Hoka Hey, Scalped

Posted by Billy Batson (58068 posts) - - Show Bio

After finishing the last issue of Scalped, issue #60, I wanted to write this blog. No, wait, scratch that. I NEEDED to write this.

Scalped #1

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!

This is how you introduce a character

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)

Beats whatever action there's in AvX

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:

was it really the ending or is there a possibly continuing coming?
EDIT: Aaron himself said it was finished. Now shut up.
Scalped #35

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.

Scalped #60

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#1 Posted by Saren (25694 posts) - - Show Bio

Fine fine, I'll read Scalped

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#2 Posted by Billy Batson (58068 posts) - - Show Bio

@CitizenBane:

you suck at not reading it earlier though

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#3 Posted by TheGoldenOne (38849 posts) - - Show Bio
Well said, Batson. I'm gonna start reading it as soon as possible.
#4 Posted by Nelomaxwell (10545 posts) - - Show Bio

Hunta yo.

#5 Edited by Imagine_Man15 (1801 posts) - - Show Bio

You've convinced me. I'll read Scalped.

I'm feeling confident, since I only read 100 Bullets after hearing you rave about it, and it wound up becoming one of my favorite series ever. So I'm sure Scalped won't disappoint.

#6 Posted by Billy Batson (58068 posts) - - Show Bio

@Imagine_Man15:

You read 100 Bullets because of my ramblings? Awesome that you liked it :D
Scalped is my second favorite crime series after 'Bullets. The last trade is supposed to come out in September. It really shifts the gear with the "Dead Mothers" arc/third trade.
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#7 Posted by TDK_1997 (14899 posts) - - Show Bio

After seeing all of the wonderful comments about Scalped I'm going to start reading it soon.

#8 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33620 posts) - - Show Bio

Yep, first arc read, the only way is up.

#9 Posted by lykopis (10746 posts) - - Show Bio

Oooh, I have this -- its on my pile to read! Nice recommendation.

#10 Posted by krilling (2488 posts) - - Show Bio

Just finished the final arc during the last days. This is definitely one of the best comics ever written and drawn. During reading this series I arrived at a decision that Jason Aaron is one of the best writers in this business. I loved the charactarizations, the mixture of Crime and Western and Guera's dirty art work. A way too underrated series.

#11 Posted by Billy Batson (58068 posts) - - Show Bio

@krilling:

Hear hear. Hopefully it will get more recognition in the future when Aaron builds himself a bigger name and maybe getting bigger collections.
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#12 Posted by I Am Legend (20 posts) - - Show Bio

@Billy Batson: I bet the only reason you read past the first trade was to see more naked Carol.

#13 Posted by Billy Batson (58068 posts) - - Show Bio

@I Am Legend:

Wasn't that your reason as well? :p
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