Review: The Scumbag #3 (Image Comics)

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Eric Powell
Colorist: Moreno Dinisio
Letterer: Rus Wooton
On Sale: 23/12/2020

When the world’s fate rests with the worst person on it you know you’re in for a wild ride. 

PLOT AND STORY

Let’s get up to speed on this series so far, the world is on the brink of armageddon with a fascist American regime trying to take over in true Nazi style. Ernie Ray Clementine is a down and out, drug addicted loser who just happened to ingest the super powered formula designed to create the ultimate weapon against the government. 

Now if that doesn’t spark your interest then I don’t know what will. Rick Remender has created an incredibly original and hilariously funny story with The Scumbag and his creation of Ernie is a stroke of genius. We have a character who says what he wants to whomever he wants, allowing the book to say a few home truths towards real life political parties without directly saying it to them. Lets remember this is a book of fiction about super powers and sex robots but layered with some very real life comparisons. 

ART

Each issue has featured a different artist and issue #3 brings Eric Powell (The Goon, Batman, Action Comics) to the party. Moreno Dinisio has coloured every issue which helps keep the style and continuity in tact. 

I really enjoy the style of this comic by the way it looks and feels. Its graphic and mature but looks like you are reading comic book in all the good ways. I in particular found the ways Ernie’s face is shown to Express himself to be a highlight. You know when he is shocked, you know when he is angry and you know when he is happy without the words and that is a skill not to be underestimated. 

Rus Wooton completes the creative team with the lettering and impressed me with the way he kept the words far away from the art but kept us connected at times with long sweeping bubbles. 

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Scumbag is a brilliantly funny form of escapism. It has all the qualities of a superhero comic without the capes and cowls. A series which should appeal to fans of Deadpool or Preacher and is some light hearted fun while still being a gripping and engaging story. 

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Image Comics and received no incentive to review this comic.

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