The Scumbag #1

Writer: Rick Remender Artist: Lewis Larosa Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 21, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 15
8.5Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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"JAZZ APPLE ARMAGEDDON," Part One: The fate of the world rests in the hands of the worst person on it!
RICK REMENDER launches an all-new comedy espionage series, THE SCUMBAG-the story of Ernie Ray Clementine, a profane, illiterate, drug-addicted biker with a fifth-grade education. He's the only thing standing between us and total Armageddon because this dummy accidentally received a power-imbuing serum, making him the world's most powerful super spy.
This new ongoing series will feature a murderers' row of all-star artistic talent rotating each i more

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Oct 21, 2020

    Simply put, this is an outstanding first issue. Its definitely going to catch you off guard and I have no doubt that this is going to be a standout title of 2020. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Carlos Melgarejo Oct 26, 2020

    From the first page to the last, all of it always keeps you ready and eager for the next. I can only wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Sequential Planet - Danilo To Oct 24, 2020

    Being a Rick Remender title, The Scumbag has already drawn attention on its release due to the writer's (rightfully occurring) hype. However Image's new series is off to a promising start as we all expected. Not only because of Remender's skillful writing but also because of an incredibly talented team that is creating this new title with him. I definitely recommend giving The Scumbag a read to see if it's for you, because it is definitely for me. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Oct 21, 2020

    The Scumbag #1 is a profane, gnarly, gut-bustingly hilarious look at a world whose fate is in the hands of the absolute worst person on it. Ernie Ray Clementine may not be anyone's idea of a hero, but he's got the job whether he wants it or not (though he'd rather just roll a joint). Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Oct 14, 2020

    Remender takes what might be a tired, old premise and makes it interesting by making the hero as unappealing as possible. As sharp as the writing is, it really wouldn't hold that much appeal without the amplified power of Larosa's art. Remender and Larosa show a deep love for Ernie that breathes through script and panel. If they can hold onto that for the story's duration, The Scumbag could really turn into something special. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 1, 1970

    This was a hilarious debut issue and I cant wait to see what this creative team does with this title. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Oct 22, 2020

    Remender does a great job on the script. However, the star here is Lewis Larosa. This may be the best artwork he has ever done. It brings everything up to a higher level, making this first issue pretty sweet. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - T.W. Worn Oct 21, 2020

    If bad taste is something you crave, make sure you get it from someone with Good Taste. The Scumbag is good-bad taste to the fullest extent. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Oct 21, 2020

    The Scumbag shows how even the dregs of humanity have a chance to be heroes even if they hate people. Gross and profane and exactly what the title suggests. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 21, 2020

    Lewis Larosa delivers some beautiful art in this first issue. What's interesting about it is that the beauty of the art is contrasted with the disgusting nature of the subject matter. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    COMICON - Brendan M. Allen Oct 21, 2020

    The Scumbag is the story of Ernie Ray Clementine, a profane, illiterate, drug-addicted biker with a fifth-grade education. He's also the only thing standing between us and total Armageddon. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - John Schaidler Oct 23, 2020

    "The Scumbag" #1 doesn't move the story much further than what we already know, in terms of both character and plot, but the interior art is great and who doesn't like rooting for a cranky antihero? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Oct 7, 2020

    So, while The Scumbag #1delivers a story that will definitely not be for everyone, I think it shows a lot of promise. There is certainly tons of space for Ernie to develop in the coming issues. If Remender and team can work some magic, this could be a solid start to a unique, and original tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Oct 21, 2020

    As much as it pains me to say it, I'll hop back right into this world again next month because it's just so gross, you can't help but watch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Oct 22, 2020

    If you are into something really really different and you like uncomfortable clashes, this is your book. You'll laugh and wince and roll your eyes. And that's in the first two pages! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Oct 8, 2020

    All in all, The Scumbag #1 is another solid start for another Remender Image title. At its heart, it's a fish out of water story, starring a subversive character but told in a time-tested way and with a wicked sense of humor. There's an old Roger Ebert quote: "When you ask a friend if Hellboy is any good, you're not asking if it's any good compared to Mystic River, you're asking if it's any good compared to The Punisher." Taken at its intentions, The Scumbag #1 succeeds in its attempt to squeeze together '70s exploitation and super-espionage into one greasy sandwich. Let's just hope future artists can match Lewis Larosa's sky-high standard. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Robert Mammone Oct 24, 2020

    The Scumbag #1 handily subverts the comic book genre, while providing plenty of laughs and entertaining visuals in the process. Ernie is an instantly compelling character, even if he's the sort of human stain you'd happily flush down the toilet. God may work in mysterious ways, but there's absolutely nothing mysterious about Ernie, as the Earth is going to find out in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Ronnie Gorham Oct 20, 2020

    Although The Scumbag #1 isn't a super strong first issue, it is entertaining enough to want to keep reading the series. The pacing is decent, the plot holds itself together for the most part and it leaves a lot to the imagination. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Oct 19, 2020

    A comic that reads like a shadow of Remender's usual prowess, saved by fantastic visual work. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Graphic Policy - Joe Bones Oct 19, 2020

    The Scumbag #1 is not for everyone. The first issue alone has blood, gore, diarrhea, masturbation, and heavy drug use. Fans of action movies and anti-heroes will surely find something to like about this series. Those who enjoy character development and complex plots should probably choose a different title. Honestly, considering the string of artists slated to draw covers for each issue, this might be the type of series a person buys just for the cover art. In any case, give this one a browse before you commit to purchasing it. Read Full Review

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