Review: The Scumbag #8 (Image Comics)

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Alex Riegel
Colourist: Moreno Dinisio
Letterer: Rus Wooton
On Sale: 19th May 2021

The Scumbag returns with the most fun, most bonkers issue of the series and I loved every single page.

PLOT AND STORY 

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, Ernie finds himself separated from the group and meets Moonflower’s leader, Madam Hive. Our villains need Ernie’s powers to help charge a ray that’ll turn everyone on Earth into like-minded hippies. Blinded by his lust for Moonflower sympathizer Petal, Ernie is tempted to help. Meanwhile, Sister Mary makes her way onto the compound in search of Agent Scumbag while Pam and Brother Wolf tend to their damaged space Trans-Am. Will Sister Mary manage to get Ernie back on the mission, or will he give in to his own hedonistic urges?

This has been the most insane comic series I have read in a while and what Rick Remender is doing is nothing short of genius. Although there is a running story throughout the series Remember manages to create these stand alone plots in every issue. If you picked up issue 8 to any other comic series you would probably struggle to grasp what’s going on where as I feel with Scumbag anyone would pick up this issue and take great enjoyment from it. Ernie is a hero one minute and a drugged up buffoon the next which makes you love him one minute and hate him the next. Ernie Ray Clementine is not the kind of hero you aspire to be but damn does he make for entertaining reading.

ARTWORK 

Another issue and another artist, this time in the form of Alex Riegel. I’m not sure if it’s because I loved the story so much this issue that I loved the art or if I loved the art so much it helped me enjoy the story more but whatever way it is I think this was the best issue to date. The consistent colour work from Moreno Dinisio helps keep every issue along the same tone but Riegel’s work on this issue, especially the whole page action splashes really stood out.

Rus Wooton on lettering again keeps the story flowing and I’m not sure if this is Wooton, artist Alex Riegel or a combination of the two but the sheer amount of awesome WHAM, POW AND BLAMM’s deserves a special mention.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, this is the best issue of the series so far. It’s its own mini story in itself which does need the buildup from previous issues to create the full picture but executed brilliantly so anyone can enjoy. Action packed, blood thirsty and nudity all wrapped up in one crazy and awesome comic.

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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