The Scumbag #13 ADVANCE REVIEW: Are you paranoid if the world really is out to get you?

Writer: Rick Remender, Artist: Roland Boschi, Colours: Moreno Dinisio, Letters: Rus Wooton.

ISSUE RECAP: Ernie flew off away from the Scorpionus agents, the angry public and Sister Mary, with Pam, the friend bot. They discuss a way to get the works back to normal from its now 1950s look. They need to storm Scorpionus headquarters, but when they do, Ernie starts to question what they are doing, if they are doing the right thing. With Ernie’s powers not working and everyone against him, can he and Pam do anything to get the world back on track, or will everyone live through the decades again?

It’s been almost 3 months since the last issue of The Scumbag. When I was looking into why, all I could find out was there were delays to many different books. After the first delay, this issue was originally supposed to be released on 30th March, but then got pushed back again until now, causing delays to the next issue, which will be the last of the series.

Back in October of 2020 when the first issue was released, if I was told that this would be an interesting political series that actually satires both sides and doesn’t judge too much, and is able to walk a fine centrist line, I wouldn’t have believed you. Especially how the first issue started out with Ernie being such a lowlife and that the antagonists would be modern Nazis. However, now looking back at how the book has evolved, we have a protagonist who isn’t actually the lowlife he started as, he’s growing as a person and even questioning his decision making. He's not just believing what he’s being told by anyone, but trying to make up his own mind. To the point where he starts doubting his own conformity bias and even questioning peoples' motives as he points out to Pam “not just (to) get me to superficially comply out of fear”. With this, I think this has become the most interesting political series on the stands at the moment. After such a development, I can’t help but respect writer Rick Remender even more by what’s he’s accomplished with this series. I definitely had my doubts at the beginning, but I’m glad I have been proven wrong.

When this series was released, I remember reading an article about how Remender wanted to change the artist after each issue. In my opinion, this still has been the biggest problem of the series, as you could never truly get accustomed to the visual style. We did have Eric Powell do the art for both issues 3 and 4, but now we have Roland Boschi who has done 3 issues in a row. I believe he’s doing the final issue too, so he would have done almost 30% of the series. This does make me question Remender's original vision. Did he originally want to have all issues done by a different artist and then had complaints about it? Or did he get on so well with these two that he decided to give them more of the series? No matter what the answer is, I can’t help but think it’s actually hurt the series to constantly switch all the time. These last few issues have been great for artwork, partly due to the fact that I can get used to Roland Boschi’s way of designing the characters and the layout. I think with a consistent team, the book has a chance to have a strong finish, but I guess I’ll always wonder what could have been if there way more artistic consistency from the start.

Overall, a highly enjoyable issue, one that sets up a potential great finale of a book that’s been very surprising.

I rate it 4 out of 5.

The Scumbag issue 13 will be released by Image Comics on 27th April from your Local Comic Shop as well as 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.

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