Bad Horse Reigns: The Scalped Series by Jason Aaron and R. M. Guera

Before this series I couldn’t imagine a noir story taking place in a sunny place like the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation. Together, Jason Aaron and R. M. Guera opened my eyes to the possibility that noir exists all around us.

If nothing else, Jason Aaron has proven that my definition of noir was too small.

Scalped . . . the crime noir tale that takes place on a modern day Native American Reservation.

Scalped Series

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Book cover for Indian Country by Jason Aaron with artwork by R. M. Guera

Indian Country (Scalped Series #1)

Author: Aaron, Jason
Art: R. M. Guera
Cover Art: Jock
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Graphic Novel (Collection)
Page Count: 128pp.
Pub. Date: August 2007
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo Imprint
Collects: Scalped comic book #1-5

 

Publisher’s Summary:
Jason Aaron, the hot new writer of the critically acclaimed series The Other Side, teams with gritty artist R. M. Guera for an intense crime drama that mixes organized crime with current Native American culture. This volume collects the first five issues of the riveting Vertigo series Scalped.

Fifteen years ago, Dashiell “Dash” Bad Horse ran away from a life of abject poverty and utter hopelessness on the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation searching for something better.

Now he’s come back home armed with nothing but a set of nunchucs, a hell-bent-for-leather attitude and one dark secret, to find nothing much has changed on “The Rez” — short of a glimmering new casino, and a once-proud people overcome by drugs and organized crime.

Is he here to set things right or just get a piece of the action?

Book cover for Casino Boogie by Jason Aaron with artwork by R. M. Guera

Casino Boogie (Scalped Series #2)

Author: Aaron, Jason
Art: R. M. Guera
Cover Art: Jock
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Graphic Novel (Collection)
Page Count: 144pp.
Pub. Date: February 2008
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo Imprint
Collects: Scalped comic book #6-11

 

Publisher’s Summary:
This volume, collecting issues #6-11 of the acclaimed new series by Jason Aaron, explores Dash Bad Horse’s troubled origin and chronicles his day-to-day life on The Rez working for Chief Red Crow.
Book cover for Dead Mothers by Jason Aaron with artwork by R. M. Guera

Dead Mothers (Scalped Series #3)

Author: Aaron, Jason
Art: R. M. Guera and John Paul Leon
Cover Art: Dave Johnso
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Graphic Novel (Collection)
Page Count: 168pp.
Pub. Date: October 2008
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo Imprint
Collects: Scalped comic book #12-18

 

Publisher’s Summary:
In this third volume of the acclaimed series, collecting issues #12-18, undercover FBI agent Dashiell Bad Horse’s home reservation wakes up the morning after the opening of the Crazy Horse Casino to find that two women have been murdered during the night.

It’s up to Dash to find the killers and, in the process, come to grips with his relationship with his own mother.

Book cover for The Gravel in Your Gut by Jason Aaron with artwork by R. M. Guera

The Gravel in Your Gut (Scalped Series #4)

Author: Aaron, Jason
Art: Davide Furno and R. M. Guera
Cover Art: Jock
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Graphic Novel (Collection)
Page Count: 144pp.
Pub. Date: April 2009
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo Imprint
Collects: Scalped comic book #19-24

 

Publisher’s Summary:
In the latest Scalped collection, featuring issues #19-24, Chief Red Crow is doing everything he can to walk the straight and narrow, but how far will he let Mr. Brass push him?

Meanwhile, Dash makes a dark and fateful decision that will forever affect his future on the reservation as he learns more secrets from his former girlfriend’s past.

Book cover for High Lonesome by Jason Aaron with artwork by R. M. Guera

High Lonesome (Scalped Series #5)

Author: Aaron, Jason
Art: R. M. Guera, Davide Furno and Francesco Francavilla
Cover Art: Jock
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Graphic Novel (Collection)
Page Count: 128pp.
Pub. Date: October 2009
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo Imprint
Collects: Scalped comic book #25-29

 

Publisher’s Summary:
In this latest Scalped volume, collecting issues #25-29 of the acclaimed series, we see the landscape of the Prairie Rose reservation and casino through the eyes of a newcomer — a card shark and con man — whose presence could spell doom for one of our main characters.
Book cover for The Gnawing by Jason Aaron with artwork by R. M. Guera

The Gnawing (Scalped Series #6)

Author: Aaron, Jason
Art: R. M. Guera
Cover Art: Jock
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Graphic Novel (Collection)
Page Count: 128pp.
Pub. Date: May 2010
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo Imprint
Collects: Scalped comic book #30-34

 

Publisher’s Summary:
In this new collection featuring issues #30-34 of the monthly series, Red Crow commits a murder in front of witnesses and the FBI thinks they can finally put him away.

Meanwhile, Dash’s loyalty to Red Crow is tested as his addiction to heroin intensifies.

Book cover for Rez Blues by Jason Aaron with artwork by R. M. Guera

Rez Blues (Scalped Series #7)

Author: Aaron, Jason
Art: R. M. Guera
Cover Art: Jock
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Graphic Novel (Collection)
Page Count: 192pp.
Pub. Date: March 2011
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo Imprint
Collects: Scalped comic book #35-42

 

Publisher’s Summary:
First, in a special stand-alone issue, we meet a couple of characters for the first and last time — an aging husband and wife who eke out a living in the harsh and rugged heart of the Badlands.

Next, Red Crow sends his right-hand man Shunka to sort out a feud with a rival Native American casino, but now he’s become embroiled in a murder mystery. He knows he should walk away, but something inside won’t let him, which means things are about to get bloody.

Then, a special Vietnam War flashback issue featuring a surprise main character, one whose story has never been told until now. Finally, in “Unwanted,” Carol has a choice to make: should she keep her baby? While Dash and Carol both battle their inner demons, a surprising character makes his dramatic return to the reservation.

Book cover for You Gotta Sin to Get Saved by Jason Aaron with artwork by R. M. Guera

You Gotta Sin to Get Saved (Scalped Series #8)

Author: Aaron, Jason
Art: R. M. Guera
Cover Art: Jock
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Graphic Novel (Collection)
Page Count: 160pp.
Pub. Date: November 2011
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo Imprint
Collects: Scalped comic book #43-49

 

Publisher’s Summary:
In this volume, Red Crow takes on a new challenger for tribal leadership, Dash pursues his mother’s murderer and Officer Falls Down faces a most unusual captivity.
Book cover for Knuckles Up by Jason Aaron with artwork by R. M. Guera

Knuckles Up (Scalped Series #9)

Author: Aaron, Jason
Art: R. M. Guera
Cover Art: Jock
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Graphic Novel (Collection)
Page Count: 144pp.
Pub. Date: September 2012
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo Imprint
Collects: Scalped comic book #50-55

 

Publisher’s Summary:
The battle of Prairie Rose. In the dust and dirt of the Prairie Rose reservation, Chief Lincoln Red Crow built an empire. Now he’s going to burn it all down. After decades spent selling darkness to the people he once swore to protect, Red Crow’s seen the light. And he’s made a declaration that his associates — even his lethal, loyal bodyguard Shunka — can’t abide: stop all drug dealing and gangbanging immediately or die at his hand.

But in the next county over, a similar change of heart has turned a crooked sheriff straight. Way he sees it, there’s no better place to start cleaning up than by taking down Red Cloud himself — even if that means disrupting the FBI’s best-laid plans to do the same.

Between them all stands agent Dash Bad Horse. Badly wounded, he’s lost his voice but found the secret he’s been looking for: the identity of the man who killed his mother, the crime that started it all. These men are about to go to war for the soul of the rez. Once they knuckle up, there’s no telling who’s going down.

Book cover for Trail's End by Jason Aaron with artwork by R. M. Guera

Trail’s End (Scalped Series #10)

Author: Aaron, Jason
Art: R. M. Guera
Cover Art: Jock
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Graphic Novel (Collection)
Page Count: 128pp.
Pub. Date: November 2012
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo Imprint
Collects: Scalped comic book #56-60

 

Publisher’s Summary:
The final volume of the series brings together all the threads laid out from the very beginning for a dramatic conclusion years in the making!

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