Occasionally I like to step away from my hero/superhero comics and jump into something a bit darker and grittier, this time round I was thoroughly impressed. Initially I avoided Scalped in favour of Preacher but I must say I'm a lot more impressed by this. The story revolves around Dashiell bad horse who returns to the Indian reservation he grew up on a midst of violence, crime, prostitution, excessive alcohol abuse and just a generally nasty atmosphere. The man responsible for all of this is Red Crow, once an activist for Indian rights who has become a greed fuelled, inhuman leader of the communities involved in the story, obsessed with crime and taking money back from the white man at any cost, even if it means seeing his own people tear eachother apart and destroy their own lives. Out anti-hero, bad horse is a very angry yet likeable character whose back story is slowly fleshed out and explained by flash backs and also a very cool dude!
Essentially this is a crime drama, but a very engaging and interesting one with an interesting sub plot, and a sleazy horrible villain, just how we like them! Basically Bad Horse has made something of his life and became a federal agent unbeknownst to his people and goes back into the community undercover as himself to bring Red Crow and his crime infrastructure down. As for the art, it is the only reason this title does not get 5 stars for me, it suits the book and the mood, it's dark and dirty but sometimes for these reasons some panels you have to look at twice just to 100% get the picture'
Overall, amazing stuff, buy it now!!