Author: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Roc Upchurch
Publisher: Image

The first collected volume of Rat Queens is subtitled "sass and sorcery," which nicely sums up Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch's warped vision. The comic tells the story of the Rat Queens adventurers' guild, made up of Dee, an ex-cult member who worshiped a Lovecraftian squid god; Betty, a "smidgen" (read: halfling) who brews her own psychedelic drugs; Hannah, a punk-rock elf mage; and Violet, a dwarf warrior who shaves her beard in rebellion.

Aside from all the sex, drugs, and shenanigans the Rat Queens get into on the reg, the book is one of the rare instances where strong female characters are having more fun than the guys. It's a refreshing reinvention of dusty Dungeons & Dragons fantasy tropes that flips gender stereotypes on their heads.