The Ratchet & Clank comic series is a comic series of Ratchet and Clank. The series was written by the same writer of the Ratchet & Clank series TJ Fixman and drawn by Adam Archer. There were six issues, released monthly from September 8th 2010 to February 16th 2011. Each issue is around 32 pages long. The comics are also available as PlayStation Digital Comics for the PlayStation Portable. A book titled Ratchet and Clank was released on 5 July 2011 which was a compilation of all six issues.
The first issue was released September 8, 2010, with the second and third issues set for release on October 20, 2010 and November 17, 2010 respectively. Issues 4, 5 and 6 were released on December 15, 2010, January 19, 2011 and February 16, 2011. A paperback compilation was released on 5 July 2011.
- Ratchet & Clank: Issue 1: Ears of War
- Ratchet & Clank: Issue 2: Friends with Benefits
- Ratchet & Clank: Issue 3: Lost and Spaced
- Ratchet & Clank: Issue 4: Thanks for the Armories
- Ratchet & Clank: Issue 5: Multiple Organisms
- Ratchet & Clank: Issue 6: Bros Before Foes
Issue 1: Ears of War
Ratchet and Clank returned to the Solana galaxy. But when entire planets begin disappearing from the universe without a trace, Galactic President Qwark called them back into action to solve the mystery. As the rest of the universe erupted in panic, the duo must embark on an epic adventure that will pit them against their most capable adversary to date: a Markazian planet thief named Artemis Zogg!
Issue 2: Friends With Benefits
Ratchet and Clank meet Zogg and his chief war-monger, Vorn Garblak. Since he was a fan of the duo, rather than kill them, he imprisoned them in Vartax Detention Facility, where they would not get in his way of building his "Artemis Galaxy." The duo struggle for three months to break out of the facility, until aided by an Agorian prisoner, General Glahm. When about to be ejected from an airlock by the Warden Klink, Cronk and Zephyr come to the rescue, and free the duo. Glahm stayed behind to let the duo escape from Vartax so that they can save the universe. Meanwhile, Zogg punished Klink by throwing him off the airlock, and said he'd lure the duo to him, while eyeing Veldin.
Issue 3: Lost and Spaced
Ratchet & Clank are brought to the Apogee Space Station with Talwyn, Cronk and Zephyr. Talwyn debriefed Ratchet on the situation, telling him that she let the galactic government use her station as a government command post. Sasha Phyronix is then heard scolding Qwark for pleading ignorance while Artemis Zogg stole half the universe, which is reminiscent of his incompetence in previous titles in the series. Talwyn introduced Ratchet to Sasha, while Qwark plans to leave right away because of his troubled position. Just as Qwark was about to leave, Clank says that Zogg would like to know about the Helios Project. Qwark, nervous from hearing the word, said that he'd never heard anything about it, which is met with glares from Cronk, Talwyn, Ratchet, and Sasha. He finally admits that he indeed does know about the project and tells the story.
Sasha then told the Galactic Rangers to ready the EMP pulse to be fired at Zogg's ship, while Ratchet talks to Talwyn who tells him that a search party was sent to search for Zogg after he seemingly ran off after his failed election. At the end of the conversation, Talwyn asks Ratchet how he knew Sasha, but it is unknown if he told her about it yet.
While Cronk, Zephyr and Clank took an oil bath, Sasha told the Galactic Rangers to fire the EMP. Qwark further recalled the events concerning the election. Returning to the present the EMP fails because Artemis Zogg's ship and planet Fastoon teleported in the nick of time before it could be used. Sasha informs Talwyn and Ratchet that he could have moved it anywhere in the universe and sadly walks away. Talwyn tells Ratchet that Sasha's father President Phyronix was on a goodwill trip to Polaris when communication was lost. The scene then changes to Mr. Phyronix being trapped on Zaurik with Artemis Zogg telling him why he was doing his scheme which he said was for the good of the galaxy. Phyronix angrily replies that Zogg is not a president and is a dictator as cruel as Tachyon and more misguided then Dr. Nefarious. Artemis Zogg, ignoring this, offers him a position as his vice president but he refuses and chooses to continue to work in the Trillium mine. Zogg had a flashback of how his plan first began, with him leaving with his Helios device, while Sasha was practicing at the shooting range with Talwyn, while Zogg made his demands over a microphone; he told everybody if they didn't give in, he'll turn off the artificial sunlight coming from his Helios device, thus wiping out all life on Veldin and destroying the planet itself. Zogg offers Ratchet and Clank a choice either turn themselves in to face his justice or have millions of lives killed on Veldin.
Issue 4: Thanks for the Armories
Talwyn and Sasha were attempting to dissuade Ratchet for even considering meeting Armtemis' demands. "We're not letting you walk into certain death and that is final", Sasha said. But then Qwark said, "What if it was not certain? I think I know how to stop him." After the plan, Vorn told Artemis that Ratchet and Clank accepted the demands, but then Artemis noticed that Vorn feels he is being unjust. He harshly scolded him for this, and told him to obey his commands, saying "If you touch those machines I'll use them to geoshift you into the nearest black hole. Understood?"
After a few words with Sasha and Talwyn, Ratchet left in the teleporter to Artemis' ship. His robots immediately greeted him in attack position, ordering Ratchet to put his hands up which he nervously complied. After Ratchets asked Vorn about Veldin he was ignored. The scene switched over to Talwyn talking about Ratchet's well being on this mission, ending with her saying that she originally voted for Artemis Zogg. After an intense, unsuccessful conversation with Artemis, Ratchet secretly has Clank launch a grenade into the room which exploded, scattering the 3 characters. Artemis quickly called in his defense robots but Ratchet gets the upper hand in the fight unfortunately he doesn't know where the bridge is so he's forced to jump out the office after foolishly asking the robots where it was. During the fight, Ratchet asked Sasha's forces to move in and create a distraction while Ratchet searches for the Shard as part of the plan.
Ratchet still had trouble looking for the bridge, so after a few seconds of looking at the ships map board, he randomly chose a hallway which leads to what appears to be an armory. Ratchet fought some robots, and ended up crashing into the room with the shard. Clank then initiated the geoshift to try and move Veldin to someplace warm but Artemis then shoots it and almost shot Ratchet by mistake, when Talwyn crashes her space ship through the window to save Ratchet. She, while providing Ratchet with suppressing fire, then told him to get the Shard which he does. Ratchet then went to the escape pod bay and shouted for Talwyn to follow, but a robot blows up the control panel sealing the door shut.
Clank pleaded with reason for Ratchet just leave with him on the escape pod without Talwyn or Artemis will kill them all. Ratchet complied, and while Cronk tried to contact Talwyn, Sasha sadly told him that her ship crashed and implied she had died. Cronk was greatly saddened, but then the conversation was interrupted when one of Sasha's allies says a transportation orb - escape pod - had launched. At that he needed a final call on what to do after locking on to it. Sasha told him to stand down and track its coordinates, which are obviously, Veldin's coordinates. Ratchet and Clank exited the orb, bewildered that they are home.
Issue 5: Multiple Organisms
Artemis has a conversation with Vorn about how to get back to his galaxy with the geoshirt sphere. Vorn says by conventional travel it will take 13 years,6 months, and 2 days depending on traffic. Artemis disgusted with Vorn's excuse tell him to rewire a teleporter pad if he has to which he can't.
Issue 6: Bros Before Foes
Sasha and the galactic rangers scan for Ratchet and Clank on Veldin and find him in the Planetary Defense Center distraught at the supposed death of Talwyn. Sasha tries to lift Ratchet's spirits eventually getting him to leave back to Talwyn's Space Station.
- Friends with Benefits, Multiple Organisms, Bros Before Foes, the names for issues two, five, six, were all original titles for Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.
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