Scalped Vol. 4: The Gravel in Your Guts

June 8, 2009 | Trades

Scalped Vol. 4: The Gravel in Your Guts
Jason Aaron, R.M. Guera, Davide Furno
Vertigo/DC Comics
$16.99/$14.99 US (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

Chief Lincoln Red Crow is tough businessman, a smart politician and a community leader.

He’s also a murderer, a drug dealer and a monster that rules South Dakota’s Prairie Rose Reservation with an iron fist.

Problem is, there are scarier people than Lincoln Red Crow — people like Mr. Brass, the psychotic representative of the Hmong mob bosses that helped fund the Prairie Rose Casino that the Chief runs. And scarier still, at least to Red Crow, shriveled up old Granny Poor Bear, who can intimidate the tribal leader into doing many things he doesn’t want to do — things like watching over the soul bundle of his former lover/nemesis, Gina Bad Horse.

The bundle has to be kept for a year before a Gina’s soul can be released and the keeper must life “a harmonious life” during that time — no fighting, no brutality and no killing.

No easy task for a man like Red Crow, especially with Brass stirring up trouble and a mob war with the Hmongs seeming more and more likely.

The Gravel in Your Guts takes the gritty, noir masterpiece that is Scalped to another level as writer Jason Aaron and artists R.M. Guera and Davide Furno continue dancing Red Crow, his estranged daughter Carol, her boyfriend — Red Crow’s desired protégé and undercover FBI agent, Dashiell Bad Horse — and frustrated teen father Dino Poor Bear back and forth between the darkness and the light in a series where even the winners lose.

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