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Book 3 of 11 in the Schlock Mercenary Series

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Schlock Mercenary is a modern reinvention of the classic adventure comic strip that was such a huge part of newspaper comics in the 20th century. It has a grand overarching mythos, satisfying individual storylines, wonderful characters, a fun, fast pace, and a consistent sense of humor. And most of all, it has just the right sensibility, one that respects the plot and the science in its science fiction, but not much else. --Xaviar Xerexes, Comixpedia

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

About the Author

Howard Tayler has been a rock musician, telephone support technician, field consultant, record producer, software product manager, and (finally) a cartoonist. He lives in Orem, Utah, with his wife, four children, and The Voices In His Head. They have never been happier.
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  • Perfect Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: The Tayler Corporation; 1st edition (May 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977907422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977907427
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Reeve on March 1, 2007
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This book is a good starting point if you're not familiar with "Schlock Mercenary." While it's not the beginning of the strip (two words: "beginning cartoonist.") it won't take long to figure out who the players are. And really, who can resist a comic whose main character resembles nothing so much as an enormous dungheap? (Albeit one with eyes and sentience, as well as a yen for destruction.) But it's not just the strips as run on the Schlock Mercenary website - there are footnotes, marginalia, and a complete bonus story which you won't find anywhere else.
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...You've Failed to Resort To Enough Of It.

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."
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The Mercenaries open a window into ourselves and poke fun at the human condition. Not a comic fan as a rule, this exception kept me entertained, interested and reading until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed both books in the series and can't wait for the next one.

"Sometimes you have fun, sometimes the fun has you."

- Schlock
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Where else would you get a Space Opera? Although in this case, the context of 'Opera' is probably more like 'Theatre': Theatre of War.

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.
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Howard Tayler is one of the best webcomic creaters out there. His strip is never profane, is often irreverant, and is funny every single day. This and his second book are two of my most prized posessions. Howard has never missed a day of updating, and is simple a great guy. If you like hip, witty humor that isn't afraid to toss out a pun or sarcastic remark, this is your new favorite...
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I have crawled through a large number of webcomics, and Schlock Mercenary is the best that I have come across. The story is engaging, the characters are interesting, and the science fiction is solid. The comic also maintains good humor on all levels; slapstick, wordplay, irony, and situational humor. I have purchased several of these books as gifts and they have always been well received. Even if you have already crawled through the online archive of comics, it is very nice to have the books around the house to enjoy. I hope this has been helpful. Thanks.
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Howard Tayler is producing great work in the comic medium for the SF genre.

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.
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