Ratchet & Clank: Issue 1: Ears of War is the first issue of the Ratchet & Clank comic series. It was released on September 9, 2010 and was later released on the PlayStation Digital Comics store. It was also included in the comic series compilation book, Ratchet & Clank. The story was written by TJ Fixman and illustration completed by Adam Archer. Ears of War begins the story of the comic series set after Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time and the plot is continued in the second issue, Ratchet & Clank: Issue 2: Friends with Benefits. In the comic, Ratchet and Clank are captured by Artemis Zogg and the duo, along with the planet Veldin, are taken to Artemis Zogg's own galaxy.
CreatureBox produced the cover art and Adam Archer completed the interior art. The lettering was by Saida Abbott who also completed the lettering for the other issues in the series and Jonny Rench was the colorist for the issue. The planet-stealing concept for the series was created in a brainstorming session for Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time between writer TJ Fixman and Brian Allgeier. Pages and panels from Ratchet & Clank: Issue 1: Ears of War were used in previews for the comic series.
The comic opens with Ratchet and Clank in the Solana Galaxy on Veldin for some rest and relaxation after saving the universe. In Ratchet's garage on Veldin, the duo attempt to restore a Skyburst 8000. Ratchet makes a mistake causing the Skyburst to shoot up into the air when he attempts to use the forward thrusters. Thanks to Clank's quick activation of a stabilizer Ratchet is saved from being flung into the atmosphere at the last minute. Captain Qwark, now Galactic President of Polaris, arrives in his ship and the three of them go inside the garage to talk.
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