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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.See all Editorial Reviews
It feels like it tries too hard to be gritty to have any personality of its own. I love the setting. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jonathan Chance
This volume is primarily exposition and "world building," but it is still remarkable. The story is sad, beautifully drawn, and feels genuine. Read morePublished 11 months ago by CaitlinIsTemp
Interesting start to a series. Some of the characters seem very stereotypical at this point but hoping as I get deeper into things that will changePublished 11 months ago by Chad Hammel
Great TP. Can't wait to get the rest of them but unfortunately, Amazon doesn't carry any volumes but the first! What's up with that?Published 12 months ago by Gregg DeBeck
I just got my copy of Scalped Vol 1: Indian Country last night and churned my way through it in one sitting. It was impossible to put down. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Vandal
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The story: A violent, sociopath named Dashiell Bad-Horse, with anger issues and bleak past returns to his home on an Indian Reservation after fifteen years away. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Callum Scott
As another reviewer put it, "It doesn't get any better than this." What doesn't? Comic books. Crime fiction. Westerns. And political fiction too. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jonathan E. Haynes
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