Having established his indie credentials in the neoclassic Creature Tech (2002) and coming off the winning Ghostopolis (2010) and Bad Island (2011) TenNapel introduces a strong vein of political satire in this collected edition of his webcomic. Ratfist is your classic urban superhero, struggling with the tough choice between his rat sidekick and his rat-hating fiancée when, in the midst of investigating the mysterious Simian Icthus Corporation, his soul is accidentally melded with that of a rodent. No page goes by without a heaping helping of superhero parody, groan-worthy punning, or absurdist humor—all with an unusually high hilarity ratio—as the narrative pulls off several genuinely surprising and thought-provoking narrative turnabouts. TenNapel knows how to support his story, too, with his rough-hewn characters that move just as nimbly through wild action as they do through the extremes of parody. He also obviously has a lot on his mind, with commentary on religion, philosophy, morality, and an extreme antiregulatory agenda that only occasionally feels labored and only slightly intrudes on the narrative. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Ratfist, a superhero torn between his rat sidekick, Milt, and his fiancâee, Gina, who is terrified of rats, is investigating a mysterious corporation when his soul is accidentally joined to that of a rodent.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Earthworm Jim creator Doug Tennapel is publishing his WebcomicRatfist, a vigilante-in-tights that satirizes comics, politics,philosophy, and even Tennapel himself! Featuring a forward written byMST3K/RiffTraxx's Michael J. Nelson, and pin-ups by Ryan Ottley, ScottKurtz, Christopher Hastings, and Ethan Nicolle.