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Scud: The Whole Shebang Paperback – June 28, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 786 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics; 1St Edition edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582406855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582406855
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an awesome value for 20 bucks, considering the size.
R. Caston II
The artwork leads the story as if a character itself pulling the reader into many mind bending scenes and situations.
Shawn Cier
Great dose of nostalgia this one is, it came in a hurry and I began to read in no time.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By ZenAtWork on September 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
NOTE
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).

ABOUT SCUD
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.

ABOUT THIS BOOK (EDITION)
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 Dan Bergevin VINE VOICE on August 24, 2010
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Scud is a superhero who falls in love, has existential crises, and has to choose between evil and not-quite-as-evil. And as a guy who hates comic book drama, I would happily give this book zero stars based on that desciption.

But I won't. Because Scud is way cool. The characters are awesome, and they all are as human as you would expect. They don't act like automatons programmed to fulfill the needs of the author (or the audience). They feel like real people (and robots, angels of death, etc), with real reactions to totally unreal situations.

Its kind of strange, how this all works out. You end up sympathizing with talking giraffes and spidergods. And you end up wondering whether Benjamin Franklin really is the world's most diabolical hypervillain.

Spend a few hours reading this, and you'll change your life forever. Many comics promise this, but few deliver. This is one of them.
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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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