Review: The Scumbag #6 (Image Comics)

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Bengal
Colourist: Moreno Dinisio
Letterer: Rus Wooton
On Sale: 24/03/2021

The world’s fate rests with the worst person on it, Ernie Ray Clementine is back baby!

PLOT AND STORY

He is a relic of a bygone era, the living embodiment of sex, drgs, and rock and roll – which doesn’t make things easy for the spy organization that needs his help. After being bribed and cajoled, and becoming a double agent, Ernie did the right thing and stopped Scorpionus’ evil plan to turn the world’s poor into fuel. 

In this issue Ernie has gone viral, and not in the way you think, Ernie has become an internet sensation by broadcasting his spy antics across social media. Rick Remender has packed this issue full of funny tropes and current day references, including a story about Ernie solving Covid-19, if only!

Mixed in with all the humour and crazy antics is the formula for another upcoming adventure for Ernie and Sister Mary to embark on, and this time in space. With a villain equally as bonkers as the Scorpionus this is sure to be one wild ride.

ARTWORK

Another issue and another artist, this time artist Bengal takes up the mantle of creating Ernie and drug and booze filled adventures. Complemented with Moreno Dinisio’s colours this once again creates a familiar feeling but with a slightly different style. Bengal brings realism to his characters and real emotion to their faces.

There is a two page splash which really stands out in this issue and that is when we enter Ernie’s man cave. A vast room scattered with barely dressed ladies, a pile of cocaine and Ernie dressed in a dinner jacket and the American flag tied around his neck. This is the kind of image you will only ever find in an issue of The Scumbag.

Rus Wooton showing great versatility with this issue by providing multiple variations of text and bubbles to depict the different speech from different characters.

FINAL THOUGHTS

After the first chapter ended last month I wasn’t expecting Scumbag to return so quickly but I was pleasantly surprised when this appeared in my inbox last week. Scumbag is a ridiculous over the top spy comic which focuses on the underdog proving everyone wrong about them, well almost wrong as he still messes a lot of things up and causes chaos everywhere he goes. That’s what makes this series such a fun book to read and people should be checking it out.

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Image Comics and received no incentive to review this comic. All images and artwork are courtesy of Image Comics and their respective owners.

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