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Ratfist Paperback – January 3, 2012
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Ratfist began as a webcomic that released one page a day, so there is a gag at the end of almost every page. In this way, it kept me constantly laughing. Not all of the humor is simple gags, however. TenNapel takes shots at everything from politics to religion (but not in an offensive way) and also includes plenty of situational humor. Even some of the illustrations made me laugh; they can be crazy!
The art style is chaotic, but not sloppy. The colors are spectacular. As an cartoonist myself, I was able to greatly enjoy its beauty while reading. The characters are very expressive.
The story is interesting. It starts off being relatable, being about a relationship, but then it gets crazy, then crazier, then insanity ensues, but closes quietly - the ending is so touching it almost made me cry.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who isn't uber-sensitive to political or religious issues (you'd have to be pretty serious to be offended by this light-hearted humor, though). It's worth the money, and is readable multiple times (I keep discovering deeper ideas re-reading it).
Because it's Doug you know that the story will take care of you and bring it all together to a satisfying end.
As insane and ridiculous as the setup and universe is that he creates, the story ends very seriously, with themes of sacrifice, friendship and courage.
If I had to tell you what it was about in one sentence, it would go something like this:
Even the most selfish of us can surprise and confuse those who think that honor, love, and hope are fictional.
The book has all sorts of extras as mentioned in the description. I poured over the web comic when it was online -- but I am very glad to have the book in my collection.
If you haven't read anything from TenNapel, this could be a good first graphic novel to tryout.