SCALPED

Issue #5, Cover: Hoka Hey, Conclusion

Scalped
© 2007 Jason Aaron and Rajko Milosevic. All Rights Reserved.

SCALPED (2007)
by Jason Aaron & Jock
Issue 5, Cover: Hoka Hey Conclusion
Graphite and ink on board
Signed by Jock
11" x 17"
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In the modern western, it's a lot more difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys...

Inspired in part by the true-life story of Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist arrested for the murder of two FBI agents in a reservation shootout in 1975, Scalped is a gritty crime-drama with fully-fleshed characters that constantly challenge the preconceptions of classic good-guy/bad-guy roles. Likely to be the next big thing on episodic cable television, Eisner Award nominee Jason Aaron's fascinating look at frontier justice, organized crime and garden variety corruption behind the curtain of the Indian nations was an immediate hit with comic book fans. Series leads Dashiell Bad Horse and Carol Ellroy borrow their names from noir prose authors Dashiell Hammett and James Ellroy and the interior art by R. M. Guéra is classic comic book noir. The covers by Vertigo vet Jock use a sparse simplicity that perfectly compliments the complex plotting of the series' ongoing narrative.

Issue #5 is the conclusion to the Hoka Hey storyline, which closes out the first collection (reprinted in trade paperback form as "Indian Country") and established the tone for the rest of the series, now well past its 40th issue. This cover is a perfect example of the current direction of DC's successful, "Mature Readers" imprint, Vertigo, initially launched in the mid 90s as a home for hard-to-classify horror titles like Neil Gaiman's Sandman and Alan Moore's Swamp Thing; the promise of sex, drugs and violence is presented right on the cover. In a post-Comic Code era, where writers are unrestrained by the rules imposed upon their forbearers, controversial topics like narcotic addiction, sexual promiscuity and social unrest are the currency of the realm. Scalped is rich in this currency and continues to garner critical acclaim and an expanding readership.

 

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