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Schlock Mercenary: Under New Management Perfect Paperback – May 19, 2006
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Hard science fiction is hard to do. Comedy is also hard to do. Comedic hard science fiction is like catching neutrinos with tissue-paper. Howard Tayler pulls it off, each and every day. He must own stock in Kleenex. --Eric A. Burns, Websnark
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That should set the tone for a graphic tale of graphic WHOOM!, often presaged by an ommmminous hummmmmm.
Aliens, mercenaries, carbosilicate amorphs politicians, fast food, union goons, contracts, even a contract to exterminate the lawyers of the galaxy (Dangit, Howard! We need more of that).
This may be the most consistently funny comic on the web, with no diversions into "art" or "relevance." Tayler eschews current events and ephemera and just sticks to plot, action and character, which makes the best points of all.
And remember: There is no "overkill." There is only "open fire" and "time to reload."
"Sometimes you have fun, sometimes the fun has you."
Howard Tayler takes his own brand of humour (clean family fun that spans generations) and mixes it up with intrigue and plots across the galaxy with a band of Space mercenaries led by their Captain, Tagon and supported (as in weapons support) by the 'main' character Sergeant Schlock... a carbo-silicate amorphous lifeform (read: big blob of green gunk with eyes).
Whilst this is technically not the start of the series, it's easy to catch up with the characters and who they are. All the comics are available online, as is a character introduction. However, the books are something special.
Howard really believes in giving you your moneys worth, Not only do you get high quality "sunday-style" colouring all the way through (same colouring techniques as used on the Sunday long strips online), but there are loads of extras in the form of Notes, Sketches, Margin-art, and even an entire extra short story.
So what do you get in Book 1? Psychological warfare with baths. Library Brawls. Oh, and First Contact... kind of.
He offers science fiction hard enough to please the SF purists and technophiles but like any good comic artist puts his engaging plot first. He leads readers through an interesting setting populated with delightful characters and lays the final touches to a foundation for a surprisingly intricate plot in this volume.
It's unique. It's hilarious. Stuff blows up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a hilarious graphic novel! I loved reading this book. I've been a fan of Howard Tayler's work for a few years, reading his daily online web comic, [...]. Read morePublished on June 26, 2009 by Paul Genesse
When Wrath isn't looking, shoot it in the head.
With that, and other maxims from the acclaimed mercenary handbook, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, intrepid... Read more
Great read from one of my favourite webcomic authors. Nicely printed and lots of interesting bonus content.Published on July 19, 2007 by T. Sowinski
All right. The title might sound over the top, but Schlock Mercenary DID change my life in a very real way. Read morePublished on May 8, 2007 by Robert J Defendi
I've been a regular reader of the online strip Schlock Mercenary - if you aren't, you really owe it to yourself to start reading - and finally getting my hands on a print version... Read morePublished on March 7, 2007 by Sean C. OConnor