Rat Queens, Vol. 4
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 new artist OWEN GIENI! Collects RAT QUEENS, VOL. 2 #1-5

Rat Queens, Vol. 4 Details

TitleRat Queens, Vol. 4
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 17th, 2017
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781632158994
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Graphic Novels Comics, High Fantasy

Rat Queens, Vol. 4 Review

  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series! Easily one of my favourite graphic stories of all time.Rat Queens, Vol. 4: High Fantasies 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.Rat Queens, Vol. 4: High Fantasies 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.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    Most Definitely Back on TrackI 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 TrackI 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.)
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  • Jesse Nicholas
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Stefan Fergus
    January 1, 1970
    Not as consistently entertaining as past volumes, but two pages made me laugh out loud (first time in a while that a comic’s done that). So, it gets an extra star. Still one of the more interesting, amusing, tongue-in-cheek series published at the moment.
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  • Bonnie McDaniel
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Becki
    January 1, 1970
    Rat Queens is seriously one of my favourite comics of all time. And I am so glad that this issue has the same feeling as the first one. Which made me love them in the first place. They’re back to their drinking and mercenary ways. With the addition of Braga the Orc. The graphics is superb. Gone is the overly robust figures we saw in volume 3. there are some discrepancies from the volume 3 to this one some questions have just no answers. And I am okay with that. I am just so glad that they kind o Rat Queens is seriously one of my favourite comics of all time. And I am so glad that this issue has the same feeling as the first one. Which made me love them in the first place. They’re back to their drinking and mercenary ways. With the addition of Braga the Orc. The graphics is superb. Gone is the overly robust figures we saw in volume 3. there are some discrepancies from the volume 3 to this one some questions have just no answers. And I am okay with that. I am just so glad that they kind of rebooted the series without starting all over and forgetting the first three volumes. I jay hope they keep the tone.
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  • Ron
    January 1, 1970
    Volume 4: High Fantasies drops the Rat Queens plus new member Braga back in Palisade but with additional baggage. Hannah's dad is along providing coffee and other consumables and Violet's brother shows up with his own "team" of adventurers who keep interfering with the Rat Queens' quests. And then there is The Chorus, the "investigative" arm of The United Religions. Why are they in town? And will the Queens survive their temple looting, crevasse crossing, and frog baiting? Read and find out!Than Volume 4: High Fantasies drops the Rat Queens plus new member Braga back in Palisade but with additional baggage. Hannah's dad is along providing coffee and other consumables and Violet's brother shows up with his own "team" of adventurers who keep interfering with the Rat Queens' quests. And then there is The Chorus, the "investigative" arm of The United Religions. Why are they in town? And will the Queens survive their temple looting, crevasse crossing, and frog baiting? Read and find out!Thanks to Image Comics for letting me read and review this volume.
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  • H.
    January 1, 1970
    The strengths of Rat Queens is the interpersonal dynamics among the group, the dungeon crawls/monster-killing quests, and poking fun at both modern life and D&D murder hobo propensities. Volume 4 has a lot of that, and it is all enormously fun.Rat Queens has never been very good at family drama. Unfortunately, I find Violet’s brother as annoying as she does. But, thankfully, he plays only a small role, leaving plenty of time for the more entertaining adventuring.Rat Queens Volume 4 sees the The strengths of Rat Queens is the interpersonal dynamics among the group, the dungeon crawls/monster-killing quests, and poking fun at both modern life and D&D murder hobo propensities. Volume 4 has a lot of that, and it is all enormously fun.Rat Queens has never been very good at family drama. Unfortunately, I find Violet’s brother as annoying as she does. But, thankfully, he plays only a small role, leaving plenty of time for the more entertaining adventuring.Rat Queens Volume 4 sees the Rat Queens back in Palisade trying to get back into the adventuring groove. Braga—orc bruiser—has joined the Rat Queens, and most of the other adventurers in town are either dead or cultists (tentacles from the sky is great for cult recruiting). Violet’s brother Barrie is in town and has started a group of his own, and a group of cult hunters arrives in town, but the focus is on the Rat Queens’ adventures. Oh, and Dee has a book Hiking: The Ranger Way that is changing her life with useful advice like: don’t wear high heels to go hiking. (Dee and the ranger book is my favorite ongoing joke from this volume.)There is a particularly fun fight with a kaiju-sized goose in the first issue that is both action-packed and very funny (mainly courtesy of a smidgen gut merchant who lives inside of the goose, selling mostly the bones of other adventurers.Volume 4 has a different artist (again). He isn’t bad, although he annoyed me with some of the faces he drew (mostly of Hannah).
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  • Matt Britton
    January 1, 1970
    Not up to par with the rest of the series. The author made an odd choice to keep referring to the continuity disconnect with Hannah and her father without actually addressing what the new plotline was. I wouldn't have cared if they just ignored it but these side-references to "happy to be back" formed a big part of the emotional tenor, which was confusing. I spent the first 15 pages thinking this was a dream/coma sequence or something, and that we'd snap back to where the last volume left off an Not up to par with the rest of the series. The author made an odd choice to keep referring to the continuity disconnect with Hannah and her father without actually addressing what the new plotline was. I wouldn't have cared if they just ignored it but these side-references to "happy to be back" formed a big part of the emotional tenor, which was confusing. I spent the first 15 pages thinking this was a dream/coma sequence or something, and that we'd snap back to where the last volume left off any minute.I also found the "cult" subplot poorly fleshed out. It seemed designed to add some gravity and emotional depth, but this series seems to be having a hard time figuring out whether it's a fun romp with blood, drugs, and candy, or something more serious. The feints at depth do not work for me.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I love Braga as an addition to the Queens. The Cat Kings were amusing, as well as The Chorus. The monsters were great. I just felt like the dialogue wasn't quite as good this time around and the reboot was messy, which was what kept me from rating this higher.Edited to add: I decided to look up what was going on with the reboot, and let's just say there are some problematic things going on behind the scenes with this title and I'm not sure how much I want to keep supporting this title, despite h I love Braga as an addition to the Queens. The Cat Kings were amusing, as well as The Chorus. The monsters were great. I just felt like the dialogue wasn't quite as good this time around and the reboot was messy, which was what kept me from rating this higher.Edited to add: I decided to look up what was going on with the reboot, and let's just say there are some problematic things going on behind the scenes with this title and I'm not sure how much I want to keep supporting this title, despite how much fun it has been.
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  • Saruuh Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
    Can I be a Rat Queen, pretty please? I can't fight like Vi but I can swear as well as the rest of them...These girls are a riot, and I freaking ADORED the addition of Braga. Every comic in this is rife with tension and drama and action and snarky awesomeness. There's honestly no better gang than these ladies, and I devoured this volume in one sitting (and wished there was more!) The writing, the art, the characters, their friendships, there is not a single thing I would change. I'm eagerly await Can I be a Rat Queen, pretty please? I can't fight like Vi but I can swear as well as the rest of them...These girls are a riot, and I freaking ADORED the addition of Braga. Every comic in this is rife with tension and drama and action and snarky awesomeness. There's honestly no better gang than these ladies, and I devoured this volume in one sitting (and wished there was more!) The writing, the art, the characters, their friendships, there is not a single thing I would change. I'm eagerly awaiting more!
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  • Mary Beth
    January 1, 1970
    A return to form after the misconceived storytelling and distasteful art of volume 3, Rat Queens is once again a lot of fun in volume 4. Wiebe reunites the titular team (and adds Braga!) for quippy irreverent questing, playfully drawn by new artist Gieni. There's still some darkness creeping at the edges, but it's a welcome counterbalance rather than an overloaded burden.
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  • Anastasia
    January 1, 1970
    I don't get it. Was it rebooted? Why are people different? Actions don't have consequences? It's like they decided to forget parts of the story? Was it on purpose? Confused.And overall very so-so volume. Hope it'll get better.
  • Jaysen Huculak
    January 1, 1970
    Some really good chuckles and gags. Really confused about where this story fits in. Did they ignore the end of Volume 3? This is almost a new beginning and the confusion distracted me from enjoying the book. Still had fun.
  • Nate
    January 1, 1970
    Not quite as good as the first two volumes in the original series, but it's pretty good and I'm happy to see these characters back. This volume started out kind of slow; however, it picked up towards the end.
  • Adam
    January 1, 1970
    In this new arc of Rat Queens, we follow our beloved, sword-wielding queens as they attempt to return to their former glory. It’s definitely a weak plot line (not much happens), but the writing and characters are what drive the story forward. Decent.
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  • Kayla
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this but after reading up on Upchurch and Wiebe Im a little disappointed. I’m glad that we have a new and good artist who I liked and if Upchurch doesn’t return then I think I will continue to read these. I love these girls.
  • Grant
    January 1, 1970
    What happened here? Not much in terms of story and I wasn't a huge fan of the new art style.
  • Rachel Ayers
    January 1, 1970
    I laughed a lot.
  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, I liked the reboot. I am definitely wondering about some lack of continuity from the last trade... unless the title, "High Fantasies" is deliberate.
  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    I read this while I was in a really shit mood, and that may be part of the reason for the low rating, but a lot of the dialogue felt super forced. Like it was trying to capture the feel of the previous books, but missed the mark. Also, how in the heck can you justify completely ignoring that huge cliffhanger from the end of the third volume????
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