Scalped Vol. 1: Indian Country Paperback – Aug 1 2007
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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 Product Description
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Scalped tells the story of Bad Horse's return to the rez, after he left behind a distraught activist mother and Carol, a girl who loves him. Sadly (for her, not the reader who gets to gawk at several nude illustrations) Carol shacks anyone with a male anatomy. Her own daddy calls her a whore, hence why I rated the book less than five stars. Women are just badly portrayed.
Of course, instead of fixing the situation with these two women who love him, Bad Horse gets mixed up between the cops and the town folks protesting against the new casino.