Review: Scud The Disposable Assassin (Hardcover)

Review by: Connor Russell I love to find comics that are kind of different to the mainstream as they aren’t afraid to explore things that are out of the ordinary. All sorts of things could happen. On the same day that I bought The Saga of Rex I saw this and bought it on a whim. I figured it would take up some of my time and keep me busy for a while. Thing is, I read through it so fast it didn’t occupy me for long but that is because I couldn’t put it down. One of the best things I have ever read.

I reckon the story is pretty cool. In the future one can simply walk down to a vending machine and purchase a disposable assassin. This robot will kill its primary target and then self destruct. But Scud realizes he will die if he kills his target and doesn’t like that and so only hospitalizes the victim and then takes on jobs to pay for her medical bills. He later discovers that he is part of a much larger plot that involves Heaven and Hell and he doesn’t really like that either. So now he must fight for the survival of him and his friends and his primary target.

SCUDRob Schrab is the man behind this creation and I knew nothing about him except that the blurb said he was a co-creator of the movie Monster House and of The Sarah Silverman Program (I have seen the former but none of the latter).

His story really is an adventure of a bizarre nature. Including zombie dinosaurs, a society of deaf people and a character made of a sack and zips where he stores almost an infinite amount of items inside him. There’s even a werewolf arm amongst the midst as well.

The pacing of the entire story is well done with the fast and slow moments blending strongly into a story with no boring bits whatsoever. Even during the slow parts it does well to entertain and drag you into the world this man has created.

Schrab did the artwork for his series as well. The art is in black and white with the use of bold outlines. The artwork comes across as being simple in that there is no over use of minute detail on everything and a lot of panels don’t even have a full background (with being just black, white or lots and lots of mini dots).

The other co-creator of Monster House, Dan Harmon (also the man behind t.v’s Community) also stepped in for issues here and there of the series. His style of writing differed from Schrab’s in that it seemed to have a witty poetic angle (though I may have interpreted this completely wrong).

All in all this is a story that will stay with you. It is certainly different and shows an amazing story of love with an awesome conclusion (ten years in the making). I highly recommend this series if you are a fan of the slightly different or even a fan of the mainstream. It's hard to try to pinpoint the type of person who will enjoy it however so it may not appeal to the very kind of people I just mentioned.

Score: 4/5

Written By: Rob Schrab, Dan Harmon Art By: Rob Schrab Published By: Image (this collection) Price: $29.99