Ratchet & Clank #1
Written by T.J. Fixman
Illustrated by Adam Archer
Colored by Jonny Rench
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
Cover art by Creaturebox
Published by DC/Wildstorm
Every time a video games-based comic arrives in my mailbox, I experience a moment of trepidation. I don’t game and have absolutely no knowledge of the Ratchet & Clank games, so it’s certainly possible that some element of the game’s universe could act as a story linchpin for some readers yet slip completely past my notice. So I read with the tack that this comic could possibly be someone’s first exposure to the characters and concepts. To date, video game-based comics have left me cold; however, with this approach in mind, Ratchet & Clank #1 really works.
According to DC/Wildstorm’s press materials, T.J. Fixman, the comic serial’s scripter, wrote for the Ratchet & Clank Future trilogy video games, and his familiarity with the R&C universe is apparent. The characters’ voices come across confidently and distinctly, fitted with a playful humor. The plot moves quickly, introducing Ratchet’s internal conflict and setting it against the external threat.
Illustrated by Adam Archer and colorist Jonny Rench, the pages come alive with vibrant images. The panel-to-panel storytelling is effective, but Archer’s animated facial expressions and body language are the artistic highlight, nicely suited to Fixman’s light-hearted and adventurous script.
If you’re halfway interested in the Ratchet & Clank game series or light-hearted, high-adventure, Ratchet & Clank #1 offers a frivolous and enjoyable afternoon read.