Last week I read the third volume of Scalped, the highly acclaimed series from writer Jason Aaron and artist R. M. Guéra. The story follows Dashiell “Dash” Badhorse who, after running away from the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation fourteen years ago, returns as an undercover agent for the FBI. His mission: to investigate suspected crime boss and tribal leader Lincoln Red Crow.
This series was an unlikely favorite since crime isn’t really a genre I’d go crazy for, and the only reason I picked up the first volume was because there was so much praise behind it. But as soon as I started reading the novel, I was hooked.
What I really like about this series is that it feels very real. A lot of the story’s elements are grounded on Native American history, and the richness of their culture makes the novel that much more compelling. I also love that the art fits the story really well. The mixture of dark and vibrant colors adds so much to the comic’s gritty atmosphere.
This is definitely one of the more serious graphic novels I read, but Aaron’s masterful writing is sure to have you turning pages with all the twists and turns. You’ll find yourself deeply invested in the characters, constantly worrying when they get into trouble and breathing a sigh of relief when they pull through.
You know a story is good when it evokes real emotion, and that is precisely what this book does. Scalped capped off with issue number 60 back in 2012, and the hardcover compilations which I’m collecting will have two more volumes, set to be released later this year. With consistently solid and intense story arcs, I’m sure the conclusion to this sordid masterpiece can only be explosive. I can’t wait to read it.
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This looks gory. But I suppose that it goes with the genre. For some reason reading it and using your imagination isn’t as scary as a graphic novel of the same genre. But you’ve convinced me to check this out.
Yeah there are a lot of really intense scenes but none of them feel overdone. It’s not one of those graphic novels that do gore for gore’s sake. These guys know what they’re doing.
That’s great! I’ll have to check this out then!
If you’re a huge crime fan, also check out graphic novels by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. The duo is notorious for their gritty crime comics. So far I’ve read Fatale and The Fadeout (links below) and I’m planning to pick up some of their earlier works.
The Fadeout: https://imagecomics.com/comics/series/the-fade-out
Oooo. Thanks. I’ll check those out ASAP.