Artist:R.M. Guéra (Illustrator)
Content:Scalped is a book for mature audiences. It contains language, violence, gore, nudity, and adult situations.
Introduction:This violent and provocative tale of life on the reservation is a no holds barred, Sopranoesque tale about past mistakes, bold moves, and a proud people brought low by lies, violence, and corrupt men and women. This tale from the Marvel Comics Talent Search winner takes the reader down a dark and twisted path that just might have some light at the end of the tunnel.
The Story:Dashiell Bad Horse has been missing from the reservation he grew up on in South Dakota for fifteen years. He returns unannounced to his old friends and family to tear it up and harass the locals to the point where he takes on fifteen of the local mob bosses cronies and nearly beats them with a pair of nunchuks.
The mob boss is Lincoln Red Crow. He is the president of the local tribal council, sheriff of the tribal police force, managing director of the local casino and has his hands in every part of the tribal life on the reservation. He is not someone to be messed with.
Review:This is a very raw story that I could see easily offend some people. This reservation shows the worst that Native Americans can come too, and it isnt pretty. In the words of Dashiell, The Indian wars are over, and you guys #$%@ing lost. The picture of these proud people is often hard to look at, but just may be the perfect setting for a chance at redemption.
The art is dark and reminds me of Frank Millers Sin City. Even the scenes in the daytime have a shadowy and washed out look to them, which seems to work with the story rather well although there were a few times that it felt a bit to dark, making it hard to distinguish certain characters.
Conclusion:For his first main foray into the world of comic books, Jason Aaron has a strong start with Scalped. But like many races, it doesnt really matter how you start it as long as you finish well. If Aaron keeps going the way he is, Scalped will go down as a great Vertigo title.
This story gives a unique view into the world of Native Americans and supposed life on the reservation. It will be hard to look at and it may not be pretty, but it will surely be one hell of a ride.