By Jason Aaron (writer), R.M. Guera (art), Lee Loughridge (colors)

Scalped continues strong with its second story arc, “Hoka Hey”. It’s a two issue story that carries a lot of flashbacks. These flashbacks, however, give excellent perspective on the supporting cast. These character moments that show just how complicated things are in Red Crow’s shoes. While he is, for all intents, still villainous, we get to see a few skeletons that shaped him into what he is now. He’s an opportunist, sure, but he also thinks he’s doing the right thing in his own mind.

Then there’s Bad Horse’s mother. She was never a perfect mother and she’s seen as a thorn in the side of progress on the reservation. There’s a scene in issue #4 illustrated by R.M. Guera where there’s few words used. It’s a beautiful montage of flashbacks and emotions, and you just can’t help but feel empathy for her. We also get to see some of Bad Horse’s past. His life outside the reservation made him a better man – a man driven to succeed at any cost. Meanwhile, Carol’s true colors come out and Bad Horse takes things into his own hands. The ending of issue #5 is ominous. (Grade: A)

– J. Montes