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11/07/2008 Entry: "Comic Review: Schlock Mercenary: The Tub of Happiness"

Schlock Mercenary: The Tub of Happiness
Story and Art: Howard Tayler
Published by The Tayler Corporation
ISBN-13: 978-0-9779074-0-3

Review by Kris

In the 31st century Schlock, a green blobby A-morph, and his trusty plasma cannon join Tagon's Toughs, a space mercenary company. Here he meets with many zany adventures from a hostile corporate take over by Andreyasn Interstellar/Intergalactic Enterprises, to battles with deathly evil bugs and everything in between. Schlock Mercenary is an online comic at Every day brings you a new comic, a new adventure for Schlock and Tagon's Toughs.

I was given Schlock Mercenary: the Tub of Happiness by the one and only Howard Tayler, creator of Schlock Mercenary, at Anime Banzai in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a local cartoonist from Orem, Utah. He is a self-taught artist and gave up a six-figure income to become a full time cartoonist. Not only was he interesting to talk to, I found myself enthralled by Schlock Mercenary. It looks like he has a new fan!

With the kooky cast of characters in Schlock Mercenary: the Tub of Happiness I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions. From the narrator's comments to the author's notes there is something hilarious on every page. There is even more enjoyment for the local crowd. From plays on words like Intergalactic Health Care (the health care provider for Tagon's Toughs) to inside the Mormon Beltway jokes made it that much more funny. I now have a huge desire to read more from the Schlock Mercenary universe.

Schlock Mercenary: The Tub of Happiness is the first book (in chronological order at least) in a long line of books featuring our favorite green A-morph and company of bumbling mercenaries. Grab your tub of Ovalkwik, pull up a comfy seat and make sure to keep your plasma cannon handy to take care of anyone who might want to disturb your reading. Trust me, you'll love it (OMMMINOUS HUMMMMM)!

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