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Scud: The Whole Shebang Paperback – November 24, 2015
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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.
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).Read more ›
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.
Scud isn't your typical hero. In fact, he's pretty much a anti-hero. He looks very impressive in the vending machine, but once he gets out, he slumps over with a look on his face (if you can call it that) that he would rather be doing something else. Tasked to kill a monster, whom he decides to call her (yes, her) Jeff, he finds out through complete accident that once he finishes her off, he will go boom. Thinking "F that, I got better things to do", Scud dismembers this beast and decides to go freelance so he can keep paying her life support bill (almost sounds like a marriage to me).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Story is good, the book is thick (Will take many sessions), and the art is fantastic.Published 1 month ago by Mr. EggRolls
It's absurdest, fast paced, fun. It's a book that doesn't take itself seriously yet is still loyal to it's own set of rules within it's world. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The 2015 printing has a different cover than is listed on this entry, but this is a substantial tome. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Scott Reed
I remember flipping through the pages of Wizard magazine sometime in the early 90's when they FIRST mentioned this very odd book from a non-existent Publishing company that was... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Adam P Boots
I love SCUD, and this was an incredibly well done collection. All comics in one setting? Well worth the price!Published 19 months ago by Sam
I forgot how crazy and kooky good ol' Scud was. This book is huge and heaps of fun to read, the character designs and story lines would have been right at home in the surrealist... Read morePublished 20 months ago by b(rad)
This is one of the best comics ive ever read. hillarious, beautifully drawn, heartwarming. Dont miss out!Published 21 months ago by Darkstar