By Jason Aaron (writer), R.M. Guera (art), Guilia Brusco (colors)
Scalped #13 begins a new story arc, “Dead Mothers”. After four issues of side stories and stuff I consider “filler” material, the main story gets back on track!
This issue starts off in all the right ways. We get three beautiful pages (by R.M. Guera) of Red Crow agonizing over Gina’s corpse. It’s poignant scene that resonates. Bad Horse and the cops bust a meth house and find a strangled mother while they’re cleaning up. This kind of bust is so routine to the officers that they’ve developed a lot of apathy for victims – the children. When it’s revealed who the murderer may be, it seems all too convenient and predictable (at least to the reader), but Bad Horse doesn’t know what we know and rushes off to take the person down.
Jason Aaron weaves two tales here that parallel. When they both finally intersect it becomes tragic and extremely powerful. I thought the first three pages were gut wrenching, but the last three are by far, more moving. R.M. Guera is a masterful storyteller and Jason Aaron is incredibly lucky to have his talent along side. This is easily the most emotional issue of Scalped yet – and the best. (Grade: A+)
– J. Montes