Rat Queens took 2013 by storm, then by fire magic, then backstabbed it and took all its gold. Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch started the series with “Gold, Guts, and Grog”, and a story arc has never summarized a story so well. The Rat Queens are rowdy squad of mercenary adventurers who can take words like “rowdy” and make them work in our modern world. It’s a comedy, but the comedy of those desperate to enjoy life because they might be killed by a gigantic orc at any moment.


Their story may be set in world of dungeons and dragons, and there are plenty of jokes for players, but these characters are for everyone. Because they’re very good. They’re all relatable characters with motivations, passions, and aspects other than “warrior is tough, wizard is smart”, meaning they’re better developed than 90% of all fantasy characters. The series is driven an overwhelming sense of fun. It’s only when you finish laughing that you realize you care what happens next.

And that’s the best thing you can say about any comedy.

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