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Scud: The Whole Shebang: The Disposable Assassin (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 24. November 2015

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In the world of Scud, bullets are cheaper than human life. Corner vending machines provide any weapon you might need. The most popular weapons are Scud disposable assassins: Robot hitmen that self-destruct when they kill their target. This volume follows Scud 1373, assigned to take out a hideous female man-eater named Jeff. While fighting the indestructible Jeff, Scud discovers his infamous warning panel in a bathroom mirror. Realizing that to kill Jeff is to kill himself, Scud blows off her arms and legs and hospitalizes her. Her life support bills will have to be paid, and Scud will have to find more work to stay alive.

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Scud ist einer der Comics, nach denen ich mir schon immer die Finger geleckt habe. Leider war es immer sauschwer an Scud-Hefte ranzukommen, die sind schon seit Jahrzehnten vergriffen. Waren! Jetzt endlich gibt es eine Neuauflage aller 24 je veröffentlichten Scud-Comics in einem fetten 800-seitigen Telefonbuch Band namens "THE WHOLE SHEBANG : BEGINNING-MIDDLE+END".

Scud ist ein Einmalauftragskillerroboter aus dem Automaten. Er wird auf Jeff angesetzt, die nicht gerade das ist, was man ein leichtes Ziel nennen würde. Ja, richtig gehört: Jeff ist eine sie. Mit Armen als Beinen und fiesen Fressen in den Knien. Und angeschnalltem Tintenfisch. Und Mausefallen als Händen. Mit einem Stecker als Kopf. Egal, ich schweife ab. In einer 20-seitigen epic battle erfährt Scud die bittere Wahrheit über seine Existenz: nach Erledigung seines Jobs wird er von einer fest in sich verbauten Bombe zerfetzt werden.

Um diesem gar grimmigen Schicksal zu entgehen, schießt Scud Jeff kurzerhand die Extremitäten weg und verfrachtet sämtliche Einzelteile in ein Krankenhaus, wo sie am Leben gehalten werden. Das geht jedoch nur gegen Bares, und so muss Scud sich wohl oder übel dem Kapitalismus beugen und weitere Tötungsaufträge annehmen, um Jeffs Ableben und damit seinen eigenen sicheren Tod zu verhindern. Na, und dann kommt der ganze Irrsinn erst so richtig in Fahrt.

Scud the Disposable Assassin ist eines der besten und abgefahrensten Comickunstwerke, die mir je untergekommen sind. Rob Schrab ist verliebt in Perspektivzeichnungen und schafft es immer wieder aufs Neue, Kamerawinkel zu finden, bei denen man die einzelnen Panels erst mühsam decodieren muss.
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Ich hatte bereits die komplette Heftserie im Regal und habe mir "The Whole Shebang!" trotzdem gekauft.
Ich habe es nicht bereut. Rob Schrabs schräger Humor mit den perfekt auf den Punkt gebrachten Zeichnungen wirken auch nach 10 Jahren noch.
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HASH(0x8f6f46fc) von 5 Sternen Goes out with a shebang 25. September 2008
Von ZenAtWork - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
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I had no intention of writing a review for this, until I saw how diminutive the other is (there's only one at the time of this writing).

ABOUT SCUD
What can one say about Scud? Scud is one of the more eclectic, bizarre comics out there. Oddball pop-culture references wrapped in a macabre, twisted sense of humor abound. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, think of it as a mix of The Tick (Edlund's version), and Lobo.

The story itself follows the adventures of a disposable robot whose duty it is to dispose of a target and then self-destruct. Through an accident of fate, Scud realizes the catch-22 of his charge, and compromises by permanently (he thinks) incapacitating his target, doing assassination side-work to cover the life-support bills.

As the storyline progresses, the reader becomes aware that "Jeff", his initial target, is in fact an instrument of biblical prophesy, and his actions have resulted in his now being firmly enmeshed in a titanic struggle between heaven, hell, psychotic robots, and the lunatic fringe of civilian society.

ABOUT THIS BOOK (EDITION)
This is a truly strange, yet uncannily satisfying series, but, like the original Tick comics, are almost entirely out of print. Thus, this edition, the Whole Shebang, a graphic novel encompassing ALL of the issues released (plus a few bonuses more) is fully worth it. There won't be any more, and, with as peculiar of a demographic as this book targets, even it won't be around long, most likely.

This book contains the whole run of the series, including the four-part resolution, published after Scud's ten-year hiatus (the author, Rob Schrab, had decided he wished to focus on other projects, leaving his readership hanging with a decade-long cliffhanger). It further contains Drywall: Unzipped (the tale of Scud's unlikely sidekick and pretty much a necessity to understanding the oddball plot) and Black Octopus: Sexy Genius (a functionally unrelated but still amusing mini-book).

The book itself is HUGE (almost 800 pages), and mostly black-and-white. It makes for a great coffee table book as long as you don't have kids, or gift to a comic lover. At 20 bucks, it's worth it (I read ridiculously fast. Comics aren't worth it to me in most cases, as I can burn through a book in minutes. This one's mammoth enough to be able to actually site down and READ).

All in all, buy this book. If you've never heard of Scud, it's amusing, and a great deal for the price. Give it a shot. If you're already a fan, definitely get it, it's everything in one place, and for a lot less than you paid for the individual books, even at newsstand price.
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HASH(0x8f6f4750) von 5 Sternen Scud: The Indispensible Comic 10. August 2008
Von S. Martineck - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The final four issues of Scud came out this year after a 10 year hiatus. That's a long time to wait for the end of a story. Fortunately it was a very satisfying ending, managing to wrap up a number of loose ends that barely seemed connected at first. Who knows what the story would have been had Schrab never decided to shelve Scud for so long, but I don't know if it could have been much better.

Scud: The Disposable Assassin was just about the most bada** thing I'd ever read when I picked up my first issue back in the mid-90's. The story takes place in a future so wild and lawless that robot assassins, or Scuds, can be purchased from vending machines (called "venting machines") for pocket change. The main character is one of these assassins.

During a violent battle with his target, Scud discovers a warning label on his back that says he'll self-destruct upon elimination of his target. Not wanting to die, Scud critically wounds the target, puts her in the hospital, and begins freelancing to pay the bills.

The adventure that follows takes Scud around the planet, into outer space, through multiple dimensions, to the center of Earth, and to Heaven itself. Yeah, it's epic. It's also hilarious.

Along the way Scud makes friends with a stuff-collector named Drywall, who has miles of storage space inside his body from which he can pull objects at will (though what exactly he pulls out isn't always predictable). He makes an arch nemesis in Voodoo Ben Franklin (apparently the original Ben Franklin, just more evil). And he falls in love with a mysterious robotophile named Sussudio.

If you like stories about zombie dinosaurs, werewolf astronauts, android mafias, things getting all explodey, robot-on-human love, endless amounts of senseless bloodletting and dismemberment, and cowboys, then Scud might be something you should check out.
HASH(0x8f6f4b88) von 5 Sternen A little late for the ride, but totally worth it! 11. Mai 2015
Von Ronald F. Pelech - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Comic books in my day where hard to come by in my neck of the woods, and if there were any, it was usually either Batman, Superman, or some other usual super hero book, and frankly, I couldn't get into them to save my life. I had heard about Scud, though for the life of me, I can't exactly remember when (that was 20 years ago give or take), and for the longest time, I tried finding even a single issue, with zero success, and my parents were too keen on driving all over the city just to "find some comic book", as they said. So for the longest time, I had all but forgotten it, until several years ago when I happened to watch a short film that was also from Rob Schrab (Robot Bastard). That's when my hunt started again, this time around yielding some, but not very promising results. Bummed that I wasn't going able to finish the collection, I found out that The Whole Shebang existed. I ordered one, which turned out to be a late birthday present, and since then, I've read The Whole Shebang more times than looking at my high school year books.

Scud isn't your typical hero. In fact, he's pretty much a anti-hero. He looks very impressive in the vending machine, but once he gets out, he slumps over with a look on his face (if you can call it that) that he would rather be doing something else. Tasked to kill a monster, whom he decides to call her (yes, her) Jeff, he finds out through complete accident that once he finishes her off, he will go boom. Thinking "F that, I got better things to do", Scud dismembers this beast and decides to go freelance so he can keep paying her life support bill (almost sounds like a marriage to me). Throughout his entire adventure, he makes some friends, makes some enemies (probably makes more enemies than friends), nearly loses one of his appendages to a werewolf astronaut, does battle with Benjamin Franklin on a almost regular basis, and that's on his good days. At the end, there are a few unanswered questions, but for the most part, the story ends on a good and hilarious note.

So if the usual fanfare of comic books doesn't do it for you, and if you like your comics or story a little on the weird side, then Scud the Disposable Assassin The Whole Shebang is the one for you.
HASH(0x8f6f4b70) von 5 Sternen Great Comic 21. Mai 2013
Von Charles C Waits - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I bought this book for my brother who was a SCUD fan from back in the day before either of us had jobs. He was ecstatic about receiving this gift and loved to read the whole story. The book arrived in fantastic condition and it did not have any creases, bends, or cuts considering being shipped.
HASH(0x8f6f4f3c) von 5 Sternen intelligently surreal and awesome. 30. Juli 2015
Von Adam P Boots - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I remember flipping through the pages of Wizard magazine sometime in the early 90's when they FIRST mentioned this very odd book from a non-existent Publishing company that was unlikely for me to be able to purchase due to the vast expanses that it took for comic books to get to me.

I remember being disappointed and thinking to myself "I hate this one comic book shop town". I still begrudgingly rode my bicycle like 15 miles to get there and see if there was a copy in the shop. The guys from Wizard seemed SO excited about the madness they just read.

Luckily, there was ONE copy there. The only copy ordered by the guy who ran the shop and it was still there. I promptly bought it and a bunch of random other stuff. I remember being left without a chair when the last issues of Moon Knight came out with Stephen Platt artwork and them being gone before I even got to look at the book, so I covet this a little bit as I made the purchase.

It was an odd purchase, too. I didn't buy black and white books back then. I was totally enamored by the slick look of Image Books and this was... Different.

The insanity that happened within had me riveted. Conceptually, the book is and was just insane but brilliant. A disposable assassin that self destructs on completion of it's mission. But if it's smart enough to hunt down the most dangerous animals/people/whatever, what's from keeping it from realizing that it self destructs upon completion of it's mission?

First and foremost, I purchased the Hardcover and Paperback the day they were released in Omnibus form. I THOROUGHLY read the paperback and then stashed both away for a future date and didn't even think about them until someone asked me about "great comic stories". I can't tell you much of any of the specifics except that I loved the story pretty much from cover to cover and this omnibus was an amazing compilation of everythin that REALLY matters from Scud. This one was one of the first stories that came to mind when thinking of "something he might not have heard of". It's a crazy ride through an insane world on the back of a mad stallion of fun. You should find a copy for a decent price and read it because it's awesome.
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