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Scalped, Vol. 7: Rez Blues (Scalped #7)

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  1,631 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
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.

He finds nothing much has changed on "The Rez" – short of a glimmering new casino run by a
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Vertigo (first published December 1st 2010)
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Mar 04, 2015 Gavin rated it really liked it
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Red for all the blood, the colour of the Dakota dirt, and of course, the racist white man name for Aboriginal peoples of North America...(Dan Synder still sees no issue...)

This is a collection of a few different stories all wound up under the banner of Scalped as a whole. That being said, they're not really disjointed that much, as they're all related in a way.

The first story is probably the best in my opinion; 2 old folks living on the land way outside of the Rez, stubborn, proud, strong, the
Feb 17, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: creator-owned
Shunka story? About as awesome as Aaron gets. I did *not* see that coming, and I'm about used to seeing how that boy turns my expectations inside out.

Dash & Carol? Great storytelling here - these are people I totally understand, and even though I'd like to feel like I'm better than them, I'm pretty damned sure if I was in their shoes I'd be doing the same damned things, making the same damned mistakes and compromised choices as they keep making.

It's not easy, looking straight in the eyes of
Sam Quixote
Nov 06, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
The society of the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation is explored further in this book with the short story of an old Indian couple living far from town in a house they built themselves in the middle of nowhere. It's very touching and sweet to see these two people as they talk to each other without talking but the reader can see their thoughts through word panels. Their story is a light in the midst of so much darkness.

Then we get back into the dark and violent world of these characters. One of th
Jeff Rice
Jul 07, 2011 Jeff Rice rated it it was amazing
So I started reading the Scalped series about two weeks ago, and have absolutely devoured it. Following double-agent Dasheil Bad Horse as he tries to walk the knife-edge between FBI agent and mafia goon in the setting of a run-down, desolate Indian reservation is absolutely enthralling. Full of badasses, hard cases, drug addicts, two-time losers, hussies, hustlers, cretins, felons, and occasionally the outlier honest person, the story grabs you in a stranglehold and dares you to try to get loose ...more
Rural Soul
Aug 18, 2016 Rural Soul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I just wonder that is there any character there who doesn't dislike anyone ?
Mar 25, 2011 Justin rated it it was amazing
How writer Jason Aaron does it, I don't think I'll ever really know, and perhaps that's the most fun about SCALPED.

Like the best serialized television series or the most epic films (and, for the latter, I can't think of a single film that measures up to the storytelling scope of SCALPED), Aaron both catapults his readers into the ongoing conflict of an undercover Native American agent working to uncover crimes on "The Rez," and unflinchingly casts glances into the sordid histories of the series'
Jedi JC Daquis
Oct 05, 2015 Jedi JC Daquis rated it it was amazing
A relatively more peaceful volume than the previous one, Rez Blues delves deeper into the lives of Scalped's main characters - Dash, Red Crow, Gina, Carol and even Nitz. the story not only reveals more of their past but also defines what they would be, or rooting for in the next volumes to come.

Whereas volume 6 is full of unexpected violence, Rez Blues is a triumph on narrative. Though not giving huge plot progress, the seventh volume is way more than just a filler arc, it is a preparation of a
Mar 10, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it
If Scalped were a tv show, Rez Blues would be one of those "filler" episodes that don't progress the main story line. Thankfully, this isn't tv. Even though several of the stories here are either sidetracks or backstories, this is no filler. In Rez Blues, I've finally moved past merely understanding the characters and toward real sympathy, at least for Dash and Carol, and even maybe for Shunka, if only a little bit. Also, the first story in this collection was a wonderful little slice of life. I ...more
Aug 19, 2011 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Visceral, gut-wrenching stories. This volume strays away from the central crime plot elements to focus on characters, some new, some old. Every single entry feels fresh. It's a bleak, harsh landscape, but that doesn't mean it can't have spots of beauty. This is a series unafraid to take risks, and that's always rewarding.
Ije the Devourer of Books
Dec 24, 2014 Ije the Devourer of Books rated it it was amazing
There are so many brilliant reviews for this volume that capture what I want to say. This volume gives back stories to some of the minor characters but also give side stories about life on the rez.

Everything comes together in this series: the writing, the art, the characters, drama, tension and grit, all of wrapped in thick layers of darkness.

It is just pure brilliance!!
Nov 21, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it
Scalped is the best graphic novel I've read. And this volume, #7, is stunning. I don't want to give spoilers, except to say that in this issue almost every cliche' and trope of "noir"--most especially a hypermasculine eye--is exploded and redefined. This was already a hugely ambitious series, mixing present-day life on an Oglala reservation with a creative narrative approach that flashes back through pivotal American Indian Movement moments, and takes myth and spirituality seriously without once ...more
Mar 07, 2011 Josh rated it really liked it
The seventh instalment of Scalped ‘Rez Blues’ serves more as a bridge to later volumes as opposed to progressing the core story with each chapter focusing of one of the many unique characters on the reservation. In Rez Blues we gain an insight to Red Crow’s hired gun Shunka – his personal life, beliefs, and tendency to use violence over reason, Wade – Bad Horse’s father makes an appearance and attempts to reconcile with his begotten son, Bad Horse himself battles his demons head on, while Carole ...more
Mark Desrosiers
Aug 14, 2011 Mark Desrosiers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Astonishing, melancholy, gripping, but still lots of fun. Jason Aaron's storytelling instincts get redirected (to awesome effect) when he sees a plot getting too constrained, too teleological and boring. So here, he gives us a couple stand-alone tales, one featuring an elderly reservation couple suffering for food, the other a twisted power-grab of sorts with homophobia and a closeted hit-man taking the convoluted Native American "identity" to the next level... then we're dreamt back and forth f ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Cyndi rated it it was amazing
Oh I am crying for Dash and Carol!!! So many dark paths opened with all leading to the darkest conclusion imaginable. Waiting on pins and needles.
Koen Claeys
Aug 09, 2014 Koen Claeys rated it it was amazing
Gut-wrenching, heartbreaking.... Aaron & Guéra found great beauty in extraordinary pain...
Jan 04, 2017 Dave rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2017
The writing was strong and the artwork fantastic. The dialogue remained realistic and tight, and Aaron is cruel to the characters to keep the tension high and the happy ever afters far away. I fault myself for not keeping the storylines straight, and being a weak reader I'll say it jumped around too much. Soon it made sense and I remembered but I didn't want any down time to reacquaint myself with the whos and whys. This installment started with what I felt was a filler story, which ended with a ...more
Oct 22, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it
Unlike most vols in this series so far, i'm rounding up to 4 stars, because even though the story of Hazel and Mance comes out of nowhere and still seems irrelevant to everything before and after it so far (ie, thru vol 8), it was a well crafted and nicely nuanced story that i think would make for a pretty good 1-act stage production.
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.
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Feb 20, 2017 Denisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, thriller, action, comics
Another rating: 9/10

Granny is the best!!
Corto Maltese
Oct 03, 2013 Corto Maltese rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Collection starts off with a touching story of an old love (can't write more without spoiling) but we also find an element that is just a little too far-fetched for me to actually enjoy.
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Apr 26, 2016 Kit rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal direction in this book. I think in many senses, this was the most successful of the series I have read.
-The Vietnam luck story was particularly notable. I am very cool with the idea of mysticism in a story, but I think it has to be done in a gentle hand when you are at risk of falling prey to Native American stereotypes. The sweat lodge situation was kind of indicative of this.
-The story of Shunka was a major surprise for me. Not entirely sure how I felt about the ultimate direction
Feb 17, 2012 Nigel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Volume seven of Aaron and Guera's Vertigo series about crime and degradation on an Indian Reservation. There's a hint of redemption here as well, more so than in any of the previous volumes, and hard-won, high-cost, painfully vulnerable redemption at that.

Coming right out of nowhere is the heart-rending opening story about an old couple facing up to some grim realities, living in an isoated spot far from town. This is followed by a two-parter about Shunka, Red Crow's right-hand man, and that tak
Oct 06, 2012 Vincent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Of the three volumes of Scalped I've read so far, "Rez Blues" is my favorite. It starts out with a story about Mance and Hazel, an elderly couple eeking out an existence a long drive away outside of town in the Prairie Rose Reservation. It is the only story I've read so far in the series that doesn't have a grift, a blazing gun, a bloody nose, or some hardboiled type drama. Mance and Hazel are simple ordinary everyday people, with commonplace woes and familiar personal fears. Jason Aaron does an ...more
Heath Lowrance
Mar 18, 2014 Heath Lowrance rated it it was amazing
Volume 7, Rez Blues, is a quieter book than previous volumes, a well-timed respite from the violence and madness. It's basically the deep breath before plunging back in-- the stories in it are more introspective, and there's even a little hope.

Of course, the hope doesn't come with any of our central characters. Jason Aaron instead chooses to take the readers to the home of an old Indian couple on the Rez whom we've never met before and most likely won't see again. Their story, in one chapter, is
Aug 07, 2013 Cale rated it it was amazing
Scalped as a series has been powerful, but this book blows the rest away. From the quiet one-shot about a long-married couple to the two-issue arc exploring the 'rabid dog' Schunka and gender identities in the Native American populace, to the story of Dashiel's father in Vietnam, these shorter stories deepen the relationship to the characters and are fascinating. But then the last issue features a six-page scene between Carol and Dashiel on a snowy road at night that is gut-wrenching - showing w ...more
Brendan M.
Feb 01, 2016 Brendan M. rated it really liked it
This is one of the better volumes in the series, with several side stories and detours into characters' pasts, flashbacks, dream sequences, and the elements that generally make Scalped engaging. This volume is particularly notable as it explores LGBT themes, veterans, and parenthood. As opposed to other volumes in the series, the female characters, particularly Carol, finally feel like real characters. However, despite my fondness for the series as a whole, at this point, it's all starting to fe ...more
Eric England
Dec 23, 2012 Eric England rated it it was amazing
Scalped is an amazing comic book series. It is the Breaking Bad of the genre. A gritty, dark, realistic, and unpredictable crime story filled with fascinating but extremely flawed characters. This volume is one of the strongest in the series so far because it dials down some of the excesses found in previous installments. It emphasizes looking into the blemished and wounded souls of its large ensemble cast as well as potentially finding a road to hope or peace. I also continue to love how Scalpe ...more
May 27, 2013 Hayden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic series about some incredibly damaged people trying to find their way. Set against the backdrop of a reservation, this book is filled with every piece of action and drama you can think of. From the outside, the story is about the FBI coming in to take down Red Crow - chief of the Lakota - using one of their own as an agent. Now throw on all the tragedy, pain, and pride of a native american tribe all but ruined by time and despair.
Incredible art by R.M. Guera and the gritty, abrasive
Jul 28, 2011 arjuna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was blown away by the first (standalone) story in this volume (Listening to the Earth Turn) - extraordinarily moving - and delighted by the second (A Fine Action of an Honorable and Catholic Spaniard) which strayed into unexpected but very rewarding territory. A good look at Shunka was well overdue - and what an enjoyable and gratifyingly surprising one it is. The mainline stories (Family Tradition and Unwanted) muddy the wider story waters very nicely, focusing unsparingly and without pity on ...more
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