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Scalped, Vol. 8: You Gotta Sin to Get Saved (Scalped #8)

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  1,485 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
#1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller

Fifteen years ago, Dashiell “Dash” Bad Horse ran away from a life of poverty and hopelessness on the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation in search of something better. Now he’s come back home armed with nothing but a set of nunchucks, a hell-bent-for-leather attitude and one dark secret, to find nothing much has changed on “The Rez” – short of a gli

Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Vertigo (first published November 1st 2011)
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Jan 26, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: creator-owned
Lincoln Red Crow is the hero? Wow Aaron, you sure got some balls on you. In the early days of this series, he was a ball breaking, hard-as-nails sumbitch who I was easily convinced was the villain. By the time I finished this book, I am convinced that I'd started with a very different understanding of the character than Aaron did.

This book is still drawing out the drama and suspense on addressing which circle of hell this express train of pain will crash. My patience is starting to stretch, as I
Sam Quixote
Dec 11, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
This flawless series continues with an excellent eighth volume, "You Gotta Sin To Get Saved", which sees Bad Horse receive an offer from Red Crow that will change everything - either he gets to take down Red Crow or replace him. Carol's presence in Granma's house has an unfortunate side effect on Poor Bear and an ominous consequence later on in the series, if the rantings of Catcher are to be believed, while the fate of Officer Falls Down is decided, the killer of Bad Horse's mother becomes desp ...more
Dec 04, 2011 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Aaron continues to delve deeper into the broken personalities of his cast of characters, and nearly every page will surprise you. People change, revert to their old ways, make decisions that seem mind-boggling, then make total sense. It's an incredible read from cover to cover. I finished this in about 2 hours.
Jun 05, 2016 Martin rated it really liked it
Two stand-alone issues preceded the 5-part title story. I would have to say that this volume is the 'slowest' one yet, and that not much really happens. Still enjoyable, however, but not as gripping as the volumes preceding it.
Eric England
Dec 28, 2012 Eric England rated it it was amazing
This volume of Scalped was just as astonishing as the earlier installments in the series. I am getting the feeling that once this saga comes to an end, it will rank with Sandman, Watchmen, and Joe Kelly's run on Deadpool as one of the greatest comic book works of all time. This volume is much more plot-driven than the issues featured in the previous installment. The story is advancing toward its inevitably bloody conclusion with all of the suspense and tension of a Sam Peckinpah film. At the sam ...more
If I could give 6 stars to this volume, I would!

A bit fast paced, the plot is cohesive throughout, very dramatic, complicated (in a good way), even funny in one spot... Everyone's histories are catching up with them, characters have learned from their pasts, dues are paid in blood. I can feel the end of the story approaching, but don't want to let go of this series!

The writer, Jason Aaron, is a force to reckon with and definitely to be watched and followed (though he's working on superheroes rig
Nov 28, 2016 Aron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Outstanding! This is always an extremely fun series to read & this volume was no different. Dont want to give much away, but Dash is finally getting in position to take down Red Crow. The only complaint I've ever had about this series is that at times the artwork doesn't seem as sharp as it could be. However the artwork in this Vol is excellent, & of course the writing is perfect as always. I've got used copies of the final two volumes on order from Amazon, supposed to be here the day af ...more
Jan 07, 2012 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Caught up on the last year's worth of this comic all in one night. If ever a comic cried out to be made into an HBO series, it's this one. It is as gripping as it ever was. One of the most brilliantly realized crime comics of all time. The good guys are pretty nasty and the bad guys have heart, and in the end everyone is left in the shades of gray between. This series pretty much demands to be read in large chunks, though. I can't imagine waiting for a month between issues and I'm so glad I save ...more
Jedi JC Daquis
Oct 06, 2015 Jedi JC Daquis rated it it was amazing
Volume 8 does not escalate the story in terms of action (but surely there is some fun gunbattles here, thanks to Agent Nitz) but int terms of a sense of heightened character motivations.

As the name of this volume suggests, this is a story of redemption and being again. Some, like Dino and Catcher may have some pretty bad experiences but all in all, this pretty much sets up the stage for thw climax.
Mark Desrosiers
Mar 28, 2012 Mark Desrosiers rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I've gotten used to Jason Aaron's dizzy spinning his moral compass round but here he strips (literally) some major characters down and makes the spiritual god-digesting mushbrains into toxic agents of either chaos, boredom, or danger. Fear is a man's best friend. Gambling's for fools. Not sure what's going on with Sheriff Wooster T. Karnow other than another dizzy has-been plonk picking a ridiculous battle. I just hope he's not named after Stanley.
Dana *
Mar 09, 2012 Dana * rated it it was amazing
One of the best series ever. Fantastic stories, human characters with real human flaws, realistic situations. Absolutely beautiful drawings.

The complexity of the love stories of Dash and Carol, Dash's Mom and Carol's Dad, and those that they set aside is continuously intriguing and heart breaking.
Feb 15, 2012 arjuna rated it it was amazing*t. I have no idea how they do it, but this keeps getting better and better and more and more gutwrenching and, oh good lord there are no words for this at all. I really, really like where this is going. Wherever that is. Scares the hell out of me on pretty much every character's behalf (and that's saying something).
Jeff Lanter
Dec 28, 2011 Jeff Lanter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I've run out of superlatives for this great series. It has to be the best comic out there right now. One thing I will say is that R. M. Guera's art is amazing and I really miss it every time someone does a fill-in issue.
Mar 13, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it
Fantastic series building to what looks like an explosive conclusion.
Nov 14, 2016 Kit rated it it was amazing
Jason Aaron's Scalped continues its visual and emotional assault on me and I continue to love it.
Sam Quixote
Dec 11, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This flawless series continues with an excellent eighth volume, "You Gotta Sin To Get Saved", which sees Bad Horse receive an offer from Red Crow that will change everything - either he gets to take down Red Crow or replace him. Carol's presence in Granma's house has an unfortunate side effect on Poor Bear and an ominous consequence later on in the series, if the rantings of Catcher are to be believed, while the fate of Officer Falls Down is decided, the killer of Bad Horse's mother becomes desp ...more
Bryce Holt
Apr 30, 2012 Bryce Holt rated it really liked it
"Scalped" is arguably the best serial I've ever read in the graphic novel sector (my only alternative to it being "Y: The Last Man" by Brian K Vaughan). In the first 3 or 4 collections of "Scalped," I grew to love and hate certain characters as their personalities and tangled histories came to life. As I turn the final page on the 8th installment, I find that the characters I least liked, I now love, and those that I loved, I hate. Nothing is stagnant on The Rez, and...much as in real life...the ...more
Oct 12, 2012 Vincent rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Daddy/mentor issues drive the drama in this volume of Scalped. Unlike the previous volume, which began with a subtle story about an elderly couple struggling to make ends meet, Volume 8 starts off with the familiar grit of a hard-edged sheriff with a lot of Tall Tales to tell. Gina Bad Horse's killer is also revealed in this volume and Red Crow, the mafia boss, makes Dash, his trusted confident, an important post in his organization. Red Crow also has a heart-to-heart meeting with his mentor.

Heath Lowrance
Mar 22, 2014 Heath Lowrance rated it it was amazing
A few long-standing plot threads are (more or less) tied up in Volume 8 of Scalped, but first a couple of "prelude" type chapters: in the first, minor recurring character and grade-A shit-talker Sheriff Karnow finally has to live up to his outsized reputation, and his failure sets him up to be, perhaps, a major factor in the saga later. Then we catch up to Federal Agent Nitz in the middle of a crisis.

After that, the central story here begins. Red Crow faces a serious challenge to his tribal lead
Dec 08, 2016 Kenneth rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Interesting series. First few arcs describe the players with the reader wondering who really killed the two FBI agents & the protagonist's mom. The final few arcs tied up all the loose ends.
Jeff Rice
Nov 28, 2011 Jeff Rice rated it it was amazing
So this is a fitting end to a fantastic series. Not my favorite of all the Scalped books, but if you've read the rest, you're going to read this one. And you won't be disappointed. If you're not familiar with Scalped - get familiar. It's gritty crime fiction in the unusual setting of a South Dakota Indian reservation. You watch the vicious cycle of morally defunct getting rich on the backs of the weak-willed and the destitute, exacerbated by the wholly awful situation that is the res. To make ma ...more
Corto Maltese
Oct 05, 2013 Corto Maltese rated it really liked it
Although Aaron finds his way back to his excellent storytelling in this book, it also marks his low point yet. I had some things to criticize in the previous volume, but none as much as the (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 05, 2012 Nikki rated it liked it
Volume 8 continues to flesh out this cast of unlikable, yet somehow still sympathetic characters, but it didn't blow me away the way the last volume did. Partially, I think it's the artwork. Scalped has always been so dark that it's hard to follow action sequences, but this one seems worse than usual. I'm still not clear on the sequence of events in the showdown between Dash and Catcher at the end, for example. Also, some of the faces in this one seem more exaggerated, particularly Nitz and Catc ...more
Aug 17, 2013 Phil rated it really liked it
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Brendan M.
Feb 01, 2016 Brendan M. rated it liked it
The two stand-alones don't really tell us any new information, but the art is fun. The main story actually solves a bunch of my complaints about volume 7, pivoting the story into new directions while resolving other plots. Lincoln Red Crow is the stand out character here - he's the reason I keep reading this series, and this is a great volume for his character. Points deducted for having one entire issue rely on the "Nice Guy/Friend Zone/I Think Of You Like A Brother" punchline.
Aug 08, 2013 Cale rated it liked it
With the quality of Rez Blues, it was pretty clear that this is where things would start to go bad. This basically is a piece-mover collection, as characters get set up for the finale. There's a absurdistly silly section about Agent Nitz, and a couple other character pieces, but no major set pieces. Not bad, but after the last book, it was a little bit of a let down.
Artemiy Nizovtsev
Jul 16, 2015 Artemiy Nizovtsev rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, vertigo
Still very good, but it feels like the story is a bit too stretched out at this point. I feel like it should have come to an end somewhere around this volume, but there are still two trades left. On the other hand, two trades seem probably just about right to tie up all the many plot lines that were accumulating since issue 1. Looking forward to the grand finale.
Nov 23, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
It is remarkable that this far in you could have a series of stories in which the protagonist barely appears, telling gripping stories around the edges, filling the backstory that brought supporting cast and villains to where they are with depth and nuance and ambiguity and sympathy. Jason Aaron is just the best guy writing in comics right now.
Dec 13, 2011 Jeremy rated it really liked it
This is a really great series. Not groundbreaking or mindblowing, just damn solid. The monthly is wrapping up soon, which means there's only a couple more volumes of the trades to go. It'll be sad to see it go, but I can't wait for the final volumes.
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Jason Aaron grew up in a small town in Alabama. His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers, on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where h ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Scalped (10 books)
  • Scalped, Vol. 1: Indian Country
  • Scalped, Vol. 2: Casino Boogie
  • Scalped, Vol. 3: Dead Mothers
  • Scalped, Volume 4: The Gravel in Your Guts
  • Scalped, Vol. 5: High Lonesome
  • Scalped, Vol. 6: The Gnawing
  • Scalped, Vol. 7: Rez Blues
  • Scalped, Volume 9: Knuckle Up
  • Scalped, Volume 10: Trail's End

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