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Scalped #28

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2009
By: Erik Norris

Jason Aaron
R.M. Guera, Giulia Brusco (c)
Vertigo / DC
Issues of Scalped are always good reads. There's rarely some ridiculous cliffhanger to bring you back next month, instead interest is piqued by a well told, multi-layered narrative. However, this month is a bit different. Don't get me wrong, the issue is still driven by the quality of writing we've come to expect, but we also get quite the jaw-dropping revelation. It's a double whammy.

Now I don't want to spoil the contents of this issue for readers yet to open the book. Hell, I don't even want to hint at who is involved, at the chance I make it too obvious. So I'm just going to skip all mention of the book's plot. I'll just say it pulls a lot of pieces together that have been running since the very first issue. And this isn't even the final chapter of the current story-arc "High Lonesome."

I think "High Lonesome" might be Jason Aaron's strongest story arc yet because it plays so well to his strengths as a writer. Aaron has crafted some insanely deep, engaging characters with Scalped and his strongest issues are always the ones focused on a single character's mental and physical trials and tribulations. Therefore, the five chapters of "High Lonesome" where every issue's focus is on a different character, having all the story treads weaving in and out of each other to tie the overall plot together is pretty ingenuous.

But the art duties on Scalped have been no slouch either. Co-creator of Scalped, R.M. Guera, returns this month and he always brings a distinct style to the book that captures the story's gritty realism. This place isn't pretty and Guera depicts it perfectly through his pencil and ink work. Then cleaning up is Giulia Brusco with colors who makes the book the prettiest dull you've ever seen.

I'm going to leave this review short because Scalped #28 is one of those rare issues that comes along and completely floors you. It literally knocks your ass to the ground, kicks your jaw open, all the while you continue to beg for more. Scalped should not be missed by anyone, with this issue being a shining example of why that is.



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