**spoiler alert** Jason Aaron - Writer & G. M. Guera - Artist
Dashiell Bad Horse ran away from the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation when he was 13 ye**spoiler alert** Jason Aaron - Writer & G. M. Guera - Artist
Dashiell Bad Horse ran away from the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation when he was 13 years old, escaping from (as the author describes it) a "third world nation in the heart of America." Years later Dash returns to find Prairie Rose in an even sorrier state than he left it; organized crime and and rampant drug addiction have reduced the reservation to little more than a bombed-out warzone even as tribal leader Lincoln Red Crow is preparing to open a lavish and expensive new casino. It's up to Dash, acting as the newest member of the tribal police, to clean up the reservation. But corruption runs deep in Prairie Rose and Dash isn't there just to bust drug dealers and thieves -- he's been placed undercover by the F.B.I. to connect Red Crow to a series of unsolved murders dating back decades. Now Dash is up to his neck in trouble, playing one side against the other in a game where the stakes aren't just his life, but the lives and well-being of the entire Reservation!
Jason Aaron crafts a taught, character-driven story full of suspense, action and mystery. The writing truly is the strength of this graphic novel; characters who at first appear one-note take on a great deal of depth and believability as Aaron fleshes them out through the story, and it is the relationships between characters that drive the plot forward. G. M. Guera's art is dark and gritty -- it fits the tone of the story well and is great for giving life to the downtrodden, despondent Prairie Rose Reservation. At times Guera's art is a bit too sloppy for my taste; the writing is so strong that you can overlook the sloppiness for the most part, but it is still a detriment to the overall quality of the graphic novel.
Overall I rate Scalped 3.5/5 stars. The writing is very strong and the plot is enthralling, but the sloppy drawing style detracted from the overall quality of the book....more