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Ratchet and Clank #1

Ratchet and Clank got their own comic book! That’s right, the duo from the best selling Sony video game franchise have made their leap to the pages of their very own Wildstorm comic! Being a huge fan of the series, I thought it my duty to report to the fine folks of the internet about this most fortuitous event!

First off, let me say that although I’m a big fan of Ratchet and Clank, I wasn’t expecting all that much from this comic. Most video game to comic adaptations aren’t worth the time, and usually tie-in to an upcoming release. R&C however is it’s own stand alone comic story, thankfully. The first issue takes place some time after the events of the most recent R&C: Future game, A Crack in Time. Our heroes have been enjoying some much deserved downtime when their old ally, Captain Quark, now president of the galaxy, comes to enlist their help in finding some missing planets. Yes. Missing planets. Ratchet is reluctant, due to the events of A Crack in Time, but whether they like it or not, they get pulled into the fray when Veldin, the planet they’re on, gets teleported to another galaxy!

The writing, by T.J. Fixman, actually matches the games pretty well. While I was reading, I could hear the voices of the characters as I went through the comic. That’s thanks in big part to the amazing job the voice actors did in the games, but also to the writing, which captures the characters tones and inflection.  This is probably because Fixman is one of the writers responsible for the games themselves. A smart move on Insomniac and Wildstorm’s part.

The art, by Adam Archer, however is only adequate. his proportions and style don’t match the R&C universe established in the games, and for a die-hard fan, it’s difficult to get past. His robots and spaceships are excellent, but some of the magic of the games gets lost in translation, in big part, due to the artist. He’s not bad, by any stretch. He’s just not a good fit for the R&C style. If the interior pages were more like the cover art, though, the comic would be a perfect representation of the games. Creaturebox has worked on the games, and as such, their art is a direct 2D representation of the games. But with Creaturebox working on the next R&C game, All 4 One, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see an entire comic drawn by them.

Overall, Ratchet and Clank #1 delivers a pretty good dose of R&C fun, and has laid the groundwork for what promises to be a cool story with some good laughs along the way. If you’re a fan, then I suggest you pick it up, for sure.

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