Scalped Vol. 2: Casino Boogie

March 10, 2008 | Trades


Scalped Vol. 2: Casino Boogie
Jason Aaron, R.M. Guéra
Vertigo/DC Comics
$17.99/$14.99 US (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

The opening of the Crazy Horse Casino promised to be one hell of a night on the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation — and it delivered on everything expected and more.
The night featured a gun battle in a chicken coop, a fistfight in a bullfighting ring, the theft of Merle Haggard’s tour bus and the murder of a key figure on the “rez”.
In this second volume of this outstanding Vertigo series, writer Jason Aaron tells the story of opening night at the Crazy Horse six different times from six varied perceptions.
How the night went varies from tribal leader Lincoln Red Crow, whose whole life has been building to this day when all his past crimes would be vindicated, to Dashiell Bad Horse, FBI agent undercover back in the place where he was raised and looking to take out Red Crow, to Gina Bad Horse, Dash’s mom, who’s been fighting to keep the casino from ever opening, to Diesel Engine, a 1/16th Kickapoo with something to prove, to Catcher, a former Rhodes scholar who’s been living at the bottom of a bottle for 30 years, to Dino Poor Bear, a young man with big dreams of leaving the “rez” forever.
Building on the gripping foundation laid in the first volume, Aaron, with help from the gritty art of R.M. Guéra, has helped Scalped clearly stake a claim to the title of the next great Vertigo series.

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