Portal 2 Lab Rat

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|name=Portal 2 Lab Rat
|author=*Michael Avon Oeming (project leader, artist)
*Andrea Wicklund (artist)
*Erik Wolpaw (writer)
*Chet Faliszek (writer)
*Jay Pinkerton (writer)
*Ted Kosmatka (writer)wikipediaEnglish language|English
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|date=*April 8, 2011 (Part 1)http//comics.ign.com/articles/116/1160605p1.html Portal 2 Lab Rat - Part 1 on IGN
*April 11, 2011 (Part 2)http//comics.ign.com/articles/116/1160605p1.html Portal 2 Lab Rat - Part 1 on IGN
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{{Quote|You can always ignore your conscience.|Doug Rattmann|Portal 2 Lab Rat}}

'''''Portal 2 Lab Rat''''' is a comic made to bridge the gap between ''Portal'' and ''Portal 2'', and the first official comic set in the Half-Life and Portal universe|''Half-Life'' and ''Portal'' universe. Expanding the history of Aperture Science, its main protagonist is Doug Rattmann, also known as "the Ratman". This is his first formal appearance after indirectly appearing in ''Portal'' and the ''Portal ARG|Portal ARG''.

==Overview==

The first part of the comic was published April 8, 2011;http//comics.ign.com/articles/116/1160605p1.html Portal 2 Lab Rat - Part 1 on IGN the second part was released April 11, 2011.http//comics.ign.com/articles/116/1160605p1.html Portal 2 Lab Rat - Part 1 on IGN

''Lab Rat'' is a full in-house production that was entirely supervised by Valve. It was drawn by Andrea Wicklund (the main story) and the project leader, Michael Avon Oeming (the layouts and the flashbacks), while ''Portal 2'' writers Erik Wolpaw, Chet Faliszek, Jay Pinkerton, as well as Ted Kosmatka (who did most of the writing), made the story.Doug Rattmann
*The Aperture Science Weighted Storage Cube|Weighted Companion Cube
*Chell
*GLaDOS
*Two unidentified Aperture employees
*Henry
*Cave Johnson {{C|Prerecorded message only}}
*The Party Escort Bot
*Aperture Science Sentry Turret|Sentry Turrets
*Dead Aperture employees
*Charles Cardoze {{C|name only}}
*Phil Konig {{C|name only}}
*Christopher M. Pham {{C|name only}}
*Arsenio Navarro {{C|name only}}
*William D. Kent {{C|name only}}
*Al Anderson {{C|name only}}
*Emily Naransky {{C|name only}}
*David C. Self {{C|name only}}
*Doug Hopper {{C|name only}}
*Marc Meaux {{C|name only}}
*Brenda Bogenschutz {{C|name only}}
*James Murray {{C|name only}}
*S.J. Nye {{C|name only}}
*Lazarus Grey {{C|name only}}
*Leve Rage {{C|name only}}
*Robert C. Knoll {{C|name only}}
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==Plot==

===Part 1===

FileDoug running.jpg|200px|right|thumb|Rattmann running through the Enrichment Center after taking his medication.

Part 1 follows Doug Rattmann as he is tracking Chell through the Enrichment Center. He is having a monologue about reality and how the mind sees it, and is shown to be psychotic, forced to take WikipediaZiprasidone|ziaprazidone sic to curb the effects of his schizophrenia. Through the story, he carries a Aperture Science Weighted Storage Cube|Companion Cube that he hears talking to him and giving him advice. The main story is also intersected with flashbacks of the period during which GLaDOS was still being built, showing Rattmann's involvement in the project.

Soon after discovering Chell, it appears he has not taken his medication for a while, and he takes his two final pills, against the Companion Cube's advice not to take them. A first flashback is shown, with a younger Rattmann overhearing two colleagues saying they put cameras in the cameras, something that an unidentified person is not to suspect. While he runs through the facility and makes another mural, Chell reaches Test Chamber 19, and finally GLaDOS' chamber, where she destroys her.

FileChell dragged.jpg|200px|left|thumb|Chell being dragged back inside the facility by the Party Escort Bot.

Then another flashback set in GLaDOS' chamber is shown. There Rattmann is seen working with his colleague Henry, who compares their breakthrough with GLaDOS to WikipediaAlbert Einstein|Einstein discovering WikipediaGeneral relativity|relativity and the WikipediaNASA|NASA reaching the WikipediaMoon|Moon. Rattmann expresses his doubts about GLaDOS' reliability, since she always attempts to kill everyone when being powered.

Back to reality, Rattmann reaches for the surface, where he thinks Chell is. When he finds her, the Party Escort Bot is dragging her back into the facility.

Then a third flashback has Henry showing Rattmann the newly designed Morality Core, which is supposed to tame GLaDOS' urge to kill.

Again back to reality, the Cube tells Rattmann to run away while he is outside, but feeling he is responsible for the whole mess, he prefers to get back inside, and save her.

===Part 2===
FileRattmann Chell Relaxation Chamber.jpg|200px|right|thumb|Rattmann looking at Chell sleeping in her Relaxation Chamber.

Part 2 opens with Doug Rattmann traversing the innards of the facility. The Companion Cube informs him that the anti-psychotic he took in Part 1 is starting to work, as the Cube slowly fades to silence. Doug finds Chell in her Cryo-Chamber in the Relaxation Center, where the Party Escort Bot has placed her. He decides to try to save her by getting to Cryo-Control, but the Sentry Turrets block his way. Finding a panel in the wall, he quickly realizes that GLaDOS' destruction blew the main power grid, and that all the Cryo-Chambers have gone off-line as a result, including Chell's. Doug then attempts to run past the Turrets but is struck down. 

Time for another flashback, this time set after GLaDOS has flooded the Enrichment Center with her neurotoxin. Rattmann, apparently the only survivor, is taunted by GLaDOS about his schizophrenia as he escapes from the main testing facility. While GLaDOS continues to taunt and manipulate him, Rattmann manages to reach the file room where he finds Chell's file, declaring that she's "the one", then puts her on top of the Test Subject list.

FileDoug jump.jpg|150px|left|thumb|Rattmann jumps into the file room.

Back to the present, Rattmann is lying on the floor, wounded by the Turrets, reaches out to his Companion Cube but loses consciousness.

Another flashback begins, involving Henry having a conversation with GLaDOS. During the conversation, she tells him she has lost all interest in killing since she was fitted with a Morality Core and that she would like to perform a recreation of the WikipediaSchrödinger's cat|Schrödinger's cat experiment during "Bring Your Cat to Work Day". She says that, added to the boxes and the cats, she needs a little neurotoxin. Henry, unaware of her malicious intentions, accepts, "as long as it's for science", thus sealing the employees' fate.

Doug regains consciousness, and his schizophrenia has returned. The Cube can talk again and asks about Chell being "the one" and how Doug knew she is, to which he admits it was just a hunch. The Cube then tells Doug to patch Chell's Cryo-Unit in the reserve grid to restart her life support, which works but keeps Chell in an everlasting sleep until she is woken up, "both alive and dead, until someone opens the box".

Exhausted, Rattmann crawls into the bed of a Relaxation Vault, and presumably falls asleep. On the floor, Chell's files scatter on the ground, showing that she should not be tested, as she is abnormally stubborn and never ever gives up.

==Trivia==
FileAperture Science Gravity Gun.png|right|thumb|The Gravity Gun.

*The binary code shown in panel 8 can be translated as "''cake|The cake is a lie''".
*In panel 8, a book titled "WikipediaArt therapy|Art Therapy - The Bennett Way" can be seen. It may be a reference to Walter Bennett.
*Panel 13 features the first visual appearance of the Party Escort Bot.
*Panel 13 also features several references to the ''Half-Life'' and ''Half-Life 2'' story arcs an HEV Suit|HEV and Health Chargers from Black Mesa can be seen on a wall, a Gravity Gun can seen on the table where Doug is working on an Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device|ASHPD, and a Combine Health Charger can be found on top of a shelf.
*In panel 25, the "both alive and dead until someone opens the box" is a reference to wikipediaSchrödinger's cat|Schrödinger's cat. This in itself is also a reference to Chell's cryogenic state while inside the Cryo-Chamber.
*While "Lab Rat" is originally a reference to animal testing, it is also a The Orange Box Achievements|''Portal'' achievement, requiring to acquire the fully powered ASHPD.
*''Lab Rat'' is included in the book ''The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories'', published by Dark Horse on November 16, 2011. The book collects all the comics made by Valve as of November 2011.http//www.darkhorse.com/Books/19-608/Valve-Presents-The-Sacrifice-and-Other-Steam-Powered-Stories/ Valve Presents ''The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories'' at Dark Horse Comics

==Gallery==

===Part 1===


FileLab Rat p1.jpg|Panel 1.
FileLab Rat p2.jpg|Panel 2.
FileLab Rat p3.jpg|Panel 3.
FileLab Rat p4.jpg|Panel 4.
FileLab Rat p5.jpg|Panel 5.
FileLab Rat p6.jpg|Panel 6.
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FileLab Rat p8.jpg|Panel 8.
FileLab Rat p9.jpg|Panel 9.
FileLab Rat p10.jpg|Panel 10.
FileLab Rat p11.jpg|Panel 11.
FileLab Rat p12.jpg|Panel 12.
FileLab Rat p13.jpg|Panel 13.
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===Part 2===


FileLab Rat p15.jpg|Panel 15.
FileLab Rat p16.jpg|Panel 16.
FileLab Rat p17.jpg|Panel 17.
FileLab Rat p18.jpg|Panel 18.
FileLab Rat p19.jpg|Panel 19.
FileLab Rat p20.jpg|Panel 20.
FileLab Rat p21.jpg|Panel 21.
FileLab Rat p22.jpg|Panel 22.
FileLab Rat p23.jpg|Panel 23.
FileLab Rat p24.jpg|Panel 24.
FileLab Rat p25.jpg|Panel 25.
FileLab Rat p26.jpg|Panel 26.


===Misc.===


FileLab Rat cover concept.jpg|Cover concept.
FileThe Sacrifice cover.jpg|Cover of Dark Horse's ''The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories'', including ''Portal 2 Lab Rat''.


== References ==
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==External links==
*http//www.thinkwithportals.com/comic/ Official website (features the full comic with and without speech balloons and wallpapers based on it)
*http//au.comics.ign.com/articles/116/1160119p1.html Expanding the World of ''Portal 2'' (chat with project leader Mike Oeming) on IGN

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