Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It's good to get Scalped

The best way to describe the comic book Scalped is The Sopranos set in an Indian reservation, without the glamour. This book hits harder than Tyson in the 80s. After a few years of absence, a fellow named Dashiell Bad Horse returns to his native (and fictional) Prairie Rose Indian Reservation, in South Dakota. He finds a town still run by the ruthless local mob and the owners of a shiny new casino. Bad Horse is a man with a very huge chip on his shoulder, a mean streak and the skills to back it up. He makes any Tarantino gun slinger look like the Supernanny. Bad Horse raises so much hell that he's eventually hired by Red Crow, the big boss. Unbeknown to all, the readers soon learn that Bad Horse is an undercover FBI agent out to get Red Crow, setting the stage for some very ugly stuff to hit a big fan. And if that wasn't touchy enough, he gets involved in a nasty affair with Red Crow's married daughter, the very naughty Carol. Realistically written by Jason Aaron and grittily illustrated by R.M. Guéra, this is the book your momma warned you about when she told you to stay away from comics. One of the best current pieces of crime fiction, in any medium. Scalped Vol 1 - Indian Country will get you addicted.

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