Image Comics Review: The Scumbag #2

by Carl Bryan
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Review: The Scumbag #2  


[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Rick Remender

Artist: Lewis LaRosa, Moreno Dinisio

Letters:  Rus Wooten

Colors: Moreno Dinisio  


Reviewed by: Carl Bryan




“Narcotics and Taco Bell ain’t as healthy as everyone says…” – Ernie Ray Clementine – The Scumbag

The Scumbag #2 -“JAZZ APPLE ARMAGEDDON,” Part Two The fate of the world rests in the hands of the worst person on it!
NEW ONGOING SERIES from the writer of DEADLY CLASS! RICK REMENDER launches an all-new comedy espionage series, THE SCUMBAG—the story of Ernie Ray Clementine, a profane, illiterate, drug-addicted biker with a fifth-grade education. He’s the only thing standing between us and total Armageddon because this dummy accidentally received a power-imbuing serum, making him the world’s most powerful super spy.
The Central Authority meets Ernie’s demands to help save the world, and he meets his new partner Sister Mary. Together, they uncover a terrible plot by the terrorist group Scorpionus. Will Agent Scumbag help stop them or join for a bump in pay?
This new ongoing series will feature a murderers’ row of all-star artistic talent rotating each issue. The first issue showcases the stunning work of LEWIS LaROSA, with subsequent chapters and covers by brilliant talents such as ANDREW ROBINSON, ERIC POWELL, TULA LOTAY, WES CRAIG, ROLAND BOSCHI, SIMONE DI MEO, MARGUERITE SAUVAGE, DUNCAN FEGREDO, YANICK PAQUETTE, MIKE McKONE, DAVE JOHNSON, MORENO DINISIO, and many more!


The devil’s in the details.  In this case, it is in the action away from the dialogue.  In the last issue, we literally see The Scumbag Ernie Ray in a drug induced stupor defecating in the streets in front of a crowd. 

Now we see Ernie Ray meeting his new partner in saving the world, Sister Mary, while scratching his nether regions.    Artists Lewis LaRosa, and Moreno Dinisio leave no stone unturned (or region unscratched) in their artistic depiction of this guy!  Whew…. and he sniffs his hands.


Positives 2.0


This is a major adult comic in that you get a glimpse into an underbelly of the world you may not be prepped for.  It’s a horrific adventure with no social awareness or moral thermometer.  Basically, it’s a guilty pleasure of eating three Big Macs when you adhere to a vegetarian lifestyle. 

That meal taste good going down, but you can’t unsee or unsmell the aftermath.


If you are into something really really different and you like uncomfortable clashes, this is your book.  You’ll laugh and wince and roll your eyes. Get in on the ground floor of Scumbag!


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