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SCUD The Disposable Assassin: The Whole Shebang: Beginning-Middle-and End

This is it. I can't find it in stores, but I have found it online.

So, I remember looking at ads for this comic and I seeing the video game around, and I remember kind of knowing the story line: a robot assassin is purchased and when it kills its target it self destructs.

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What I didn’t know what how flippin’ awesome this comic would be from start to finish.

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Basically the story revolves around the fact that SCUD became aware of the fact that he would die when he kills his target, so instead of killing the monster we was ordered to destroy, he blows off its legs and arms and puts the monster on life support. To pay the medical bills he does what he knows best and becomes a hitman.

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If you think that’s original, just keep reading. I don’t want to give anything away, but we end up going into outer space, time traveling, fighting monsters from hell, and doing so much more than just fighting crime like most comic heroes.

My only gripe: No color covers appear in the book. Not a big deal, but it would have been nice.

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SCUD, though a robot, almost becomes an everyman. He wants the same thing everyone wants by the end of the comic: relief! It’s amazing to see this robot become so human as he struggles to pay the bills, to keep this monster alive, and to make sure the whole world doesn’t hate him. In his own way, he ends up being one of the most human characters in the series, which is remarkable and a testimate to the story telling of Rob Schrab, the creater, writer, and, in most issues, the artist of the comics.

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Rob Schrab has produced, written, directed, and acted in many episodes of Sarah Silverman’s show on Comedy Central, and he has written quite a bit of good stuff, like Monster House and the pilot episode of the hilarious TV-show-that-should-have-been, Heat Vision and Jack.

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The artwork is amazing. It’s hard to believe one man did it all. There is a lot to be said about the detail, the originality in the character design, and the life he brings to his own story. Who knew someone could be this talented? According to the forward, written by his wife, each page took Rob “about 12 hours” to complete. That’s pretty impressive.

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I highly recommend picking up a copy of “The Whole Shebang!” I was looking for years for just one or two comics in the series and it didn’t happen. This book is a blessing. You can find it on Amazon.com for as little as $17. But seriously, just pay the full $20. You’re getting 24 comic books all bound together for your enjoyment, and I’d honestly say it’s worth triple that price.

I’m giving it an A, and a high recommendation.

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