IDW Publishing 2017
Story & Written by Matt Chapman
Story & Illustration by Andy Suriano
Lettered by Andy Suriano with Comicraft
Space-faring bachelor scalawags Love Savage and Roshambo - along with a little mothering from their ship's AI, Mrs. Billingsley - shuttle from job to job and continually find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Despite their best efforts to look out only for themselves, they usually end up involved with alien crooks, shady black market baby schemes, and space sickness-inducing drugs. They're on the loose and on the run - from everyone!
Sometimes you need something in your life that is completely immature, childish, politically incorrect and just all kinds of awesome fun and this my friends is just that. Full of the kind of stereotypes you’d normally cringe at will make laugh here. The way that Matt has written this leaves no doubt in my mind of his penchant for comedic genius. What he and Andy have created is something that is kind of a throwback to strips you’d find in adult magazines only here it’s without sex and nudity, so far. It’s edgy and not right and would’ve been considered too out there for mainstream audiences thankfully times have changed and we get to be regaled by these two men and their adventures!
Andy’s artwork here is pretty darn good too! I like his use of page layouts with the angles and perspective and his use of colour is fantastic! Even utilising backgrounds like he does is something I enjoy seeing. Plus he’s got the creativity and imagination to really bring this to life visually incredibly well. Also the fact that the boys have to live up their romanticised names well that’s no easy feat! His unique style really brings the whole idea of silliness and whimsy to this place where reality could set in nicely.
This was an excellent first issue. It’s got everything we need to get to know these boys, what they are like and the kind of life they live. Not to mention it introduces us to some bad guys and the main thing that will turn their lives upside down for the next four issues. There’s no mistaking what they are about and what they do but it’s okay Scoundrel is a very adept description of them and you also find yourself on their side by the end.
I like the back up here as well with Party Steve and what happens to him. So there’s more going on here than with just the boys and there’s something about this that you can’t help but to like and enjoy. There’s this whole vibe going on here that just draws you in and makes you smile. It’s original, entertaining and just the perfect amount of all kinds of wrong!