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(Rat Queens (Collected Volumes) #3)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  10,315 ratings  ·  1,096 reviews
Having survived the end of the world, the Queens follow Hannah back to where it all began: Mage University. A long perilous journey awaits the Rat Queens as they attempt to find out what happened to Hannah’s father while battling their own demons.

Collects RAT QUEENS #11-15, RAT QUEENS SPECIAL: BRAGA #1, plus extras!
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 13th 2016 by Image Comics
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Kelly Lynn Thomas Volume 4 doesn't answer the questions, but Volume 5 does, if imperfectly. I had to read 5 twice to really "get" it, but considering all the drama with…moreVolume 4 doesn't answer the questions, but Volume 5 does, if imperfectly. I had to read 5 twice to really "get" it, but considering all the drama with the series after the original artist was accused of domestic violence, I think they are getting back on track.(less)

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Sean Gibson
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Things I like:

-Fantasy stories
-Exotic and magical locales
-Ass-kicking lady adventurers
-Macaroni & Cheese (not relevant to this story; I just really like it)

All of these elements are present in this tale of our favorite rodentian royalty, and, yet, I found this volume lacking relative to its predecessors. Why? Perhaps it was the close-up on Hannah, who proves to be a bit less interesting (and even more foul-mouthed) when the spotlight is shining on her (and not as much on her companions); perhap
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2016
I liked the story, but everyone's boobs and butts suddenly became 5 times bigger. ...more
[EDIT: I will no longer be continuing with this series, no matter how much I loved it, because I refuse to support abusers. Roc Upchurch is a repulsive man, and Kurtis Weibe made a very poor decision.]

For more information about Kurtis Weibe fucking over Tess Fowler: Click here

For more information about Roc Upchurch being a disgusting human: Click here

Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery ★★★★★
Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth ★★★

I know a lot of people do not
Sam Quixote
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Hannah’s rebel wizard dad gets into trouble at Mage University so Hannah and her fellow Rat Queens take off to help him. Nothing much happens next!

The third Rat Queens book, Demons, is unfortunately a bit crap because I've enjoyed the series up til now. The story for this arc is veeery flimsy and only gives Hannah stuff to do leaving Betty, Violet and Dee basically treading water for the entire book - even though the Hannah stuff is pretty blah anyway. Betty and Violet go sledding and meet a fr
Norah Una Sumner
3.5 stars

I just want Stjepan back. ❤ Also, I never liked Dee but now she's getting completely on my nerves. My problem? The story was okay but the dialogues were sometimes a bit confusing, the artwork is just.. I don't even know, too clean for my liking? What I want to know is how is it possible for Violet to look really feminine without beard and like a super duper manly girl with beard? It's like it's not the same Violet at all. I'm not saying that I don't like her keeping her beard, I love it
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
So disappointed.Plot was weak and this volume completely lacked humor, sass and gaming references which made previous 2 installments so good.

I don't think I will be continuing Rat queens after this.

Edit 17.11.2016:
I just saw on Image comics Facebook page that that Rat queens are getting rebooted with new illustrator. Unsurprising considering negative reactions following underwhelming volume 3.New #1 is coming out March 1st, so it's time to get excited about Rat queens again.
Um ... what the hell?

This was not what I expected at all. Gone is the humor and pretty much any sort of light-heartedness, and it's replaced with incredibly bitchy and cringey dialogue and a story I almost care nothing about.

The first three issues weren't bad at all. I thought they kind of stumbled along without anything offensive and there were still some pretty funny parts.

Like this:
(view spoiler)

Then we learn about the (view spoiler)
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, 2018
1.) Rat Queens Volume 1 ★★★★
2.) Rat Queens Volume 2 ★★★★
3.) Rat Queens Volume 3 ★★★
4.) Rat Queens Volume 4 ★★


2nd read - I actually liked this a lot more than the first time I read it???

1st read - I am SO disappointed. The art style has changed (but that's because the previous illustrator was arrested for domestic abuse), but I wish Wiebe has chosen a better replacement. The story was lacking and the characters weren't themselves and overall it ju
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I'm pretty let down by this volume. The change in artist threw me off at first but eventually I grew to enjoy the new art style. But the plot felt strange to me and even though it mostly focused on Hannah (who is my favorite) I felt disinterested and bored. Hopefully the next volume is better ...more
May 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Okay, call me Mrs Fusspot, but what's up with this cover?! Dat ass. Those boobs. Did they get stung by some bees from hell??


Let me explain my main annoyances with the new artwork by simply showing you the differences. The mystery of what happened to Dee's ass:

What did happen to Dee's ass? Seriously...Maybe she grew up a little but that wouldn't make any sense when it comes to the chronology. It's not like years have passed between the before and after picture. Luckily, this only mainly effects t
Ashley DiNorcia
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Betty is just too precious.
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it
The Queens are always charming, and I liked this book, but it seemed disjointed. More than once I thought a page was missing, since changes in character/plot were so abrupt.

I'm not sure I'll read any more of the series; it depends on what happens with the artist.
Jesse A
Not bad just not quite as fun as the first 2 volumes.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels

I sadly didn’t enjoy this volume as much as I did volumes 1 and 2. I still enjoyed the characters and the friendships, but I didn’t like the lack of trust among the friends and what that lack led to. It was still fun and entertaining, but not as funny or engrossing as the preceding volumes. On the bright side, there’s a dragon who is obsessed with candy, which was fun. I’ll still continue with the rest of the series, but I was disappointed at the turn the plot took, as well as the tu
Paz R.M.
Oh god, this is the worst. It is not only that the artwork here is inferior (and freaking infuriating with all the sexualized women characters) and that the colouring sucks. It's that the writing went to shit and all of the jokes and sass disappeared from this volume. Way to fuck up the characters. The plot is boring and the characters, as well as the relationship between them, are completely different from the first two trades aaand I don't care anymore. Ugh, what a disappointment.
Dave Schaafsma
This third volume is a character-driven volume focused on Hannah and her Dad, back to Mage University. Betty, Violet and Dee are sort of bystanders here, which is just fine. The first two volumes were sassier and more action-packed, and this one is like stepping back, slowing down just a tad from all this manic bad-assed-ness. Also, a new artist, Tess Fowler, takes over. Not that much happens, really, except a little back story on Hannah. Well, we'll see if this can gear back up to its raucous r ...more
L. McCoy

Seriously. What. The. Hell? I loved the first 2 volumes but hate whatever s*** this is.

What’s it about?
Hannah’s dad is in trouble with a group called the council of the nine and then some hard to follow, convoluted bulls*** happens.

The art is good. Not as good as it was in the first 2 volumes (though given circumstances I can understand why they changed the artist) but it still looks nice.
I’m not gonna lie, this volume still has some great action scenes that are very intense and bloody! I l
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good solid story weaving in more of the back-herstory of our Queens. I like getting to know these warriors and their complicated stories - the subtleties of being frail, broken humans (and other species), the joy of being weird and lustful and hedonistic and self-flagellating.

I love the art - with just a tad difference from the previous artist - that I was hoping she'd stick around.

And then the day after I read this book, I stumbled on this juicy article:

Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, image-comics
Disappointed by this volume. I didn't like the plot, which was too incoherent and lacked focus. I didn't like the new artists. I even didn't like the characters as much, and especially the way their relationships are progressing. Sigh, I have kind of lost interest in Rat Queens, to be honest. Maybe it's just me and the majority of people will find this volume as good as the previous two, but I am done. I don't think I will be coming back for more. ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is quickly becoming my favorite graphic novel series. AND, that's saying a lot considering it's a series about 4 FEMALE rat queens...& anyone who knows me, knows all about my preference for MALE leads. But, this is all about 4 sexy bad ass bitches, who couldn't be any more different from one another but who are close as close can be. And they all totally kick ass, and do it all while being hilarious and hot, and oh did I mention one of the girls has got a beard? #beardporn

I've loved every
Erin Dunn
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Reviews for Rat Queens 1-3 & Outcast Vol. 1 here on my blog-

So Rat Queens Vol. 3 was not quite as good as the first two volumes. Keep in mind with all of the crazy artist changes this has obviously affected the writing. It just felt like something vital was missing in this one. Volume three was not as funny or as good as the first two volumes, but it wasn't horrible either.

Overall since this series was so well done for volumes one and two
Greyson | Use Your Words
Rat Queens Series Ratings:
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery: ★★★★★
Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth: ★★★★★
Rat Queens, Vol. 3: Demons: ★★★★
Rat Queens, Vol. 4: High Fantasies: ★★★★
Rat Queens Vol. 5: The Colossal Magic Nothing: TBR

I read this book as part of my 2018 Library Love binge, where I read as many library books as possible to take advantage of my great local library network before I move interstate!
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really wasn't sure about this volume at first - the introduction is very muddled and all over the place, and it took me a while to realise that this volume didn't pick up immediately where the last one left off (unlike before)! However, once the main storyline for this volume started to come into play, I was hooked.

I really liked the direction this volume took - we get to hear a lot more about both Betty and Hannah's characters and back stories, and in particular Hannah goes through a lot of c
Amy | littledevonnook
Didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the second volume.

I was a little underwhelmed by this one and to be completely honest I'm sat here racking my brains trying to remember what actually happened - so it didn't leave much of an impression!

I still really love this series as a whole - I thought the last volume was awesome, so I will be continuing on once volume four is out.
Michelle Morrell
I'm so conflicted! I love the Rat Queens so much, I consider their stories one of the best things I found last year. They are vibrant, flawed, complex and real. But I just didn't feel it this time.

I know there were some issues with the creative team and they have a new illustrator. So there was a bit of a curve as I tried to adjust to the new style. I feel that some of their charm is gone, as the drawings became more cartoony and cheesecake. Cartoons and cheesecake are fine and great, but this
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, comics
The plot, such as it is, is stretched out way too much for what it is. I can see that there's something being set up here, but it honestly didn't need this much set up. Still, I like the characters, and I like the new art. And I really liked the bonus Braga comic. ...more
Vanessa (Wanderness)
Jan 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Here's how to destroy a great series. ...more
Victoria ♡
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-comics
I was really loving how the story was going for this but sucks the next volume'll be the soft much is unresolved! ...more
Jun 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
What. The. Fuck. Happened. To. My. Favorite. Comic?

I'm well aware of the issues that have plagued the development of this series, and yes, I am aware that said issues will, undoubtedly, have an effect on the final product. But, seriously, what the hell is this?

This series went from consistently earning (and deserving!) 5 star ratings and to a 1 star rating from one volume to the next.

This whole volume was painful. I can find no other way to describe it because that was literally the immediate re
The Rat Queens, a rag tag band of mercenary adventurers, each with their own set of regrets and poor decisions, have stuck together through thick and thin. But when Hannah's dark past starts catching up with them, the trust of the group is shaken.

I really love the Rat Queens as a concept, and I love the world they live in. There are some adventures in here, from their escape from goblin foodies or Betty and Violet's time with a candy-hoarding ice dragon, that filled me with wide-eyed glee. But
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Kurtis Wiebe is a Vancouver, Canada based author who’s been established in the world of comic writing since 2009. For his contribution to the critically acclaimed Green Wake, Kurtis was presented with the Outstanding Comic Book Writer Shuster Award.

Never satisfied with a specific style of writing, Kurtis has branched out to novels, videogames and screenplays. He spends his days at home, writing ab

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