Rob Schrab, Scud the Disposable Assassin: The Whole Shebang

In a world where life is disposable, so are the lives of those who take them.

Scud the Disposable Assassin is bought from a vending machine that can be found as easily as a Coke can, a robot who can be programmed to take out whatever target the purchaser wishes. Once that target is eliminated, the Scud blows up. However, our intrepid robot hero figures out that last part pretty damn quickly, and puts his target up in a hospital in order to keep them both alive.

Creator Rob Schrab's first run on Scud lasted from 1994 to 1998 and ended when he walked away from the project in a Dave Chappelle-like fit of dissatisfaction with the direction of the project. But unlike Chappelle, Schrab remained in North America and eventually returned to pick up where his cliffhanger issue 20 left off… ten years later. In 2008, issues 21 through 24 were published by Image Comics, as the original publisher had long since gone under, and finally completed a story that had tormented fans. The Whole Shebang collects all 24 issues, as well as two related one-shots, and gives new fans a chance to appreciate Schrab's full vision in one volume.

Scud is non-stop insanity mixed with perpetual pop-culture references and commentary. Scud's world is a scary, nonsensical future where death comes from a vending machine and Ben Franklin is the master of voodoo & sex — don't ask.

As Scud says, “It’s cool to be a robot” and this monolithic collection proves that beyond a doubt.

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