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.

  • HFK

    I know, I know. I swore myself off from

    after the disaster happening in the third volume, but apparently changed my mind. I hate when that happens, but considering the huge drama surrounding this series with the original illustrator's (Roc Upchurch) domestic violence situation and the replacement's (Tess Fowler) seemingly fishy-washy boot getting, I was curious to see could Kurtis J. Wiebe breath this series back to life with a new team of him and Owen Gieni.

    The answer is yes and no.

    I know, I know. I swore myself off from

    after the disaster happening in the third volume, but apparently changed my mind. I hate when that happens, but considering the huge drama surrounding this series with the original illustrator's (Roc Upchurch) domestic violence situation and the replacement's (Tess Fowler) seemingly fishy-washy boot getting, I was curious to see could Kurtis J. Wiebe breath this series back to life with a new team of him and Owen Gieni.

    The answer is yes and no.

    is very obviously a reboot of the series, but it is done surprisingly good. That may be because it has been ages since I read the third volume and have nicely forgotten everything necessary to get pissed off, or it can be because there is a solid attempt going on here.

    Owen Gieni's art is back from the horrible Tess Fowler's to more eye-devouring, and it avoids the trap of being too different from the first couple of installments.

    is getting back to its roots.

    Wiebe's storytelling has more edge and spirit within but also more discipline when comes to spreading the fantasy elements all over the place. In other words, he seems to be getting back to being on top of his game.

    The familiar humor and roughness is slowly coming back, and there was few scenes that made me laugh out loud, which is always a good sign.

    There is, again, a lot of building that is easier to stomach due to forgetting so much of the third volume, and I have to say that I am still curious to see if this new drive will last or will this attempt of rebooting end to a familiarly disastrous outcomes.

    I guess it is a firm let's see and find out.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • Alison

    This was...not the best. I know there was change in artists and direction of the series here, but it felt extremely disconnected. We are thrown in and basically told that everything from the previous volume was just smoothed over and here's a new storyline! It was a little confusing.

    Also, the new art style just isn't working for me. There are times when I think the art looks lazy. It's like rough draft sketches. It took something I loved away from the series. Though I understand that each artist

    This was...not the best. I know there was change in artists and direction of the series here, but it felt extremely disconnected. We are thrown in and basically told that everything from the previous volume was just smoothed over and here's a new storyline! It was a little confusing.

    Also, the new art style just isn't working for me. There are times when I think the art looks lazy. It's like rough draft sketches. It took something I loved away from the series. Though I understand that each artist as their own style, this was just too different from the original art for me.

    I did think this was a fun journey, back to the quests like the first volume, but it didn't progress any character growth or plot. There are a bunch of new character but I could not tell you why they are there at all.

  • 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.

  • Krista Regester

    This volume doesn't quite flow as well as the first three - but I'm still in love with the Rat Queens <3

  • Crystal Starr Light

    Bullet Review:

    Okay, the question you've all been asking: Is this better or worse than Volume 3?

    Well, I definitely am not a fan of this art style. It's not bad, per say, but it's totally different than what I've come to expect from Rat Queens. Pardon my descriptions, but it feels more realistic, with more lines and details than the art in previous volumes. Also, Gerard looked nothing like volume 3. So, in that case, I'd say 4 is worse.

    I also didn't care that this completely avoided wrapping up th

    Bullet Review:

    Okay, the question you've all been asking: Is this better or worse than Volume 3?

    Well, I definitely am not a fan of this art style. It's not bad, per say, but it's totally different than what I've come to expect from Rat Queens. Pardon my descriptions, but it feels more realistic, with more lines and details than the art in previous volumes. Also, Gerard looked nothing like volume 3. So, in that case, I'd say 4 is worse.

    I also didn't care that this completely avoided wrapping up the events in Volume 3. It feels like Wiebe didn't want to actually figure out how to wrap up the plot in 3 or was told that 3 was too dark and "couldn't we have something lighter". Again, 4 is worse.

    BUT

    And this is a GREAT BIG BUT. Volume 4 was fun. It was really nice to see these adventurers again (including new addition, Braga) doing adventurey things. There were some really good jokes that landed beautifully. And in that regard, I think 4 was better - it wasn't as dark and broody, and it kept things moving along nicely.

    I just hope volume 5 explains how everyone got back together in volume 4.


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