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Product Details

  • Paperback: 786 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics; 1St Edition edition (June 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582406855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582406855
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By ZenAtWork on September 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I had no intention of writing a review for this, until I saw how diminutive the other is (there's only one at the time of this writing).

What can one say about Scud? Scud is one of the more eclectic, bizarre comics out there. Oddball pop-culture references wrapped in a macabre, twisted sense of humor abound. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, think of it as a mix of The Tick (Edlund's version), and Lobo.

The story itself follows the adventures of a disposable robot whose duty it is to dispose of a target and then self-destruct. Through an accident of fate, Scud realizes the catch-22 of his charge, and compromises by permanently (he thinks) incapacitating his target, doing assassination side-work to cover the life-support bills.

As the storyline progresses, the reader becomes aware that "Jeff", his initial target, is in fact an instrument of biblical prophesy, and his actions have resulted in his now being firmly enmeshed in a titanic struggle between heaven, hell, psychotic robots, and the lunatic fringe of civilian society.

This is a truly strange, yet uncannily satisfying series, but, like the original Tick comics, are almost entirely out of print. Thus, this edition, the Whole Shebang, a graphic novel encompassing ALL of the issues released (plus a few bonuses more) is fully worth it. There won't be any more, and, with as peculiar of a demographic as this book targets, even it won't be around long, most likely.

This book contains the whole run of the series, including the four-part resolution, published after Scud's ten-year hiatus (the author, Rob Schrab, had decided he wished to focus on other projects, leaving his readership hanging with a decade-long cliffhanger).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Martineck on August 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The final four issues of Scud came out this year after a 10 year hiatus. That's a long time to wait for the end of a story. Fortunately it was a very satisfying ending, managing to wrap up a number of loose ends that barely seemed connected at first. Who knows what the story would have been had Schrab never decided to shelve Scud for so long, but I don't know if it could have been much better.

Scud: The Disposable Assassin was just about the most bada** thing I'd ever read when I picked up my first issue back in the mid-90's. The story takes place in a future so wild and lawless that robot assassins, or Scuds, can be purchased from vending machines (called "venting machines") for pocket change. The main character is one of these assassins.

During a violent battle with his target, Scud discovers a warning label on his back that says he'll self-destruct upon elimination of his target. Not wanting to die, Scud critically wounds the target, puts her in the hospital, and begins freelancing to pay the bills.

The adventure that follows takes Scud around the planet, into outer space, through multiple dimensions, to the center of Earth, and to Heaven itself. Yeah, it's epic. It's also hilarious.

Along the way Scud makes friends with a stuff-collector named Drywall, who has miles of storage space inside his body from which he can pull objects at will (though what exactly he pulls out isn't always predictable). He makes an arch nemesis in Voodoo Ben Franklin (apparently the original Ben Franklin, just more evil). And he falls in love with a mysterious robotophile named Sussudio.

If you like stories about zombie dinosaurs, werewolf astronauts, android mafias, things getting all explodey, robot-on-human love, endless amounts of senseless bloodletting and dismemberment, and cowboys, then Scud might be something you should check out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Pryzby on May 11, 2010
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When I bought this book, I expected a average, vol. 1 sized book. "I mean, the comic never lasted very long! How long could it be?" Very. It's an incredibly thick book, with great artwork from one of the most creative guys out there, Rob Schrab. You may know his other works, the unaired pilot for Heat Vision & Jack, the Sarah Silverman Program, Ringwald and Molly, and the movie that never quite reached the greatness it could have, Monster House. As I said, the art is great, stylized and very slick. The dialouge is great too, so it's no wonder the same guy who wrote this went on to create Community. WIth all of those compliments, there are some complaints I have about the book. First, it strays away from the basic idea of this robot assassinating people to keep his original target around halfway through the series. I think they could have done more with that, but I guess they decided that it wasn't enough, which is disappointing. Also, it can be hard to tell what's going on sometimes because of the chaotic illustrations. It requires a lot of attention. Now don't get me wrong, this is the best comic I have ever read (IMHO), but that doesn't mean it's perfect. As far as comic go, it still comes pretty close. 9/10
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Blalock on October 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
rob schrab is an amazing storyteller. his comic, scud: the disposable assassin, tells the story of a vending machine robot killer hired to assassinate a weird creature inhabiting the bowels of a manequin factory. during his quest the scud discovers that as part of the heartbreaker series he will self-destruct upon termination of his target. with a hearty "screw this!" scud instead chooses only to incapacitate his heavily murderous prey and takes it to a hospital. now scud has to find a way to pay the life support bills so he can keep on lving, so why not go with your strengths? taking on a new job for the mob, scud heads off on a series of adventures that include mutant hank gritt cultists, werewolves and the demon-worshiping resurrected benjamin franklin; and that's just the beginning! in the end, scud will have to make a choice that effects the entire world. scud: the whole shebang does a very nice thing by collecting rob schrab's rare works into one collection which includes the last 4 issues that were released just this year (10 years between issues is a long time to wait). not even ebay has every issue of this series up for sale. the one thing i will say about this collection that was disappointing is that it scraps a very important page from each issue, that being the "suggested voice talents" page, which sets out a star studded cast of hollywood favorites to listen to in your head as you read each different character's speech bubbles. this cast includes john malchovich as scud, gweneth paltrow as sussudio (the love interest) even tommy lee jones, bruce campbell and a host of other noteworthy voices. but considering you'd be hard pressed to find the original issues, this collection is still worth having. the special edition even has a cloth bookmark tassle, like the bible! only better! for anyone who loves comic book action, comedy and drama, scud has it all.
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