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Scalped, Vol. 1 by Jason Aaron
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May 25, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: graphic-novels-comics, crime-badness-noir
Read in May, 2009

Standard badass prodigal "return" story elevated by location (an Indian reservation), great dialogue and gritty artwork. Setting a crime story on an Indian reservation, on the eve of the opening of a casino, is brilliant. If there's a similar story (there has to be) out there, I haven't heard of it. Anyway, Aaron effectively highlights the contrast between the casino (with its attendant organized crime crowd), and the poverty of the reservation (complete with the sad history and struggling culture). Enter nunchuk wielding Dashiell Bad Horse, and you've got some serious violence unleashed. This one is brutal, w/ meth labs, scalpings, shootings, revenge, and sex. Oh, and a fascinating back story that is slowly being revealed. I'm very interested in seeing where Aaron takes this. A great combo of comic art and storytelling, and a super candidate for a film or an HBO mini-series.
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