I've enjoyed his previous series The Intrepids and Green Wake, I passed on Peter Panzerfaust (d'oh!) and this first issue of Rat Queens is instantly memorable.
Rat Queens tells the tale of a miscreant band of female adventurers who like to swear, do drugs and fight. What more do I need to say, really? Instantly a formula for success, Wiebe introduces us to the town where the Rat Queens live, and shows us why they are such a problem around town.
As a penalty for their public fighting, the Rat Queens are sent on an assignment to clear some goblins out of a local cave on the outskirts of town, and thus their/our adventure begins.
While the Queens are on their journey to the cave, we get some foreshadowing of a menace to come when an assassin kills another band of town troublemakers while they are on their assignment to clean some public toilets.
The Rat Queens encounter the same assassin (or someone dressed the same, at least) once they reach the cave, and a swear-filled and bloody battle ensues. While the Queens handle the assassin, with a bit of difficulty, it looks like they will have an even bigger (literally) challenge to face next month in issue #2.
A good start to this new series from a proven writer, and the art by Roc Upchurch is just fantastic. Led by the powerful coloring throughout, the style of this book, visually, instantly grabbed me.
Looking forward to more Rat Queens next month.