Monday, 30 April 2012
'Ratfist' - Doug TenNapel
The first page immediately sets the tone for the rest of the comic with a perfectly normal declaration by the hero, but in a bizarre context. Ratfist wants to propose to his sweetheart, for both emotional and rational reasons, but by claiming it will make him more mature, while at the same time donning a ridiculous rat suit, had me dissolve into a fit of giggles. The rest of the comic is equally funny and absurd. Ratfist definately makes a mockery out of the super hero genre, but in a good natured way.
Ratfist is a good example of how little exposition you need to 'get' the plot. We are not actually given any at all, just dropped straight into Ratfist's crusade against his alter ego's big evil corporate employer. It was impossible to predict the outcome of a single story arc. We go from time travel to reality blending where the writer of the comic is drawn into a fight for his life against one of Ratfist's foes. All bets are off.
Doug TenNapel is responsible for the writing and drawing, but the coloring was done by Katherine “Lemm” Garner. The artwork stands out with contrasting colors, silhouettes, and bold strokes of the pen. It has the same weird and absurd feel as the writing, a perfect marriage.
I would be very surprised if Ratfist was not on my top 5 list of comics for 2012. It was good news when I did some research on Doug TenNapel and found several other comics by him. I have actually already read one, Bad Island, which was great fun.
Ratfist weighs in at 176 pages and is published by Diamond Book Distributors.