Image Comics Review: The Scumbag #4

by Carl Bryan
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Review: The Scumbag #4


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

Writer: Rick Remender

Artist: Roland Boschi, Eric Powell, Moreno Dinisio

Letters:  Rus Wooten

Colors: Moreno Dinisio

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan


“It’s not the size of the penis…it’s the depth of the vagina!” – Ernie Ray Clementine – The Scumbag

The Scumbag #4 – “JAZZ APPLE ARMAGEDDON,” Part Four
The hottest party around is in full swing, and Ernie’s on the guest list! With Sister Mary there to keep him on track and Scorpionus agents in sight, what’s the worst that could happen? Dress is optional—scumbaggery is guaranteed.
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.
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!


Eric Powell continues  the artist duties this issue and he returns it back to the subtleties and fine lines that really leap off the page in the first issue.  Even though we are dealing with one of the most grossest humans ever in any form of literature, there is a big appreciation for drawing him with panache and style.  I appreciated last issue, but this one really pops with detail.

Kudos to Powell for his work on this book as I’ll certainly follow him in comics due to his work on that gold Trans-Am he splashes across a two page spread.  I’m almost hoping this book is turned into a R rated screen play for a movie. 

Positives 2.0

Rick Remender really provides a good versus evil political establishment story where the rich can buy anyone and everyone has a price.  Even as virtuous a speech that Ernie Ray erupts into by the offer to work for Scorpionus, we as readers are left with a bit of a cliff hanger.

Will Ernie Ray do his “job” for the government?  Or will he sell out?  This character has been built to surprise so I am not sure how he will go.  And that is the best thing about Scumbag…no one knows how this cannon will fire.  Great story telling Mr. Remender!



You get what you get with Ernie Ray.  If you are picking this issue up, then make sure get the preceding issues.  When you drink from Ernie Ray’s story, it is because you have a taste for it.  Whew!


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!


4outof5 DC Comics News

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