They have released a two-page preview on their Tumblr. From this early look, it appears that the series will be a very humorous take on the sword-and-sorcery style of story.
Most interestingly, Image will be releasing weekly installments of Rat Queens for free on their website in the run-up to the publication of each issue. This is an experimental move for the renowned independent publisher, and followers of the digital comics market will be watching with interest.
While not stated explicitly in the press release, as to whether Rat Queens would be an ongoing or limited series, we reached out to Wiebe on Twitter and he had this to say:
@CrusaderZero6 yessir! 10 issues a year, 5 months straight with 2 month breaks for tpb release.
— Kurtis J. Wiebe (@kurtisjwiebe) July 24, 2013
The complete press release can be found below. As always, stay tuned to Capeless Crusader for more as it breaks!
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[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]
New Image Comics comedy adventure series by Peter Panzerfaust creator in September
They’re not your typical band of high fantasy adventurers: Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric, and Betty the Hippy Hafling Thief. These women are the stars of the new Image Comics/Shadowline series RAT QUEENS, and they’re the deadliest grog-guzzling, death-dealing, battle-maidens-for-hire in Palisade.
In this new series by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Peter Panzerfaust) and Roc Upchurch, starting in September, the Rat Queens are taking on the quest of a lifetime… or at least the quest that’s going to get them out of the latest jam they’ve found themselves in: clearing out some pesky goblins from a cave. But these aren’t just any goblins, and Hindman Cave isn’t just any cave.
“I suppose it’s obvious at this point that this is a love letter to my years of Dungeons and Dragons and fantasy but tweaked ever so slightly with a modern twist,” said writer Wiebe, who collaborated with Meg Dejmal to round out his characters in an interview with IGN. “Rat Queens is a title I’m super excited about. This is a series I’ve wanted to write for years but never felt quite ready to do it.”
Wiebe met his collaborator on Rat Queens, Roc Upchurch, at Comic-Con in 2011.
“A fantasy setting with female leads is pretty much the dream for me, so I’m having the time of my life with Rat Queens,” said Upchurch, who has previously drawn the Image series VESCELL, written by Enrique Carrion. “Creating these characters was both fun and challenging. The girls have very different personalities, so I wanted them to have very distinct and unique costumes to reflect that. The world itself is so fun to draw. I want this to be a place that fans of fantasy would want to live in with characters that they would want adventures with.”
A Rat Queens webcomic by Wiebe, Dejmal, and Upchurch will run each week on the Image Comics tumblr until the release of the first issue on September 25. Wiebe has also spoken to the L.A. Times and USA Today about the upcoming series.
“Rat Queens #1” — including a special variant edition with a cover by SAGA artist Fiona Staples — can be pre-ordered now from the July issue of Previews (Diamond Code JUL130404).
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor, and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.