Writer: Rick Remender, Artist: Roland Boschi, Colours: Moreno Dinisio, Letters: Rus Wooton.
After tricking Sister Mary into meeting his parents, Ernie takes off in the ship on his own mission, away from everyone telling him what to do. After making a deal with Scorpionus, he manages to trade with them a bomb that will change everyone back in the bar from being gold statues into humans again. However, all the double crossing has now come back to hurt him, when the news portrays him as public enemy number 1. He now has Central Authority and the others he betrayed coming after him. Will Ernie's superpowers save him from the entire world?
A new arc has begun in this series of a hedonistic, drug-fueled, degenerate called Ernie, who lies, cheats, and pretty much steals his way into saving the world. After getting his superpowers by accident, Central Authority have wanted Ernie out of the way. Now they have a way to get their formula back and can finally rid themselves of him. Which makes this arc a very interesting one. We had the first two arcs being rather political poking fun at either side of the aisle, and now we are focussed on Ernie being his own worst enemy. We have seen how destructive he can be throughout the series, but we still get a glimpse of how he feels rejected by society, who look down on him. This is now very explicit in this issue; where we have him saving all of the people he considers friends who were turned into gold in the first arc. They then turn on him at the first point they can. This is such a powerful moment, as we see how rejected he is by the people he cares for the most. Having spent the last 10 issues with him, even though he’s a deeply flawed character this moment still hits hard. I don’t think it would have been as impactful if it was done earlier.
It’s moments like this that showcase how good the writing is by Rick Remender. Even with a character like Ernie, the fact that we can feel so strongly for him is a credit to both writer and artist, however with artists always changing I think the majority of the praise for this goes to Remender.
Now this is a fun issue, but there’s still something that I can see being a problem. We had the first arc being devoted to “Nazis” like Scorpionus, and they are now back towards the end of the issue. Personally I think that this is now overused in comics today, so unless it’s handled well it could get very boring, so that’s a tightrope that the team will have to walk carefully.
The art in this issue by Roland Boschi was good, but I didn’t feel like it was anything exceptional in either a good or bad way. It was adequate, as it did what it was supposed to do. For that I’m of two minds if this is good or not. It’s never good to be picked out for poor art work, but when we have had some amazing artists on the book, it’s also not great to not stand out among them. I still see the constant changing of artists as a problem for the series, but I don’t think it’s been a disaster to the point where they will do anything about it.
One funny thing is did enjoy was the meta reference to Watchmen. When Ernie is painted as Public enemy #1, I immediately thought of Watchmen as everyone was brought together to hate a single person. Just as I thought this, Ernie even says it, which made me laugh as it just shows the team don’t take this too seriously. To further the point, the page after it was split into 9 panels just like Watchmen.
Overall, a strong start to the third arc and I’m still enjoying this fun, over-the-top super-spy series. So for anyone who would like Bond if he was a drug-addicted, sex mad scumbag...then this is the series for you.
The Scumbag issue 11 will be released by Image Comics on 8th December from your Local Comic Shop and digitally on comixology
Andrew Carr was blessed to grow up watching the animated series of Batman, X-Men, and his favorite, Spider-Man. This started his dive into the comics world, which resulted in meeting his amazing cosplaying wife Imogen. They live in England with their Sinister Six dogs.