDaniel

    I wasn't sure what to make of this volume at first. I've since done some research and discovered that this is a "soft reboot" of the Rat Queens storyline by Kurtis J. Wiebe and new artist Owen Gieni, after controversy with the previous artists. (Short version: Original artist Roc Upchurch was arrested for domestic violence and dropped; replacement artist Tess Fowler, brought in for Vol. 3, left acrimoniously amid accusations that Wiebe tried to bring Upchurch back.) A hiatus ensued following all

    I wasn't sure what to make of this volume at first. I've since done some research and discovered that this is a "soft reboot" of the Rat Queens storyline by Kurtis J. Wiebe and new artist Owen Gieni, after controversy with the previous artists. (Short version: Original artist Roc Upchurch was arrested for domestic violence and dropped; replacement artist Tess Fowler, brought in for Vol. 3, left acrimoniously amid accusations that Wiebe tried to bring Upchurch back.) A hiatus ensued following all this drama, but now the Queens are back with a reset and a new Queen, the transgender orc Braga.

    Unfortunately, all this ignores the storyline and cliffhanger of Vol. 3, "Demons," wherein Hannah goes to Mage University, which expelled her five years earlier, to try and save her father. She's revealed to be a half-demon who staged a massacre, the Queens are broken up, and Hannah is thrown into a "void prison" from which she's rescued by the demon who is evidently her biological father, and whose power she channeled long ago. It's heavily implied that Hannah has turned completely dark.

    But in this volume, the Queens are back in Palisade with their new member Braga, and going on their regular questing adventures. The story has been retconned to the point where Hannah's stepfather Gerard, who was stated to have been executed in "Demons," is hale and hearty and screwing the ghost of Hannah's mother. I've read interviews where Kurtis J. Wiebe is claiming that everything that happened in "Demons" is still canon and all will be explained. I hope so, because my patience is running pretty short.

    But just taking this volume on its own, it's not up to previous standards. Owen Gieni's artwork is just...lacking, with Violet suffering in particular. (If there had to be another artist, I wish they had gone back to Stjepan Sejic, who did the best job of picking up where Roc Upchurch left off.) This storyline is weaker, with the exception of the delightful Braga, and the whole thing feels off-kilter and disjointed. I might let Wiebe and company coast for a while because I liked the earlier volumes so much, but if they don't get their act together...well, there's plenty of other stuff to read, after all.

  • Sean Gibson

    Sometimes you want to watch an art film that makes you think, features subtle, nuanced performances, and indelibly captures a moment in time or ruminates on a timeless ideal.

    But, sometimes you want to watch John McClane kick Hans Gruber’s ass.

    The most recent volume of Rat Queens is more the latter, with the Queens, after a somewhat lackluster Vol. 3, getting back to what they do best—kicking ass and having ridiculous adventures that are equal parts silly, serious, and sublime. The addition of o

    Sometimes you want to watch an art film that makes you think, features subtle, nuanced performances, and indelibly captures a moment in time or ruminates on a timeless ideal.

    But, sometimes you want to watch John McClane kick Hans Gruber’s ass.

    The most recent volume of Rat Queens is more the latter, with the Queens, after a somewhat lackluster Vol. 3, getting back to what they do best—kicking ass and having ridiculous adventures that are equal parts silly, serious, and sublime. The addition of orc lady Braga to the crew adds a new dimension of fun, though the scarring sight of orc boob is so horrifically and permanently seared into my retinas that everything I see has an overlay of green boobity badness, which makes for a strange experience walking around town (though it does make watching the news better; it’s much easier to take bad news when it looks like there’s an orc boob superimposed on the face of the scandal maker du jour).

    Glad to have you back, ladies—let’s do it again soon.


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