Writer: Rick Remender, Artist: Francesco Mobili, Colours: Moreno Dinisio, Letters: Rus Wooton.
The team is on the moon and have been confronted by Moonflower's superheroes. Each has their own power to bring someone to their knees from grief, the truth, or sorrow. It could be that Earnie’s lack of morals might be the key to stopping them. All while inside, the leader of this cult is preparing the world for an “awakening”, saying people need to love and not hate. She intends to force people to love each other to make the world a better place.
So we have another issue and yet another artist change. Francesco Mobili is not someone I know too much about, however the art looks the best it has since issue 1. The art and panel layouts were very dynamic, to the point where it feels like a shot of adrenaline. Something that seems to have been lacking from the series so far. Despite it having a great concept and intriguing art choices, this feels like the first time the panels have been played with, too. Making this issue seem so much more action-oriented than any before it.
As you can see above, this is the kind of dynamic page design that has been missing from previous issues. This issue has made me question my opposition to changing artists each issue. Before I was against it, as it feels like a lack of consistency can turn people off from a project. However, if an artist can come in and breath new life into the story and tell things in a different way, it makes the book feel new again. I still believe it’s a tightrope to walk, as too much change can be disjointing for readers. Although, if artists like Francesco Mobili can do what he has on this issue, then I can only see positives for this.
Overall the art has been fantastic this issue. The superheroes of Moonflower look amazing. Added to their beautiful artwork is the menacing threat of them from a writer's perspective.
Rick Remender’s writing I think is at an all-time high with this series. The pace of the issue was intense and it's reflected in both art and drama. Not just through the action-packed opening half of the book, but also with the surreal (which we should be used to by now) latter aspects of Moonflower's plan being revealed: threats of violence and people being manipulated through social media and tv. Even going so far as to say that free will is a failed concept. This just highlights how genius Remender's writing is with this series. He pokes fun at all political parties, even making Ernie draw the conclusion that they are both very similar in how they act and their end goals. This is seen by comparing Scorpionus to the new antagonist Moonflower. As I said in a previous review, I was worried about alienating half the audience, but when you can poke fun at everyone, that’s what comics and all mediums should be about. Having a laugh at over-the-top villains is perfectly on display here in some truly brutal and intelligent writing on the part of Remender.
Overall, I had a lot of fun with this issue and I’m fully interested to see how they can continue. I can see both sides of the argument for artistic changes. Although I would like to wait until the last issue to determine if it has been a success in my opinion.
The Scumbag #7 from Image Comics will be released on 14th April from your local comic shop as well as comixology