Review: The Scumbag #7 (Image Comics)

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Francesco Mobili
Colourist: Moreno Dinisio
Letterer: Rus Wooton
On Sale: 14th April 2021

The world’s fate rests with the worst person on it as The Scumbag returns.


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. Now, having rested on his itchy laurels, Ernie’s eager to put a stop to the bohemian terrorist group Moonflower (a groovy chick named Petal might factor in). But when Team Scumbag flies to their lunar base, they come face-to-face with Moonflower’s Mightiest Heroes!

I would forgive anyone who picked up this issue and thought they had taken some mind altering drug because Scumbag #7 is one of the craziest, most bonkers things I have read in a long time. This is certainly a series you need to have followed from the beginning because Writer Rick Remender has crafted a chaotic wild ride which is every bit as insane as it is brilliant. 

With most stories you look for growth and character development but the beauty to this is how much the main character Ernie Ray Clementine doesn’t change. He is still the same person we meet in the opening pages, fuelled by drugs, alcohol and a lust for women even though he is now the most powerful person on the planet.


Another issue and another artist in the form of Francesco Mobili who I think has drawn my favourite issue. Mixed with the colours of Moreno Dinisio to retain that consistent feel I loved the realism to the pages in this issue. The characters look like real people, especially when we meet a group of naked people as they have very realistic looking bodies.

A couple of pages which stand out in this issue are towards the beginning when Ernie battles a villain called The Guilt who has snakes emanating from her hair. Its stunning artwork the way these are used to attach Ernie, at times spanning the whole page to emphasize their reach.

Rus Wooton does a brilliant job with lettering a dialogue and action heavy issue. Sometimes the two don’t go hand in hand but I found the pages to be well structured to include all the action and keep the words flowing naturally. 


I found this to be the best issue of the series so far but you need to have read all the previous issues to understand what the hell is going on. A series which has got crazier with every issue has taken things to a whole new level and is working on every front. Ernie is a disgusting character with unimaginable yet undeserved power and often makes a bad situation worse but man does it make great reading.

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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