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Scalped, Vol. 5: High Lonesome (Scalped #5)

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  1,794 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Jason Aaron, the hot new writer of the critically acclaimed limited series, THE OTHER SIDE, teams with gritty artist R.M. Guéra for an intense crime drama that mixes organized crime with current Native American culture. Fifteen years ago, Dashiell "Dash" Bad Horse ran away from a life of abject poverty and utter hopelessness on the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation searching ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Vertigo
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Sam Quixote
Oct 29, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
In this fifth book in the series, we are introduced to a con-man who hustles blackjack, we learn more about FBI Agent Nitz, there's background on Diesel's troubled childhood, and Bad Horse's heroin addiction gets worse as he's roped into a heist to save Red Crow discovering that he's an undercover FBI Agent. And the killer of Gina Bad Horse is revealed.

There's a lot going on in "High Lonesome" and it's definitely the best in the series so far with revelations and action coming thick and fast. T
Dec 03, 2014 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Wow. Jason Aaron has already made it to my top 5 comic writer list, and with this kind of work, he could make the jump to favourite of ALL genres. This is crime noir that sits comfortably alongside Elmore Leonard, Raymond Chandler, and in his own medium, Ed Brubaker. The best noir ironically requires shades of grey; many...not quite 50...but a lot. Aaron has a cast in this series we have been getting to know, but here in this volume, we delve into the back stories of some of the more important m ...more
Oct 21, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: creator-owned
That was some of the most compelling storytelling I've read in *long* while. Why can't all graphic novels be that good? Wow, at this rate Aaron's going to ruin me for 90% of the decent authors out there.

Aaron comes up with character flaws and the perspective to explain (even glorify) them so good that I actually want to meet these disgusting excuses for humanity. The secondary characters featured in this book are amazing - makes me wonder how many personality disorders Aaron is carrying around t
Mar 14, 2014 Cyndi rated it it was amazing
Oh my gods!!! This may be one of the best noir adventures I have ever read!!! Just when you think you have reached the nadir, the author takes you to a darker hole! Yet, i still hold hope for Dash's redemption. Onward and downward fellow travelers!
Jedi JC Daquis
Oct 04, 2015 Jedi JC Daquis rated it it was amazing
High Lonesome isn't that action-packed as the 4th volume. But hell, this is surprisingly good as things turn out to be evil I cannot even root for even one character (except you Officer Falls Down, you are one helluva good cop). Dash and his drug addiction, Nitz and his vendetta, Diesel the 1/16 Kickapoo sociopath.

Volume 5 is no midseasom finale. It is a necessary motivation for the worse events to come.
William Thomas
May 19, 2012 William Thomas rated it liked it
My grandaddy was full blooded Cherokee that come outta the Smokey Mountains in eastern Tennessee and ended up setting himself down outside of Memphis in a town called Ripley right around 1940. He'd already had one family on a reservation out east and just up and left them to fend for themselves before he took up with my granma and started a whole new family out there in the cotton picking fields of western Tennessee. He never talked about like on the reservation, never made a mention of his prev ...more
Feb 18, 2017 Ctgt rated it really liked it
May 26, 2010 Christopher rated it it was amazing
Jason Aaron continues to blow me away with this book. It is one of the most enjoyable stories I have ever read, populated by characters that I hate or pity or fear. It is the proverbial train wreck that I can’t stop watching. Everyone here is wretched, addicted, disgusting, evil. We are watching them destroy themselves and each other. We are compelled by this story, drawn into this world of horrible crimes. And there is no stylish or romanticized violence. It’s brutal. There’s nothing cool about ...more
Neil McCrea
Jun 14, 2014 Neil McCrea rated it it was amazing
Much of the best crime fiction of the last decade or so has appeared in graphic novel form rather than simply in prose. Scalped is at the very top of that particular phenomenon.

This volume is made up of five vignettes each focusing on a different character from the series (four regular characters and one new one). Many big mysteries are solved, almost casually. Two of the most opaque characters are given some depth. And a heist attempt on the casino gives some narrative umph that isn't driven en
Oct 26, 2016 Aron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Good grief this is a great series! This volume like the four previous was almost impossible for me to put down. Dash isn't the only great character, every character in the series brings something entertaining & twisty to the table. I'm just glad this isn't a brand new series because I'd hate to have to wait to see how this is gonna end. Gonna start Vol. 6 immediately. Highly recommend.
Rural Soul
Aug 17, 2016 Rural Soul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Catcher says, "Hookah Hey Motherfuckers".
I had to see meaning of this which meant "A good day to die".
I really love this series.
Mar 04, 2017 Đenis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-shelf, borrow-ed
Trošku mi to začína vadiť to neustále skákanie medzi dátumami. Na každej druhej strane iný rok.
Feb 18, 2017 Norma rated it really liked it
Oh my god, did this graphic novel make me cry and laugh. Really, really well-done story by Israeli artist Modan, about a young woman and her grandmother going to Warsaw to find out about a property her grandmother's family owned before the war. There is also some romance, an annoyingly boorish acquaintance, and a very sly sense of humor. I wish I still taught Jewish-themed comic book classes so I could force people to read this.
Mark Desrosiers
Jun 18, 2010 Mark Desrosiers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Here the plot doesn't move forward: mostly flashbacks and backstories of the nastiest characters we've seen trying to slit each other's throats (plus one new, shrewdly drawn trickster). But wow, the hero we once loved has fallen straight into hell, and the blond bully we still hate gets a squalid, tearjerker origin story. I'm still astounded by how this series keeps pushing the noir-crime boundary forward, past sun-drenched Indian territory into a new midnight of crushed seventies idealism, prim ...more
Apr 11, 2012 John rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic
It took me forever to finish this volume, and it's not like it's difficult reading. I may stop reading the series, even though I've already bought the next volume. I do think High Lonesome revealed something to me though about the series: the true wellspring of most that has been good about it is the illustration of R.M. Guera, not the words of Jason Aaron.

Of the five issues collected in High Lonesome, two have "guest illustrators." These two issues are completely boring, lacking in anything th
Oct 06, 2012 Vincent rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I was introduced to Scalped when a man came up to me at the Mid-Manhattan Library and told me I would like it because it was "real and violent". I thanked him but it wasn't what I was looking for at the time. A few weeks later, I did look for it and I am glad I remember that man's suggestion.

"High Lonesome" is the first book I've read in the series. It is actually the fifth book in the series. I am sure that I am going to go back and read numbers one to four, but it's because I want to not beca
Heath Lowrance
Mar 17, 2014 Heath Lowrance rated it it was amazing
This volume is mostly a series of vignettes focusing on characters who have been, up until now, peripheral. We get a look at the messed-up childhood of Diesel, the insanely violent white Indian-wannabe. We learn what tragic forces push Agent Nitz to seek revenge on Red Crow and all the other former Indian radicals, and, in a story driven mostly by Officer Falls Down, we finally learn who killed those Fed in the '70's, and who killed Gina Bad Horse. It's a shocking revelation I personally didn't ...more
Oct 16, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it
When i was a kid, i looked forward to the color comics in the Sunday newspaper, especially on rainy fall mornings like this. As a high-school freshman paperboy (still a kid), i dreaded delivering the Sunday editions on mornings like this, but at least i'd alway have a few envelopes with the customers' weekly payment to spend on a half-dozen donuts that i'd scarf down while watching World Wrestling Federation "bouts," followed by reading the sports section of the paper and the color comics.

Ije the Devourer of Books
Dec 24, 2014 Ije the Devourer of Books rated it it was amazing
Definitely graphic noir at it's best!!

The series continues to be gritty, dark and violent with new characters arriving on the Rez with their own special brand of mayhem, murder, cheating and violence.

This is a story that explores chaos and violence and how the ripple effect of these can ride for years on the waves of vengeance.

It is a blood thirsty story and there are no heroes here, just a group of flawed people who have tried to make life work for them by using tools and means that in themsel
Kevin Mann
May 25, 2013 Kevin Mann rated it it was amazing
I Didn't really know much about SCALPED other than it might be film noirish, and featuring Native Americans. Can't really say the art attracted me at first either, it looked kind of uber-generic. But as a crime fiction-film noir buff, that being my favorite genre, i decided to randomly buy a TPB. I went for the issue count middle of pack, which was around this volume. It helped to join in progress in an arc introducing a classic card counter, drifter type who eventually stages a casino heist. I ...more
Nov 22, 2010 Nikki rated it liked it
High Lonesome didn't grip me the way the last two volumes did, but I still enjoyed it. It continues the trend of telling the backstories of unpleasant characters. Mostly, that has worked to leave me surprisingly sympathetic toward people I didn't like at all before. I like that a lot. It's one of my favorite things in a story. In High Lonesome, Aaron succeeded in engendering that sympathy in me for Diesel, but not so much for Nitz. I still don't like him or understand him. In any case, you can't ...more
This volume has a lot of backstory, histories of many of the players. We finally find out who killed those two FBI agents way back when, and how the relationships were tangled so greatly among the Dog Soldiers of fictional reservation when the killings happened.

So much killing though! It's hard to read more than one of these in a sitting.

I still recommend the series, for the intrigue and insight into modern day Rez life for Native Americans. (again, I'm not a Native American from a reservation,
Bill Williams
Feb 19, 2012 Bill Williams rated it liked it
This was a decent but ultimately a let down. The lead narrative was fleshed out a bit with everyone except Dash Bad Horse getting a time to shine. There were a few fill in artists to go with the fill in stories.

But the lead team did something on the art chores that was irritating. The signature of the creators was dropped in on a few of the art pages. By making their names a part of the design of the page, it snaps the reader out of the flow of the story. It's almost as bad as wedging the names
Mar 01, 2013 Subroto rated it really liked it
A lot of background again ..this time the new ruffian on the block Diesel.

I could have given it a 3/5 cos now the story and the issues seem to have start to fall for a formula until issue 5 when all the earlier 4 issues come together to tell us why we went through the pains of reading them at all.

The moment in the movie hall where you realize what it's all summing up to be.

Again - damn good stuff
Nov 06, 2014 Seth rated it it was amazing
This is seriously one of the best comics EVER! I get more wrapped up in this world every time I turn the page. It's incredibly dark and depressing. But you want to root for these characters, no matter how bad they may seem at first. You always find out a little more about how they made it to that point and you realize that they are doing their best in a bad situation. Now the only thing I can truly hope for is that Bad Horse gets off the junk and gets his shit together. I miss that dude!
Gregory Gay
I thought the last volume was depressing, but damn - High Lonesome is a story that can get to you.

This volume takes an incredible look into the inner psyches of several major characters and introduces one of the most interesting con men that I've seen in a crime story in some time.

I also love that (vague spoiler) even at his lowest, Dashiell can still pull his shit together long enough to show just how brilliant he can be.

Good times.
Dec 26, 2016 Dave rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2016
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Feb 01, 2010 Sonic rated it it was amazing
What can I say, I absolutely love this story, and I love the way it is told. The writing is so good it supports much of the sub par guest artwork. That would be my only criticism, R.M. Guera's art is so superb in every way, I think he should do all the art work, even if it takes longer for it to come out, or the editors should make damn sure the substitute artist is up to the task. That said, this is one of the best reads in mature comics right now.
Bryce Holt
Mar 10, 2011 Bryce Holt rated it it was amazing
As I wrote before, this series is almost flawless. Jason Aaron has no boundaries of thought, which in the case of the "Scalped" series happens to be the best thing anyone could ask for. A brilliant series about a modern day Indian Reservation, the murder, sex, drugs, casinos and the struggle of its citizens just to scrape by will leave you both exhausted and dying for more.
Jun 26, 2013 Phil rated it really liked it
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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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Scalped (10 books)
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  • Scalped, Vol. 2: Casino Boogie
  • Scalped, Vol. 3: Dead Mothers
  • Scalped, Volume 4: The Gravel in Your Guts
  • Scalped, Vol. 6: The Gnawing
  • Scalped, Vol. 7: Rez Blues
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