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Starred Review. Aaron's reservation setting, described by a character in the first chapter as a third world nation in the heart of America, is perfect for a story of crime and family. Dash Bad Horse has come back to the reservation he ran away from at age 13. Now he enforces the law in a land where many have given up hope. Bad Horse is also an undercover FBI agent, put back in his home so federal authorities can take down crime boss and casino owner Lincoln Red Crow. Aaron masterfully depicts Bad Horse's tortured split psychology. The character is tough as nails and switches quickly between displaying likable and unlikable behavior. The family dynamics, which includes Bad Horse's activist mother and Red Crow's wild daughter, could come off as soap opera, but Aaron knows how to use personal relationships to explain character and setting. The world of the Prairie Rose Reservation is full of life thanks to the art of Guera, somewhat in the vein of Eduardo Risso's on 100 Bullets. His characters contain a certain amount of grace no matter how ugly the situations get. The second story collected in the book is the flashback-heavy Hoka Hey, which shows that Aaron has a complex history planned for these characters. (Aug.)
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"Overwhelming is the right word to use for this book. It's a must-buy." - Silver Bullet Comics "Scalped reads like an action movie... punctuated by dollops of violence, splashes of sexuality, and seeds of future storylines planted everywhere you look." - Newsarama.com "Jason Aaron's new creation hits the mark. His latest work might start an avalanche unlike Indian Country has ever seen... If Scalped doesn't leave shivers down your back, read it again." - RezNet News" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401213170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401213176
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jason Aaron is an Eisner and Harvey Award nominated comic book writer best known for the critically acclaimed crime series Scalped for Vertigo Comics and series such as Wolverine, Thor God of Thunder, Punisher MAX, Ghost Rider and Wolverine & the X-Men for Marvel Comics. He was born in Alabama but currently resides in Kansas City.

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The protagonist: A hard as nails nunchak-wielding Indian FBI Agent who is a master of Tae Kwon Do and the art of stomping people's brains out. The Villain: A former "Red Power" Indian activist turned Crime Boss and Casino Owner with a penchant for scalping. The Supporting cast: A beautiful drug-addicted alcoholic suffering from nymphomania (the Crime Boss' daughter), and one lone woman standing against the forces of corruption threatening to tear her community apart (the mother of the proverbial hero of the story). Enough to get you interested yet? But wait...there's more! Throw in a mystery surrounding the events that led to Dashiel Bad Horse (our FBI agent) returning to the Prairie Rose Reservation which he escaped from when only 13, and why a certain FBI superior blackmails him into doing the Bureau's bidding, coupled with the relationship between his mother and Boss Lincoln Red Crow as well as the romantic attentions of the enemy's daughter...Isn't this enough to make you want to pick up this book? Trust me, there's still more, but I don't want to ruin it for anyone. I'll finish by saying this: Scalped is the best comic book out there at the moment. Buy it if you like a fast-paced narrative with lots of action and intrigue (meant for mature readers; this is DC's Vertigo imprint after all), as well as some pretty amazing art. I simply can't recommend it highly enough.
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Easily one of the best new books out there. Jason Aaron weaves an amazing story that draws the reader instantly and rewards them with every page. The story is split between past and present and builds a rich pantheon of deap characters.
I'll be honest the story didn't appeal to me while reading reviews of it but once I started reading I was hooked.
R.M. Guera's artwork is masterful, he captures the somber mood of the reservation in every page. I find it easy to get detached from the story when the artwork doesn't work well with the writing but in Scalped the two elements merge perfectly.
I strongly suggest giving Scalped a try, I for one can't wait for more.
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I've just finished a fresh re-read of the five issues collected in this trade specifically for prep in writing this review. Jason Aaron, previous to giving us Scalped, penned a mini-series called The Other Side, also published through Vertigo. Prior to that, Aaron was basically unheard of. The fact that he's hit a bullseye with his very first monthly series is incredible but I assure you, dear pondering reader, that it is a fact. Indian Country introduces us to Dashiell Bad Horse, a native to The Prairie Rose Reservation, South Dakota. The first thing Dash does is get into a fight with fifteen guys in a bar. With nunchaku, no less! He is, to put it mildly, looking for trouble. He's been off the Rez for fifteen years and has just come back for reasons made clear at the end of the first issue (or part I of the Indian Country arc). Right away Jason Aaron assaults the reader with abrasive language and since we're reading a Vertigo book, there are no asterisks, ampersands, question or exclamation marks to cover up the naughty words. It's hardcore, is what I'm saying, and it reads like real talk for real thugs and hoodlums.

It isn't long before the main "villain" is introduced, Lincoln Red Crow. Red Crow is the Council Tribal President and essentially runs the reservation. His introduction leaves no question as to how ruthless a character he is but I don't like to use the label of villain to sum him up, hence the quotation marks above. Again, putting it mildly, he's complicated. In describing these two characters, I do hope I'm implying the excellence in Aaron's writing and characterization. All the characters in this book are, at best, morally grey.
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I am actually going to use this space to write a review of the entire Scalped series, which actually includes ten trade paperbacks. The reasons for this are: (1) At the time I write this DC/Vertigo has not published an Omnibus edition collecting the entire Scalped series; (2) the quality of the ten TPBs is constant - they are all written by Jason Aaron and, mostly, illustrated by RM Guera; and (3) obviously if you are going to read all of Scalped, you are going to start by buying Volume 1.

If Amazon allowed half-star reviews, I would give Scalped a 4.5. It is definitely a work for adults that should be kept away from impressionable children. The series contains lots of very violent scenes or torture and murder, hardcore drug abuse, domestic violence and sex. Reading Scalped feels like watching a particular compelling crime-drama. Comparisons could certainly be made to the Sopranos. I thinking about other comic-series, Azzarello's 100 Bullets comes to mind, although Scalped is much more compelling and plausible. It could be compared to Ed Brubaker's Criminal, but with a single narrative plot.

RM Guera draws approximately 80-85% of the issues. His artwork is dark and gritty and provides great ambiance for a very dark story. The story has a great plot with twists that, unfortunately, I felt were somewhat predictable. The most impressive part of Aaron's plot is how tight it is. The ending ties up and is dependent upon every single story detail, no matter how minor it seemed at the time, that was developed throughout the entire volume. I imagine Aaron plotted the entire thing before even scripting the first issue.

Where Scalped really shines is the characterization.
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