Cosmic Scoundrels #1 ComicWow! Review

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Andy Suriano has worked on Samurai Jack, Cartoon Network Block Party, Charlatan Ball, Batman: The Brave and the Bold (rebooted by DC after the cartoon), GI Joe, Mickey Mouse Shorts, Labman, Doc Bizarre MD, Transformers, Dames in the Atomic Age, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Burn the Orphanage, Biggest Bang, ROM, and more.

Matt Chapman is known as one of the creators of Homestar Runner, the insanely popular web comic and game.  He also worked on Gravity Falls.

This new series started as a web comic, also named “Cosmic Scoundrels.” It includes the first 20+ pages from the website.

The premise is fast-moving and light-hearted.  It follows two amoral mercenaries whose only loyalty appears to be to their ship and each other.

The three main characters are Roshambo, Love Savage, and Mrs. Billingsley.

Roshambo is a dishonorably discharged soldier and an ex-con.  He is a “space pirate,” and has a powerful weapon, a “galactic gauntlet,” with undefined (but significant) powers.

Love Savage is a Prince, a former gigolo, a war criminal, and a fugitive.  He is a cross between a futuristic rock star and a glam-rocker.

Mrs. Beasley is an A.I.  She is the onboard operating system of the duo’s starship/home, the S.S. Fistpuncher.  She has vast knowledge and power onboard the ship.  She was designed to be a child-rearing program and “mother-substitute for female-born organisms.”

Both of the Scoundrels are mash-ups of various hackneyed cliché characters, taken to the point of glorious absurdity and beyond.  Chapman, whose popular Star Runner parodied video games, is taking a similar approach to space opera.

At the same time, this comic is filled with sly inside references to various franchises from Star Wars and Star Trek to Hanna-Barbera TV cartoons, dinosaurs, Akira Kurosawa, Dennis the Menace, Leave it to Beaver, and more.

These two appear to blunder from job to job, trying to make a buck and stay one step ahead of the law, bill collectors, and anyone else chasing them.

This comic is written very tongue-in-cheek, but at the same time, Suriano and Chapman appear to have great love and respect for the genre whose over-used tropes they’re skewering.

This comic is very fast-paced, and is deliberately meant to be a fun read. For anyone in search of a good, light-hearted, but seriously badass read, look no further!

Written by: Andy Suriano & Matt Chapman

Illustrated by: Andy Suriano