RGNRK by JM Ringuet
It’s Ragnarok as a grindhouse biker thriller!
RGNRK retells the story of Ragnarok, the Twilight of the Gods, as a genre piece and a modern take on some core values and ideas, imagined or real, of America. It’s part Mythology, part Grindhouse 70s biker tale, part classic Western, and part Hard Rock lyrics. Trying to smash Grant Morrison with Rage Against the Machine, or something like it.
Creator JM Ringuet is a critically acclaimed comic artist (TRANSHUMAN, SPARKS) and writer (STOLEN SUNS), as well as colorist (LORDS OF MISRULE, NIGHT AND FOG, DEATH COMES TO DILLINGER WARHAMMER 40K). He has also done work as a concept artist for videogames and full length feature films by directors Clive Barker and Ryuhei Kitamura.
RGNRK may be based on Norse mythology, but its story is fiercely modern – gritty, fast-paced, action-packed, blood-soaked, and cool as hell. JM’s script offers a unique and powerful take on the violence and drama inherent to the stories of gods and monsters, and then he cuts out the fat to make it lean and accessible.
The art for RGNRK is highly stylized. Dynamic and wild lines with intense digital color throughout. The visuals capture the mood of “grindhouse” perfectly, with an eye for design and layout that is aptly over-the-top grandiose, reminiscent of Miller’s 300.
Following the events described in the myth of Ragnarok (the Norse version of “Armageddon”), RGNRK tells the story of the last battle between a gang of outlaw bikers and the corrupt Sheriﬀ of a corrupt town.
A biker/hotrodder gang led by Otto the patriarch and owner of Val’s Junkyard has been living just outside of the city of Arcadia for years. They live in the margins of society and on the edge of the law, they are free-spirit incarnate, the last pioneers, the made-up ideal of the great American rebel.
The main character of the book is Titus, a rather violent but straight-laced biker, and the right hand man of Otto. He carries around a sledgehammer as a way to deal with obstacles in his path. His main antagonist is Sheriﬀ Kurtz, the highly corrupt and fascistic enforcer of Arcadia. Kurtz wages a seemingly endless war on Otto’s gang, because they represent exactly what the modern society of Arcadia rejects.
RGNRK is the story of how a few brave and crazy rebels fight for what they believe in, against a group for whom nepotism, cronyism, corruption, and petty bureaucratic fascism are the rules of the game.
And how the bad guys triumph, even if they pay for it.