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The Whole Shebang! (Scud: The Disposable Assassin #1-22)

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  616 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
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 disc ...more
Hardcover, 786 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Image Comics
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j
Apr 21, 2010 j rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Nerds
Holy crap. This might be the coolest comic book ever created. If I had read it at age 14, I think my head would have exploded.

Here is a list of cool things in this book:

- Robot assassins (obv.)
- Robot assassins dressed in gangster tuxes
- Robot assassins that look like Go-Bots (I need to stop listing all the cool robots)
- Zombie dinosaurs
- Zombie zoo animals
- Voo-doo Ben Franklin, leader of a zombie army (see above)
- Thug with dog for a head (an entire dog)
- Giraffe that shoots lasers
- Robot Sat
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Michael Gonzalez
Aug 23, 2011 Michael Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the surface, this is the type of writing I usually hate. Gonzo and surreal for the sake of being weird...until you get to the fourth or fifth chapter and start to notice that all of the things that seemed so random are starting to knit together.

SCUD is, as the title says, a disposable assassin. You buy him from a vending machine, tell him who to kill, and after the job he self-destructs. This model becomes self-aware on his first mission, and opts to keep his victim alive so that he, too, ma
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Dan
Dec 05, 2008 Dan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Scud Fans, Comic Book Fans
Scud: The Disposable Assassin was an independent comic book that came out when I was in high school. The series ran for 20 issues, had a 9 issues spin off called "La Cosa Nostroid," a one off on the back story to Drywall (Scud's side-kick), a 2 issue story of Drywall and Oswald, and a 4 issue series about other disposable assassins. There were 2 video games, and rumors of movies. The thing is, the franchise, despite being a relatively successful series, just ended out of nowhere. Scud's girlfrie ...more
Adelaide Metzger
“Why won’t you just let me die?” --Scud

Heartbreak. Struggle. Abandonment. Sacrifice.

The quote above says it all without giving away spoilers for Scud: The Disposable Assassin but still teases light of the damp, heavy curtain of metaphor that this masterpiece represents.

Growing up in a sheltered home I’m only just now getting to know who Scud and Rob Schrab are thanks to my twin who found out about the comic on a very early and hilarious version of Rick and Morty (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
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Nicholas Karpuk
To best recreate the feeling of reading the entirety of SCUD in one sitting, I suggest snorting one of those wacky giant pixie sticks and chasing it with one of those disgusting Mountain-Dew-brand energy drinks.

It's an indie comic in a way that many indie comics really aren't. It's genuinely a story that would never pass a mainstream editor. Partly its unwillingness of Schrab to ever really slow down and explain the incredibly elaborate scenarios, and partly the unpleasantness of some of the sit
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Jared Millet
Put simply, the words "batshit insane" are not batshit insane enough to describe Scud: The Disposable Assassin. I always thought I was missing out by not following these comics in their original run, but it's nice to have them all in one volume. I was familiar with the basic premise - a robot assassin programmed to self-destruct when he kills his target instead decides to keep his first victim alive to prolong his own existence - but I had no idea that the world Scud inhabits was so incredibly w ...more
Jonah
Nov 01, 2008 Jonah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a weird middle of the night insomnia last night, and since I couldn't concentrate on anything requiring more the 30% of my normal energy, I decided to wrap up this complete comic saga. The series began in 1993-4, then took a 10 year break in 1998 before returning for a 4 issue wrap up last year. I didn't follow the series back then, but found this reasonably priced collected of all the issues after getting a recommendation from the Onion AV Club.

While the plot is completely wild and takes
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Rosa
Aug 18, 2009 Rosa rated it it was amazing
This was great totally irreverent and funny. The story is incredibly entertaining. Scud is a robot designed to wreak revenge for you and then blow up upon completion of said revenge, so there is no evidence. The only thing is that Scud is very self aware and he doesn't want to blow up. So you follow his adventures as he tries to earn money and keep his target alive. My only complaint is that action scenes can be very busy and tend to be difficult to follow.
Paulie Streeter
I used to know of Scud as an old video game, this is my first encounter with Rob Schrab's comic work; and this book is an epic comic collection. The art and lettering have a lot of variety; the story ranges from comedic, to action packed, to profound, and has a tendency to use a combination of these elements at times. Great book. Favs of this book: zombie cyborg dinosaurs, Mess and Drywall to name few.
Erik
Sep 05, 2011 Erik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed it from my friend Zach. It was awesome.
Devin Bruce
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David
Dec 27, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first time I learned of SCUD: The Disposable Assassin, I was intrigued.

It's the story about a vending machine assassin, who self destructs when it completes its hit. So, instead it puts it's mark in a coma and continues to do jobs to keep their first victim on life support, thus ensuring SCUD lives a nice long life.

It's everything a preteen could want. Robots. Assassins. Crazy art work!

There was just one problem.

Getting your hands on it.

As a kid, my only access to comic books was limited to
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Chris
Aug 24, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scud really took me by surprise. I picked it up on a whim based on my love of two things: the rough, anything-goes attitude of late 80s/90s indie comics (reference point: Love & Rockets remains one of my all-time favorites), and my affinity for the writing of Dan Harmon (who co-wrote Scud along with series creator and artist Rob Schrab). I'm glad I did, because it turned out to be one of the funniest, most inventive, daring comics I've read in quite a while.

The basic idea is this: In the fu
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Janet
Jan 18, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read a lot of graphic novels, so it was hard for me to figure out if some of the aspects I didn't like about this book were due to the genre or due to the book itself. I'll admit I struggled the first 5 or so trades of the book, this book throws a lot of weird at you very quickly. Zombie dinosaurs? Voodoo Ben Franklin? Some sort of part venus fly trap part giant mouths egg laying weird armed creature? I really wasn't sure about this.

I think somewhere in the middle though the book finds i
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Allie
This was so insanely weird, and it's definitely not for everyone. It's about Scud, a disposable assassin programmed to self-destruct after his target has been killed. Initially he was up against this insane squid/plug/screaming-knee'd lady-monster named Jeff, but instead of killing her he broke her up into pieces and put her on life support. That way he could avoid death! He takes all kinds of weird assassin jobs and for a while he has a werewolf arm. My favorite character is definitely his frie ...more
John
Jan 26, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to John by: Alex Jakeman
Alex lent this to me a long time ago with the assurance that it was good. In the meantime, through Dan Harmon's podcast Harmontown, I learned that this was co-written by Dan Harmon and his friend Rob Schrab. It was that revelation that encouraged me to finally read it (way later than I should have done) and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. It evokes similar feelings of ridiculousness as early comics that I discovered and liked such as Samurai Penguin and Fat Ninja, which were both a ...more
Joe Walsh
Apr 25, 2014 Joe Walsh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book at Vintage Stock. I wasn't looking for it, I'd never heard of the series but I looked it up on Amazon and it got one of the highest ratings I've ever seen so I picked it up for $15.99 used (Found out, the cheapest I've seen it go for is $80 used). It is a very peculiar, and at times hard to follow story. Going from issue 3 to issue 4, there wasn't a transition so I had no idea what was going on. It is a very odd story too and many people wouldn't like it. I'm not so much into M ...more
B
Mar 31, 2016 B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
This is a really, really fascinating book. It almost entirely exists completely apart from most other things I've ever read. It's a clear labor of love and shows really unique thinking.

For instance, one of the main characters is a woman called "Sussudio" and it never gets fully explained why that's her name. But the whole world is really committed to a lot of strange detail.

The design is really, really amazing. The art itself is often subpar on a technical level. It just seems like the wrong to
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Ari Eris
Hyper-active mind-warp from the over-talented Rob Scrab. Tank Girl and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac meets Tales from the Bully Pulpit, with a dash of Hellsing and 'Community' for flavor. Though really, Scud is in a category all it's own. It felt a bit drawn-out towards the end and I personally don't care all that much for robots, but this is still great stuff.
James
Jul 27, 2008 James rated it it was amazing
[NOTE: There's an unlimited paperback edition, which was what I bought and read.]

I generally try to leave out books I feel are less than four stars from my list here because, well, why bother?

Alternately, as with Ed Brubaker's Captain America, this massive omnibus by Rob Schrab is more like a six-out-of-five star book: it would have been seven, but it's marred (slightly) by the absence of the corresponding "Cosa Nostroid" crossover issue (which if memory serves was a hoot), and (at least to my m
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Austin Lind
Aug 30, 2015 Austin Lind rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading this I was confused, the art hurt my eyes, and I think I was on the verge of a migraine. Boy am I glad I stuck it out through the first few chapters. The plot started to come together, and the more I understood, the more the art became clear. It was like literally watching the story develop before my eyes. Each character has so much depth, I never thought I would care for a disposable assasin or a bag if zippers, but I did. I do! When people ask me to recommend an ep ...more
Avi Ehrlich
Mar 04, 2009 Avi Ehrlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the series that first got me really excited about comics some 10,000 years ago after Superman, X-Men, Spawn and Gen 13 stopped being interesting. Brilliant and hilariously written, this is the story of a robot assassin designed to self destruct upon killing it's target as to hide the evidence. But the robot is self aware and has to keep it's target alive to keep from blowing up himself. But that doesn't really tell you anything -- flying horses, shakespherian werewolf loner arms in space ...more
Coco
Aug 17, 2011 Coco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
What a bizarre story all the way through. Scud's kind of a neat character--sometimes the cool guy, sometimes the wanna-be, very impulsive and juvenile--all of that as a robot assassin. I do enjoy that Rob Schrab made a point of him not going in the direction of wanting to be or becoming human. At one people, Scud says his motto is, "I love being a robot." Machines becoming human is a cliche he steers right around.

My favorite character was Drywall! He's adorable, and I'm as amazed by his cavernou
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Grahm Eberhardt
Aug 27, 2011 Grahm Eberhardt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I know I'm late to the game on this and have wanted to read this book for years (ever since discovering Schrab via Heat Vision and Jack and later Channel 101) but let me just add to the heap of glowing reviews for Scud.

Like all of Schrab's work, this is a Saturday morning cartoon hodgepodge love-letter to sci-fi pop culture and if you were raised on a diet of Star Wars, Hitchhiker's Guide, schlocky horror flicks, Doctor Who and Calvin & Hobbes, you will lose yourself in Scud's sugar-coated a
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Brian
Oct 13, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-and-gn
This entire comic is absolutely bat-shit crazy, and I really truly enjoyed every second of it.

Scud is an endlessly entertaining protagonist, and the secondary characters are a lot of fun too (Drywall is a particular favourite of mine). I think I enjoyed the series more in the first half, when everything seemed to be occurring at random, and before the obligatory overarching plots became apparent. This series was at its best when it fully committed itself to its insanity (which was often).

I also
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Robert
Dec 22, 2012 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those stories that twist right when you think you have it figured out. Very well written and executed. The only thing I felt it needed was color. It is in black & white only, but that doesn't make it any worse, I just feel that the story has so much interesting life on the pages and could have only benefited from being in color. Reading a second or third time will not be a problem as I'm sure I will find something I missed the first time around trying to turn the pages to get ...more
Shawn [The Nerd Stop!]
This very large graphic novel is by Rob Schrab and is about a futuristic world were people can by disposable assassins known as "Scud" to kill off people that displease other people. A assassin known as Scud 1373 is assigned a mission to kill off a person and in this process comes to question his being and purpose. From this point the story goes into a world wind of action, adventure, and more. The graphics for this story are amazing! Please just pick this up and read the back story of Rob Schra ...more
Michael
Apr 20, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comixology/Digital - This book is an absolute blast, chock full of attitude, zinging one-liners and crazy comic book characters and scenarios. Schrab's visual storytelling lacks clarity in some of the early issues, and the story wanders on occasion, but when everything hits home (Drywall's family issues always tugged the heartstrings, but even more so now that I'm a dad), there's nothing more deliriously comic book bonzo than Scud.
Daniel
Jun 05, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would've gotten a 5 star review except I remember collecting Scud monthly and each issue began with a recap PLUS a cast and soundtrack list to accompany every issue. I thought that that was amazing and elevated the experience above all other comics. Sad to see that those weren't reprinted in this collection. Never excise that which makes your work truly unique. And that's saying something in a book as crazy and unique as Scud.
Troy Reeder
Jul 10, 2015 Troy Reeder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished Scud for like the dozenth time... It's irreverent, over the top, gloriously insane and it also has some of the most touching, loving and beautiful moments in the history of Storytelling.
If you've known me at all over the last twenty-one years (since my brother and I bought issues 1 & 2 at GenCon) then you've probably already heard me tell you how much you need to read it. Well here I am telling you again. Get this book. Read this book... then come back and thank me.
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From Wikipedia: Rob Schrab (pronounced "SHROB") is a comic book creator, actor, comedian, writer, and film and television producer. Schrab grew up in Mayville, Wisconsin. He is known as the creator of the comic book, Scud: The Disposable Assassin, co-writer of the feature film Monster House, the unaired pilot Heat Vision and Jack, competitive film festival Channel 101 and the co-creator of Comedy ...more
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