Rat City #1

Rat City #1

Illustrated by: Ze Carlos

Cover Art by: Ze Carlos

Written by: Erica Schultz

Release date: April 10th, 2024

Image Comics

*Minor Spoilers Ahead

The EXTRA-LENGTH first issue of RAT CITY has finally arrived. Peter Cairn is an ex-soldier, an amputee, and a Hellspawn in a post-war future. But Peter’s not dead like Al. Peter got his Spawn powers from the nanites in his prosthetic legs-nanites that were affected when Al Simmons initiated his necroplasmic detonation in the present. Al had no clue that the effects would ripple across not just space, and but time as well.

In the ever-evolving landscape of comic books, “Rat City #1” emerges as a gripping blend of sci-fi futurism and supernatural intrigue. Helmed by acclaimed writer Erica Schultz and brought to life by the dynamic artwork of Ze Carlos, this inaugural issue plunges readers into a world where the boundaries between man and machine blur in a dystopian future.

At the heart of the story lies Peter Cairn, a former soldier grappling with the aftermath of war and the loss of his limbs. But Peter’s fate takes a dramatic turn when he becomes intertwined with the legacy of Spawn, the iconic anti-hero of the underworld. Infused with Spawn-like powers through the nanites in his prosthetic legs, Peter embarks on a journey that blurs the lines between heroism and damnation.

What sets “Rat City #1” apart is its bold fusion of familiar elements from the Spawn mythos with a futuristic cyberpunk aesthetic. Erica Schultz deftly navigates the complexities of Peter’s character, crafting a protagonist who is both relatable and enigmatic. As Peter grapples with his newfound abilities and the moral dilemmas they entail, readers are drawn into a narrative that is equal parts exhilarating and thought-provoking.

Visually, Ze Carlos delivers a tour de force with his evocative artwork, capturing the gritty urban landscapes and visceral action sequences with stunning detail. From the neon-lit streets of Rat City to the explosive clashes between adversaries, each panel is a testament to Carlos’ talent and vision.

While “Rat City #1” sets the stage for an ambitious new series, it’s not without its minor flaws. Some readers may find themselves wishing for more exposition to flesh out the intricacies of the world and its characters. Additionally, the convergence of various comic book tropes and influences, from Agent Venom to Spider-Man 2099, may occasionally feel overwhelming for those unfamiliar with the broader mythology.

I really gotta say that “Rat City #1” is a bold and promising start to what could become a standout addition to the Spawn universe. With its blend of compelling storytelling, striking artwork, and bold thematic exploration, this series holds the potential to carve out its own niche in the annals of comic book history. Whether you’re a longtime fan of Spawn or simply seeking a fresh take on the anti-hero genre, “Rat City #1″ demands your attention and sets the stage for an exhilarating journey into the unknown.”

Rat City #1 is available on our new comic book wall and can also be placed on your weekly pull list.


A Cyberpunk Spin on a Classic Anti-Hero Tale

Colors - 9.8
Design - 9.8
Illustration - 9.8
Narrative - 9.8
Subplot - 9.4


In the series premiere of "Rat City," ex-soldier and amputee Peter Cairn gains Spawn powers from nanites in his prosthetic legs, influenced by Al Simmons' actions. Written by Erica Schultz, it's a unique blend of Agent Venom, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Man: NOIR, and Spawn, marking the first Spawn series by a female writer. Set in a post-war future, the cyberpunk aesthetic and stunning art by Ze Carlos promise an intriguing new take on the Spawn mythos.

Genre: Superhero
Series: Rat City | Illustrated by Ze Carlos
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