This sci-fi, crime filled comic book depicting a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde hooked me at the beginning of the story. Action-packed from cover-to-cover, both issues left me feigning for more.
Scum of the Earth is an indie comic published by Action Lab: Danger Zone, a line of creator owned comic books for mature readers, from Action Lab Entertainment. And Scum of the Earth fits into this category perfectly.
Laura and True are a crazy and ruthless couple that travels the south, leaving every destination they visit in mass chaos and bloodbath. The best part about it is that they’re always happy and smiling about it. Here’s a few panels from one of my favorite scenes in issue 2.
Laura and True will smile at you one minute, but the next minute you could be getting your brains blown out. And don’t let Laura’s pretty face and smile fool you, she’s actually worse than True.
Laura and True are not alone on their joyride crime sprees. There’s a gun-toting robot from space that’s hot on their trail. The psychotic couple is so hardcore, that even the robot called them ruthless mother***ers. Turns out the space robot is a bounty hunter, and his target is True.
Who is this robot, and why is he gunning down a pair of human psychotic murderers? Or are they human at all?
This strange and brutal, but fun, series is written by Mark Bertolini. Sharp, mature dialogue with great character interactions. The relationship between Bonnie and Clyde, I mean Laura and True, is phenomenal. Strong, mature language makes the nature of this title even more appealing.
I am a fan of mature titles, so Bertolini is a writer I definitely plan to keep my eyes on.
Rob Croonenborghs did a fantastic job with the gruesome art, and I’m going to keep my eyes on his work as well.
Indie comics are just as good as, some are even better than, mainstream comics. It’s not always about the superheroes. Sometimes we just need a good laugh in a totally different direction, and Scum of the Earth is one of those comic books that does just that.
You can purchase Scum of the Earth on Comixology.
The series is currently on issue 5, and I plan to read issues 3-5 once I get caught up with my current reading.
Verdict (drum roll please)
Crime, sci-fi, action/adventure, great story execution and visuals. I highly recommend this fast paced title for mature readers. I’m giving this title 5/5 stars.