A six-issue comic book series (November, 2010-April, 2011) connecting Ratchet And Clank Future A Crack In Time to Ratchet And 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:
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!"
The Zurkons do to this at one point, too.
Zurkon 1: Die, stupid Lombax!
Zurkon 2: Silly Markazian! Mr. Zurkon will kill you now!
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
Artemis: Applying negatively charged energy to the shard will create a bridge between realities. We tested this with a few grunthors, but were unable to achieve the same level of success as the lombaxes. Things got... sticky.
The Helios Project in general. The dialogue (which is to say, Qwark) wasn't subtle about it at all.
Played oddly straight. Alister's omniwrench which is visible in the background of the first issue, is used in the fifth issue. And then again in the sixth.
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.
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.
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?