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Scalped, Vol. 7 by Jason Aaron
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Sep 22, 15

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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 sacrificing grittiness unless its in service to real glory. I don't think I've read a graphic novel that has me thinking, or saying out loud, "No way!" with such glee. And as much as I love this series, I love even more the influence it will have, much like Alan Moore's work, on an entire succeeding generation of people working in, or with, the the graphic novel form.
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