Rat God #1

8 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Story: 8/10

Fantastic narrative.

Artistic style could be off-putting.

Rat God #1

Written and Drawn by: Richard Corben
Published by: Dark Horse


Recent Will Eisner Hall of Fame inductee Will Corben kicks off a creator original title, Rat God, with the same powerful ability to tell stories and create a strong narrative. Incidentally, I’m glad to se Mag the Hag back in the narrative duties that I had become acquainted with for the Poe adaptations. Rat God’s story is a difficult one to describe and seems to easily wander through various timelines. Issue one is a story of people who are desperately lost in the woods, and something is there with them.

Our story kicks off with an Indian couple running from rival tribes who are hunting them, and as we stumble upon something powerful and frightening, we are shunted into the turn of the 20th century when our story leaves an unsavory character in a predicament.

Rat God’s narrative and use of multiple timelines demonstrates Corben’s ease of setting an environment, time and dramatic elements. I was enthralled to learn more of our characters from beginning to end, and the divergence in time lines increases my curiosity to know more.

Artistically, our characters look as if they were designed on Easter Island, however, the character designs, facial acting, and use of action clearly illustrate the visual elements in the story and enhance the reading experience the way an illustrated story should. Pick Rat God up, and see how the pros tell a story through a visual medium.



Author: Peter Schmeiser View all posts by
Peter fancies himself a comic book critic since he is one of the last comic book readers in southwest Florida. When he isn't reading and writing reviews for movies, TV and comic books, he’s binge-watching shows, marathoning movies, podcasting, and performing classical music.

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