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Scalped, Volume 10: Trail's End (Scalped #10)

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Fifteen years ago, Dashiell "Dash" Bad Horse ran away from a life of poverty and hopelessness on the Prairie Rose Indian Reservationin 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 glimmering new casino run by a co
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Vertigo (first published September 1st 2012)
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Mike
Sep 30, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: creator-owned
Of course, in an Aaron tale the law wouldn't be the end of the story. Here especially. I was initially fooled into thinking, "there's no way there's any more story to tell after the big arrest". Boy is there. Plenty of confrontations, bad decisions, people seeking redemption and little of that to be found.

At the end of this amazing saga, I find myself not entirely satisfied. I can see why Aaron ended this the way he did, and there's a certain poetic justice in how everyone ended up. I don't thin
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Daryl
Jul 14, 2013 Daryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels, crime
The five-star rating is not only for this volume, but for the series as a whole. I read the final three volumes in the last week. I tried to read them slowly to savor them, but found I couldn't. The writing throughout the series has been amazing, and by the end, everything pays off. Vertigo has published some great series - 100 Bullets, Y: The Last Man - and this ranks right up there with the best of them. R.M. Guera's art meshes with Jason Aaron's story perfectly, and even when there were fill- ...more
Bevans
Sep 18, 2012 Bevans rated it it was amazing
Goddamn, this is brilliant. A perfectly executed story, dozens of great characters, and wonderful art. I really hope they collect the series into some nice hardcovers, because I want to read it again and pass it along to my friends.
Cyndi
Jun 05, 2014 Cyndi rated it it was amazing
Great finish to one of the best series I have traveled through. Superlative!!! Writing! Characters! The tale!

I am reminded of Michael Corleone's passionate revelation from Godfather III...just when I think I'm out, THEY PULL ME BACK IN!!! The lives of all involved are irreparably changed in the final betrayals. The resolution may leave you tweaked . Absolutely loved it!
Sam Quixote
Feb 16, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
A breathtaking end to an amazing series.

Full review here
nobody nico
Jun 24, 2015 nobody nico rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of the best comic series you will ever read.
Larry C
Sep 24, 2016 Larry C rated it really liked it
Wow! What an amazing, dramatic, noir, western, thriller. This whole 10 volume (60 issue) series is highly recommended. I just read the last 3 1/2 volumes in one day. Bing worthy for sure!
Josh
Dec 01, 2012 Josh rated it it was amazing
SERIES: 10/10

An excellent take on crime fiction. Jason Aaron says it best in his afterword: 60 issues, 10 trade paperbacks, over 1200 pages. This is an epic work that can read like a whole novel if the entire series is taken in (which is now possible being that the whole series is available in paperback).

At first, the story centers on Dashiell Bad Horse, a disillusioned tough guy with a self-hatred for his own people, returning to his degenerating hometown, the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation, i
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Heath Lowrance
Mar 23, 2014 Heath Lowrance rated it it was amazing
The end of this epic, violent, emotional, intense crime drama doesn't disappoint. But it does give us a lot of unexpected moments. Yeah, there's the obligatory bloody three-way stand-off (we'd have felt ripped off without that) but there's so much more besides. There's excellent character moments and sudden insights and bittersweet endings and even a little hope. There's open-endedness and world-weary resignation. There's self-discovery and finally-realized Truth, with a capital T.

Jason Aaron co
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Nikki
Jul 15, 2014 Nikki rated it really liked it
It should come as no surprise that Scalped had a bittersweet ending. I've written in earlier reviews about my discomfort with a white guy telling a Native American story, so I won't belabor that here. I want to talk about the characters, because they are what kept bringing me back. I'm a sucker for nuanced characters, characters who live in the gray, and Scalped may have the strongest set of characters I've ever come to know. They live in the dark end of gray, to be sure. They are despicable, ug ...more
Sonic
Mar 03, 2014 Sonic rated it it was amazing
An absolutely perfect conclusion to one of the very best (epic) series that I have read in comics.
It is a hard-boiled thrilling thrill ride
that felt like it was threatening to boil over from the very beginning
and I know many of us were like
"Come On! When are things gonna come to a head!!!???"

And yet it always seemed just on the very fu<(in edge of boiling over!

Great characters
great plot
great pacing
amazing (Seriously Amazing!) art, especially from the principle co-creator Guera
and with all
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Eric England
Jan 31, 2013 Eric England rated it it was amazing
A truly amazing conclusion to one of the best comic book series of all time. This volume has it all. Great character moments are augmented by truly riveting and intense action sequences. The atmosphere and feeling of dread makes the reader quicken their pulse and turn the page like there is no tomorrow. Every member of the Scalped cast is changed at the end of their journey. While some of the characters' are surprising at first glance, all of their destinies make sense when viewed through the co ...more
Richard Guion
Nov 20, 2012 Richard Guion rated it it was amazing
The final volume of Scalped is a fitting end to the entire series. Dash's journey comes full circle and is bitter sweet. One of the best mature comics series that I've ever read, ranks up there with Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned and Ex Machina, Vol. 1: The First Hundred Days. I hope Jason Aaron returns to this type of creator owned material in the future.
Iain Macleod
Nov 21, 2012 Iain Macleod rated it it was amazing
5 stars not only for this volume but the series as a whole. Scalped is the best crime comic that I have ever read, taking over my previous favourite; 100 Bullets. The conclusion here easily manages to be exciting, tense and surprising. Not only surprising in how some of the characters stories end, mostly in a perfect storm of fire, blood and bullets, but also in the level of emotion that seeps through in the final pages. Jason Aaron's hard boiled writing and Rio Guera's dusty, bloody artwork man ...more
Jedi JC Daquis
Oct 06, 2015 Jedi JC Daquis rated it it was amazing
A fitting conclusion to a behemoth 60-issue of an indian story, Trail's end gives a glimpse of what happened to the main characters after the climatic volume 9.

Ultimately, Prairie Rose has undergone so much reconstruction, save for others who have succumbed to a life of crime and misery.

To be honest, I really didn't expect much from the last volume, since I alnost certainly knew that the climax has already happened. But like a magnificent story, you have to see it until the end. Dash is certainl
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Aaron
Mar 08, 2013 Aaron rated it it was amazing
An emotional, gut-wrenching, climactic, and incredibly fitting end to one of the best comic series I've ever read. This series is just as enthralling as Breaking Bad, as intense as the Sopranos, as alive as Deadwood. I cannot recommend this series highly enough, especially after the payoff this final volume gives. This is a series I am going to read over and over again, and one we'll be talking about for decades.
Jeff Lanter
Dec 02, 2012 Jeff Lanter rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Well it is finally the end of my favorite comic series. I will say this volume is quite a change of pace from the previous ones. It was jarring in both good and bad ways. Ultimately, it is all about the ending which satisfies and makes sense, but didn't blow me away as much as I expected. The ending is no tarnish on what is an absolutely fantastic series though. Scalped gets my highest recommendation.
Bill Williams
Dec 06, 2012 Bill Williams rated it it was amazing
Jason Aaron's sprawling reservation noir thriller comes to a sudden stop with this collection. The gun fight that had been brewing for sixty issues, does not disappoint as Dash Bad Horse, Lincoln Red Crow and an army of thugs shoot it out in the heart of a raging inferno.

This final piece of the puzzle completes the portrait of life and crime on the reservation. It's top notch work.
Jacob
Nov 19, 2012 Jacob rated it it was amazing
Scalped, through and through, one of the best sequential art stories I've ever read. Native American crime on the rez. I'll miss this series and already look forward to starting over and consuming it all at a rate much faster than 5 years time. For those interested on the concept: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scalped
Craig
Jan 09, 2016 Craig rated it really liked it
Great series and a pretty good finish, though the artwork was just a bit too chaotic in that final showdown to be able to tell what the heck was going on.
Ian Carpenter
Sep 30, 2015 Ian Carpenter rated it it was amazing
This series is incredible. Haven't read anything as good since 100 Bullets. Feels like the Wire of graph novels.
Alan Chen
Jul 28, 2015 Alan Chen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
More people should be reading this series! It's noir graphic novel at its best. Brubaker wrote an intro for one of the volumes of Scalped and he said that noir doesn't have to fit into a specific mold (entrapped gumshoe detective) but it's a feeling. The vibe you get when all the characters are heading towards an inescapable trajectory of their own demise. Aaron never failed to emote that from each panel of the story. Any flicker of good things happening is quickly blown away and all paths lead ...more
Corto Maltese
Oct 07, 2013 Corto Maltese rated it it was amazing
I won't get into the details. Everybody who made it till here don't need any convincing to read the book.
Let me just say that Aaron manages to bring his amazing book to a throughly satisfying end. Of course there is all the violence and twists I grew fond of though the other nine volumes, but Scalped was always a more character-driven (as opposed to plotdriven) book and Aaron writes the greatest endings for all of them. (view spoiler)
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Michael Emond
Apr 09, 2015 Michael Emond rated it liked it
I'll keep it short since I summed up my feelings in a previous review. Bad Horse is still an awful character to build a story around. Red Crow was more interesting and obviously that was the author's intent but why then build the story around Bad Horse?

You can cheer the fact Bad Horse doesn't end up with his true love and not everything is a happy ending but...again that felt unsatisfying to me. We have come 60 issues and I don't feel Bad Horse's story was interesting or worth the long journey.
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Cale
Aug 09, 2013 Cale rated it really liked it
The end wasn't as climactic as I was expecting, but it still gave good closure, often in surprising ways. There were many twists and turns I didn't expect, and character role switches that were surprising. There is a major moment in the burning remnants of the casino that is powerful, but Aaron takes the time to show where the characters go after that, giving us a more realistic end and not going for a happily ever after moment. I don't know that anyone got that, but after everything that has ha ...more
Rural Soul
Aug 22, 2016 Rural Soul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
One hell of a comic series.
The best discovery i had in graphic novels craze.
I don't want to write for the sake of explanations that why did i love this series. I cant do it as i have dozens of that. I cant do that and i am sorry.
The modern day life in an Indian Reservation in Dakota. Alcohol, Drugs, Violence, Crime, Murders and Corruption.
The Casino mentioned in the series is named Crazy Horse Casino and i discovered that they had a warrior named as Crazy Horse.
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I wish the Native Americans would
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Ije the Devourer of Books
Jan 07, 2015 Ije the Devourer of Books rated it it was amazing
I have come to the end of the most brilliant graphic novel series that I have ever read.

And I just feel bereft and at a loss. I wanted this crazy roller coaster ride to continue.

I wanted more, much more.

And so I am very very pleased that this series is going to be adapted for TV. The sooner the better.

Move over Walking Dead because Scalped is here!!

There are no heroes in this series. There are only men and women with ancient pasts that haunt them and recent pasts that cannot be overcome. The
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Alex Sarll
If you like crime stories, and haven't read much in the way of crime comics, then Scalped is the comic I'd recommend (though not this volume, which, as the title suggests, is the conclusion). Brubaker and Philips get all the love in this field, but for me their work, while great fun, tends to feel like pastiche, and (Sleeper and Last of the Innocent) aside, I never really invest in the characters. Whereas in this epic of dirty deeds on the reservation, and bad decisions never being forgiven, eve ...more
Dave Glorioso
Dec 28, 2013 Dave Glorioso rated it really liked it
I was slightly disappointed with the flow of this final book. It was exciting but I found the relationship Dash chose as odd. Yes, I get the 'new start' decision but...
Also, Lincoln too decisive to be as wishy washy as he was.
Although, I did like the final several pages and was happy with the outcome of my favorite people in the story.
The final books art was fair.

Overall, I would still say Scalped was one of my favorite reads.
There were many characters that I found captivating and the story was
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Dana *
Jan 29, 2013 Dana * rated it it was amazing
Wow, Fantastic. Excellent ending. I think I will start over at the beginning and read it all over again. Beautiful. Heart rending, really.
SPOILERS FOLLOW


I'm still a little confused about Catcher. Didn't he die under the horse?

Poor Dash, a second child he will never know.
Poor Red Crow, lost his real son and his wanna be son who loved him more than anyone.
Poor Gina, killed for nothing by what should have been the least of her worries.
Poor Carol, she straightened up but lost the rewards.

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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, Vol. 8: You Gotta Sin to Get Saved
  • Scalped, Volume 9: Knuckle Up

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