The Scumbag #13
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Roland Boschi
Colors by Moreno Dinisio
Letters by Rus Wooton
The Rundown: Ernie finds himself in the middle of a culture war that will have devastating consequences for the world.
Ernie barely escapes from Sister Mary who has to deal with another failure as Scorpionus celebrates turning the world into a 1950’s racist haven. In the aftermath, Pam has taken Ernie to a diner and tries to appeal to his better angels. A plan that takes a dark turn when Ernie immediately decides that there will be a price for his help. One that only Pam can pay.
The two then head to the Scorpionus headquarters in order to shut down their device and Ernie decides to give Moonflower a call to enlist their help. Unfortunately, they have other ideas and Ernie finds himself in a battle against two ideologies. Ideologies that will find a new target when Ernie stops the machine and Mother Earth attempts to intervene.
The Story: Remender delivers some engaging and compelling social commentary throughout this issue and the humor makes the story infinitely entertaining. It’s funny to see people continue to try to appeal to Ernie instead of accepting him as he is and the opposing forces allied against him make the story complicated enough to be an intriguing indictment of modern society and political ideology.
The Art: Roland Boschi offers some great visuals throughout the issue. The characters look great and the action is visually thrilling throughout.