Whilst perusing my Twitter feed I was reading the tweets of Kelly "Coelasquid" Turnbull of the amazing Manly Guys Doing Manly Things webcomic (seriously; read this one and try not to crack up) when one tweet in particular caught my eye:
Oh yeah, Doug TenNapel (of Earthworm Jim fame) has a webcomic! http://ratfist.com/
Earthworm Jim, while a touch wonky on the controls, was an amazing work of absurdist humor during the 16-bit era. Synopsis for the uninitiated: Professor Monkey-For-A-Head built an Ultra-high-tech-indestructible-super-space-cyber-suit on commission from the evil Queen Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-filled, Malformed, Slug-for-a-Butt to conquer the galaxy. The suit is stolen by a rebel who is chased down and shot out of the sky above Earth by Psy-Crow. The suit plummets to Earth and happens to land on an earthworm named Jim and mutates him into a large, intelligent earthworm capable of operating the suit, when the suit isn't operating him (the suit will pull Jim out and use him as a whip for melee attacks, for example). Overhearing Psy-Crow's plans with Queen Slug-for-a-Butt, Jim decides to put a stop to her plans and rescue her sister, Princess What's-Her-Name. It doesn't get much more absurd than that.
Earthworm Jim was a game that I enjoyed during the Super Nintendo days, save for Bob the Evil Goldfish's stage, so hearing that the creator is trying his hand at a webcomic immediately piqued my interest. Sadly, there's not much to read just yet. TenNapel has just started the project, so as of this writing there are only five pages up for viewing, but the pages that are up are very entertaining. We have Ricky, a man pushing 40, dressing up in a rat costume to fight crime with his sidekick Milt, who happens to be an actual rat. I also have this suspicion that Ricky is eventually going to have a rat for a fist, though I can't be sure yet. The art is gorgeous and of very high-quality, and the talent on display makes me green with envy.
It's a touch frustrating that there's not a whole lot more I can write about Ratfist since there's so little to consume at the moment. However, the initial presentation combined with TenNapel's pedigree means that this is going in my webcomic rotation. I have high hopes for the future of this project, so go check it out and see if you agree.