Review: Scumbag #5 (Image Comics)

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Wes Craig
Colourist: Moreno Dinisio
Letterer: Rus Wooton
On Sale: 24/02/2021

Agent Scumbag faces his ultimate challenge and will he do the right thing or will he do the right thing for him?

PLOT AND STORY

As the arc of the story comes to an end we see Ernie and Sister Mary face their toughest task yet. We learn the source of this miracle green fuel and I admire the way Rick Remender wraps up this chapter while leaving all the cards still on the table for when we return next month with part 1 of the next chapter ‘Moonflower’.

Scumbag is one of those series I feel people will either love or hate. It takes all the traits of a James Bond story but flips it on its head with a super spy more related to Johnny English. But the story has that huge, world threatening scale of a Bond movie and that’s what is gripping readers every issue. Ernie is as clutz and as per the tagline ‘The worst person’ he really is stupid but we can see him grow and mature in very small ways.

ARTWORK 

A series taking a bold risk with a different artist every week but I think this might just be my favourite. Wes Craig is on artistic duty on this issue and although in sync with previous issues I thoroughly enjoyed his style. A few pages early on really grabbed my eye the way one image is split across multiple panels creating a unique and modern feel. One of those pages in particular has 15 panels which might seem like a lot but it works very well.

The details in characters faces is something which also stands out in this issue. You can get a genuine feeling about what’s going to happen without the need for words and that’s a special talent. Retaining that level of continuity with previous issues is down to Moreno Dinisio who again provides the beautiful colours. Also returning on lettering duty is Rus Wooton and I think it’s these two constants which keep the book from feeling disjointed with a different artist every issue.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

A great conclusion to the first chapter whilst leaving plenty of unanswered questions to keep readers coming back next month. Ernie is a terrible human being but is slowly winning me over and fans of an underdog tale will enjoy this series. It’s James Bond meets XXX meets Trainspotting which seems like a crazy blend but it’s really working.

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

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