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Ratchet & Clank #1 Review

Title: Ratchet & Clank #1
Writer: T.J. Fixman
Artist: Adam Archer
Colorist: Jonny Rench
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Cover: Creaturebox
Publisher: DC/Wildstorm
Release Date: September 2010
MSRP: $3.99

Let me start this off with a bit of a confession: the only Ratchet & Clank game I’ve ever played was Secret Agent Clank on my PSP.  And while I have played the demos here and there, I’ve never actually played a non-portable version.  Even so, that didn’t diminish my experience with the comic.

The story picks up right after the Ratchet & Clank Future trilogy (I’m told), and our heroes are taking a well deserved vacation from adventuring and saving the day.  That is, until President Qwark shows up in dire need of some adventurers to save the day.  Before you know it, Ratchet & Clank are transported to another galaxy, and dropped in the middle of the conflict.

The plot moves very fast, but I think that’s one of the strong points about the book.  The art serves it’s purpose well enough, but I would have preferred the the same unique cartoony style that is used on the cover rather than the relatively tame illustrations on the inside.  What really has captured my interest is the storyline and characters themselves.

Reading these characters makes me want to know more about them, and while it’s not required to enjoy the comic, I definitely get the feeling that I’d get more out of the book if I knew more about their back-story.  The storyline is simple, but it does have a hook, and a good enough cliffhanger ending to make me want to see what happens next.

Overall, I’d say Ratchet & Clank #1 is probably a must-buy if you’re a fan of the property, and you should definitely check it out if you’re just looking for an interesting read with plenty of potential.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go add this book to my pull-list.

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