Scalped, Vol. 4: The Gravel in Your Guts by Jason Aaron
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Well shit got even darker than it already was pretty fast…
Intro by the great Ed Brubaker rightly points out: This is Noir. Noir is when you know shit gonna go bad, but you can’t help but watch, you just know things aren’t getting better.
There’s some beautiful work being done in the Noir world, and Jason Aaron makes it raw, unflinching, and downright sad.
He also writes characters that are some crazy shades of grey. Red Crow was an asshole at the start, but now we get a glimpse into who he thinks he is, why he’s done what he’s done, and who he thinks is evil. Dash was going to be our unconventional hero, but he’s getting tainted with darkness all over his white hat too.
It’s like this is the Graphic Novel version of Alice in Chains beautifully miserable “Down in a Hole”.
Down in a hole, feelin so small
Down in a hole, losin my soul
I’d like to fly but my
Wings have been so denied
Red Crow is becoming a Shakespearean villain (ie. multiple layers of evil/bad on top of what used to be a pure/decent soul; or simply one bad decision that led down the road to years and years of them).
The “romance” between Dash and Carol Red Crow is agonizing and makes you feel like shit, because you know it’s based on something so real. Neither of them has anyone else they can come close to trusting, so they join together for the downward spiral.
(This really is an early 90s Alternative Music video adaptation I swear.)
Bravo to Mr. Aaron, it’s so authentic, so real, I’m amazed this hasn’t been made into an HBO series yet. It’s right up there with those ideas.
If you’re not already reading this series, what is wrong with you? Wake up! Get it!
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