Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Swap shop Massacre! The story of Shunka.

Scalped #36
A Fine Action of an Honorable and Catholic Spaniard
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Davide Furno
Cover by Jock

Action Ash
In return for me nominating Valhallahan to read Flash #1, he chose an issue of Scalped for me. Here goes.
I liked it!
I've never read any Scalped before, but this makes me want to check it out. The story in this issue is a great crime/gangsta yarn of a bad ass native American with a secret that he really doesn't want getting out. I'm not gonna say what it is, for not wanting to ruin the story's surprise element, but I think the theme is handled well and without use of offensive stereotype. It felt more like reading a good tv crime drama as opposed to a comic book.

The art was stereotypical of the crime comic style but very good. I'm not a massive fan of this style but when it's done well I like it alot and this was one of those cases.

I'll definitely pick up the next issue

Four blood stained Tomahawks out of Five!

*scroll for spoilers*
I must admit, when it comes to reviewing Scalped, I’m coming from a completely biased standpoint, which is why I picked the latest issue for this week’s Swapshop Massacre. I’ve been a fan since the beginning of this series and look forward to my slice of Scalped misery and excitement every month, I think there was a happy moment in there somewhere but I can’t be sure. Numpty that he is, Action Ash has never read Scalped and my aim was indeed to school him. School him good.

This issue focuses on Shunka, one of Red Crow’s thugs who’s been in the background up till now, and takes him out of the Rez on business where he gets stuck in with a bit of sex and violence. What makes this story stand out a bit more is that the sex is between two chaps. This issue makes some startling points about the extreme difficulties faced by gay men in the Native American community, but don’t be thinking this is a “very special episode” of Scalped. This is hardboiled, hard-hitting drama, and sets the story up for some righteous vengeance to come. Having said that, this is Scalped, and absolutely anything can happen. It’s edge of the seat stuff.

Four and a half blood soaked bed sheets out of five.