Indie Comics Review: The Scumbag #7
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Rick Remender
Letters: Rus Wooton
Colors: Moreno Dinisio
Reviewed by: Carl Bryan
“Hod’d ya think Batman stays up all night?”. – Ernie Ray sniffing cocaine
The Scumbag #7 – “MOONFLOWER,” Part Two The battle on the moon continues!
ERNIE gets separated from the rest of his crew and meets the leader of the evil MOONFLOWER cult. Will she convince him to help her with her nefarious plans with the promise of free sex and drugs? …Probably.
Before we take any step further, perhaps you should read the First Issue online so you know exactly what you are getting into with Ernie Ray.
Francesco Mobili takes over the artistic reins for Scumbag in this issue. We are back at some very solid renderings and intricate pencils and colors. No shortcuts are taken in each frame as they both accentuate action, color, and real clean comic story telling.
Subject matter aside, this comic has featured a lot of great artists. Issue #1 (which can be read online if you are over 18), provided where this comic can be from an artistic standpoint along the lines of the 1980s Conan the Barbarian series, however, Mobill carries the baton well on his turn at the ink.
The scripts of Rick Remender …he knows what buttons to push in terms of politics, world climate, and everything that Ernie Ray either celebrates or despises. Some of the funny quips provided in this issue do reflect political views that are across the board….America is truly a melting pot of ideas. And Ernie Ray has blatant opinions on them.
Remender provides an interesting read on all things government, secret agents, political intrigue, and money as a primary motivator in today’s society. Ernie continues to reign and rant in his own philosophical way. Spoiler Alert…if it involves sex and drugs…the man is for hire. Prior issues involve him as a double agent, but now he is a triple agent.
Sex robot Pam and Petal….sigh! How can these two be vying for Ernie Ray’s moral thermometer? Rick Remender pushes all the buttons with these two and Mobili certainly hits the graphic depictions out of the park. This is an issue you will want to tuck under your mattress as Mom and Dad would not approve.
You get what you get with Ernie Ray. If you are picking this issue up, then make sure you get the preceding issues. When you drink from Ernie Ray’s story, it is because you have a taste for it. Toilets, drugs, orgies and somewhere along the line, there is saving the world. However, the man is triple crossing at this point, so bring a road map to navigate what he utters. it’s all lies…or is it?
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! A Ernie Ray says ” You people don’t know how to party. You hate me because I do!” If you want to catch up, be on the lookout for the trade paperback Cocaine Finger. That tells you all you need to know right there!