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A six-issue comic (November, 2010-April, 2011) connecting Ratchet and Clank A Crack In Time to Ratchet and Clank All 4 One. Returning writer TJ Fixman and Adam Archer are, respectively the writer and artist 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 contains examples of the following tropes:
- 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.
- 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.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- Qwark was paying attention... for once.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Ten-Minute Retirement
- Ten-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.
- True Companions: It doesn't seem that Ratchet and Talwyn are romantically involved, but they do love each other like family.