Comic Book: Ratchet & Clank Comic
A six-issue comic book
series (November, 2010-April, 2011) connecting Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time
to Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
. Returning writer TJ Fixman and artist Adam Archer are in charge of the series.
The plot revolves around the recent disappearance of planets from the Polaris, Bogon and a mystery galaxy. Naturally, Ratchet and Clank get involved in the conflict and aid the efforts to stop Artemis Zogg.
The comic book series contains the following examples:
- Affably Evil: Artemis Zogg.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: For some reason, Ratchet refuses to believe that Veldin was teleported out of the Solana Galaxy. This despite the Technomites and Zoni. He figures it out after a panel or so, though.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: During issue 4, Talwyn spends some time worrying about what's going on Zogg's ship. She concludes the conversation with Sasha by saying: "You know what the worst part of all this is? I actually voted for Zogg!"
- Art Shift: The comics' covers are drawn by Creature Box, which has affiliated with Insomniac on art for the Future trilogy. The actual comic is decidedly less stylized.
- Ash Face: Zogg after the bomb explodes
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: This exchange:
Ratchet: Looks like you guys fixed up the place since I left.
Zephyr: Glad someone noticed. There are a few old-timers too senile to hold a thought for more than two seconds.
Cronk: Hey, I'm perfectly capable of— wow, a space station!
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: At the end of the last issue, while Qwark is talking about how "Good leaders surround themselves with people smarter than them", the reader can see Clank staring directly at him or her.
- Brick Joke: As of issue six, Zogg is trapped in a different dimension, on a chunk of planet with Emperor Percival Tachyon. Though no attention is drawn to it, this is, for the most part, the same fate that befell Nefarious and Lawrence at the end of Up Your Arsenal, and at the end of the short series, they're still trying to locate Nefarious.
- As Ratchet and Clank are being sent to Vartax, Ratchet says "That's it. I'm going to kill Qwark." Later, as Ratchet's being hauled away for being part of a fight, this happens:
Ratchet: Everything's gonna be fine, pal! Just do me a favor!
Ratchet: Kill Qwark for me!
- There's another one late into issue 4 (see Throw Away Guns for the original instance). Ratchet runs out of ammo, complains, and then throws the gun at an approaching soldier.
Ratchet: Why doesn't that ever work?
- Coincidentally, a ship crashes into the aggressors before he and Clank are shot.
- At one point, Vorn mentions that Talwyn bit him after being captured. Later, when she's being used as a hostage by Zogg, she frees herself by biting him.
- Buffy Speak: "Okay, so we're here. But where's the bridge? Is it this squiggly thing? Or the hash mark with the dots?"
- Chaos Architecture: Averted. If you pay attention through the trek across Apogee Station, it's laid out exactly the way it was in Tools of Destruction
- Chekhov's Gun:
- Continuity Nod: In addition to all of the characters who randomly show up after being Put on a Bus (Sasha, Talwyn, Cronk and Zephyr, among others) there are passing mentions of various planets, weapons, and gadgets. Particularly notable are the somewhat-forgotten tether to the Omniwrench, the pocket watch and Alister's omniwrench.
- General Glahm— an Agorian— recognizes Ratchet from the battle in Krell Canyon. This ends about as well as you'd expect.
- Speaking of General Glahm, he references "Jargonian Needle Torture", which was first mentioned by Rusty Pete in Tools of Destruction.
- For some reason, there's a Courtney Gears poster in Ratchet and Clank's cell.
- Clank uses the omniwrench's kinetic tether and ability to hold items to assist in the escape from Vartax.
- At one point, Talwyn mentions using the Alpha Disruptor to blow off some steam. Perhaps that's why it wasn't available in A Crack in Time.
- "[Planet Veldin] will soon become even more useless than it was [before]."
- While Ratchet and Clank are looking for the comet shard aboard Zogg's ship, they crash through the bathroom and into another room. Vorn, who was in the bathroom, can be seen reading a newspaper with Nefarious on it.
- Going back to Azimuth's wrench, Ratchet uses the same energy blast that Azimuth killed him with to drive back Zogg's army. Not two pages later, it's used to block the shelter's hatch closed.
- At the very end of the last issue, when we see what happened to Zogg, Tachyon uses one of the same lines to introduce himself that he did in Tools of Destruction: "Conquerer of space and time". He also insists on being called EMPEROR. You can practically hear him shouting it.
- Cutaway Gag: During the escape from Vartax Ratchet wonders where all the guards are. Cue cut to the mess hall, where the pirate that helped Clank is inciting a riot, wearing trays like armor with a pan on his head.
- Deadpan Snarker: Still Ratchet. For example, the scene in the Vartax air lock:
Glahm: If we are meant to perish here, then so be it. We die with honor.
Ratchet: We will die with garbage.
- Lampshaded by Warden Klink during the escape sequence.
Ratchet: Two death sentences in one day. How many before I get a free tee shirt?
Klink: Ah, the famous Ratchet wit. I've always surmised it would get you into trouble one day.
- Deus ex Machina: As this is the Plumber's stock-in-trade, it would have been disappointing to see the comic go by without him lending a hand where it was least expected. Lampshaded by Talwyn.
Talwyn: Do I even want to ask what he's doing here?
- Duct Tape for Everything: Including keeping Qwark out of harm's way. The best part? Clank was the one who came up with it.
Qwark: Wow. Duct tape is awesome.
- The Easy Way or the Hard Way:
Clank: Any ideas on how to locate the bridge?
Ratchet: Just one. [To the guards firing at them] Excuse me, do any of you— [Gets shot at] Guess we have to do things the hard way.
Ratchet: Me too!
- Foreshadowing: "I like the way things used to be, back when I was just fixing ships."
- In issue 3, Cronk talks about how Zogg was watching them "Like a paranoid Wigwump". All 4 One would later introduce the player to a wigwump.
- Genre Savvy: This is where it starts to become really clear that Ratchet's got these things figured out:
Ratchet: Of course [the universe is] in danger. It's always in danger.
- Also demonstrated by this exchange:
Clank: Why do you suppose they let us live?
Ratchet: Beats me. Maybe whoever's behind this wants to monologue for a little bit. You know, tell us what an evil genius he is before feeding us to a War Grok or something?
- Gilligan Cut: "With any luck, we'll be out of here by tonight." Three months later...
- Heroic Sacrifice: General Glahm on Vartax. He survived, but it's the thought that counts.
- A non-deadly variant, but there's Ratchet's response to the I Have Your Planet thing:
Ratchet: What else can I do?
Talwyn: Something that doesn't involve suicide would be a start!
Sasha: [...] We're not letting you walk into certain death, and that's final.
- There's also Clank activating the E.M.P. so he and Ratchet can escape the shelter under the garage, even though it affected him, as well as Zogg's forces.
- Hero-Worshipper: Not to an incredible extent, but Zogg being a fan of Ratchet and Clank's is why they were only sent to prison. With an omniwrench.
- I Have Your Planet
- I Lied: Not said verbatim, but Zogg didn't have any intention of relocating Veldin.
- On a similar note:
Talwyn: Ratchet, you promised.
Ratchet: I know. I'm sorry, Tal.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: The name of issue 4: "Thanks for the Armories"
- Ineffectual Death Threats: "That's it. I'm going to kill Qwark."/"You say that at least once a year."
- Insistent Terminology: Amusingly, Captain Qwark no longer wants to be called Captain Qwark, despite the "Hero Correspondance Class" gag from A Crack in Time.
Qwark: First off, it's President Qwark, and I have a business card to prove it.
- Ironic Echo: Referencing the ending of A Crack in Time:
Clank: The effect will only be temporary. In theory, my CPU will recycle and boot up within sixty minutes.
Ratchet: So you'll be dead for sixty minutes?
- Note the insistent usage of "Sixty minutes" rather then "an hour". Ratchet unintentionally draws attention to the parallel by retrieving the pocket watch and repeating it again, for good measure.
- Jacob Marley Warning: Not in the traditional sense, but still relevant. While talking to Ratchet, Talwyn notes that guilt and solitude can be a dangerous combination, as evidenced by Azimuth.
- Jerkass: Qwark. Single-handedly responsible for Zogg's Start of Darkness.
- Leave No Survivors: Played with. Here's the line for reference:
Artemis Zogg: I'm sorry, Ratchet. I truly am one of your greatest fans. But I cannot let any of you remain alive to stop me from completing my galaxy.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Qwark going back on his offer to endorse Zogg for Galactic President and running himself.
- Not So Above It All: Clank duct-taping Qwark to a chair. He had reason to, but there were probably better solutions to the problem.
- Not What It Looks Like: The Vartax Warden walks in on a fight between Ratchet and Glahm. All Ratchet has to say for himself is "I know what this looks like, but I was actually winning this one."
- Oh, Crap: Not a verbal one, but, as Clank brings the Helios Project back up, the look on Qwark's face screams this. And it is magnificent.
- Said word-for-word in issue 4, after Ratchet chooses the wrong direction in Zogg's ship.
- Quizzical Tilt: Qwark gets duct-taped into a semi-permanent one. Until the tape rips.
- Retcon: Big Al appears for one page, but his face is normal, despite it partially being blown off in Deadlock. This was probably just an error.
- Retired Badass: See 10-Minute Retirement
- Reverse Mole: Cronk and Zephyr. They were body guards to Zogg before he had a breakdown... so they didn't set out intending to be this, but it worked out.
- Shout-Out: "Clank, I don't think we're in the Solana Galaxy anymore."
- Start of Darkness: Artemis Zogg was an endearing Presidential candidate before Qwark... well, before Qwark.
- Techno Babble: Lampshaded by Qwark. "Those words were very sciency."
- And again, in the fifth issue. Still by Qwark: "I only understood three of those words, but I'm fairly certain that was an insult."
- 10-Minute Retirement: Though it's implied to have been awhile since they've retired, Ratchet and Clank get back into the action very early on.
- Terms of Endangerment: Not what Ratchet meant, but lampshaded none the less.
Ratchet: Easy, pal, no one's looking for any trouble.
Extra 1: General Glahm ain't your pal, furball!
Extra 2: General Glahm ain't got no pals!
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Surprisingly, not Played for Laughs. When Qwark lists off the planets that have disappeared, he lists three from Polaris and one from Bogon. This is a plot point.
- Throw Away Guns: Subverted. Ratchet runs out of ammo in the middle of a fight, and we're treated to this:
Listen, I know you're probably a bit ticked off, seeing as how I shot some of your pals, but if I may... [Throws gun at the robot, beat
] Well, I've got nuthin'.
- Tragic Keepsake: In issue 1, Ratchet is shown to have taken Alister's watch to remind himself of other Lombaxes.
- True Companions: It doesn't seem that Ratchet and Talwyn are romantically involved, but they do love each other like family.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Ratchet's response to the Plumber's obligatory appearance. Talwyn questions this.
- With My Hands Tied: The press assumes that Qwark defeated Zogg this way, since he was tied up with duct tape at the time.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Zogg really intended to help the galaxy... until Qwark turned around and ran for the presidency, instead of supporting him. What makes this particularly jarring is the fact that, in the original game, the same (minus the 'presidency' thing) happened to Ratchet.