After finishing the last issue of Scalped, issue #60, I wanted to write this blog. No, wait, scratch that. I NEEDED to write this.
Written by Jason Aaron, the beautiful dusty art work provided by R.M. Guera and cover art done by Jock, Scalped is the reason why Aaron gets praise and why he should be among everyone's favorite writers, even if you don't like his Marvel work, since he sure in hell is mine.
Scalped has been criminally a under looked series for some bizarre reason that can't be explained, well maybe it can be, it being a book about minority group, in which case it would be fitting.
I kid, I kid.
Alright, confession time!
I myself started reading Scalped about 2 or 1,5 years ago. Started with the first trade. Thought it was good but in retrospective, I can admit that it was the weakest arc in the series but it's natural for most Vertigo series to have a slightly weak first arc compared to the rest of the series since most of the character introduction and set up happens in there.Later on I got myself the second trade. It got better. Some time after that I got trades 3-7 and started om nom noming them. Couldn't believe it. After each issue it got more intensive, more violent, more dramatic and better.
Just the realness of the characters...wow. Just wow. Not every series can make you care about the elderly or a guy who doesn't have an identity of his own. Scalped just shows you that everyone has problems and most of the time, they're worse than yours.
It really deserves the quotes that have been added to its trades' covers. Such as:
(Sorry for their sizes)
Not only Scalped is the best series about native Americans and the best creator-owned series since 100 Bullets ended, it's also managed to sway its way to the Vertigo's list of all time greats.
And people complain about the lack of good comics or buy trashy events, and series like Scalped get ignored. Lawd.
Ah yes, the last issue. Since it just came out today, I won't spoil anything except for one thing. I'll say: "Well done, Aaron. You didn't disappoint." The best thing about the ending was:
EDIT: Aaron himself said it was finished. Now shut up.
With Scalped ending, I hope Aaron will start with his upcoming creator-owned project that he's been talking about in interviews. Personally I'd hope he'd do something similar to Scalped #35 (one of my favorite Scalped issues and all time one-shots). Writing about regular folk and their problems. And later what's in the spoiler box.
Farewell and thank you, Scalped.