By Jason Aaron (writer), R.M. Guera (art), Giulia Brusco (colors)
With two trades of Scalped already out in stores, there’s no excuse (unless you’re broke) to not be reading this series. It’s really as good as everyone says! Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera are in full stride with issue #15. And that the cover? Brilliant use of negative space and design (the image used for this review is *not* the actual cover).
The “Dead Mothers” story continues as Bad Horse takes Shelton under his wing, teaching him how to use firearms, taking him camping, and just doing a lot of bonding that a father and son might do. Though Bad Horse isn’t exactly the best role model for this boy, it’s great to see him keeping the Shelton out of trouble. The kid’s completely like-able, and I hope Aaron doesn’t kill him off later down the line.
Meanwhile, despite the urging of the people around him, Red Crow is vigilant and determined to find the killer behind Bad Horse’s mother. As awful as Red Crow is as a man, his sense of honor to his former friend is honorable, even admirable. It’s also sad, because Red Crow seems to care more about Bad Horse’s mother than Bad Horse, himself! However, the people Red Crow can’t seem to stop are the Mongols. Mr. Brass, interrogates one of the accessories in the death of Shelton’s mother and while he does get results on Diesel’s whereabouts, the horror that’s inflicted on the man literally made me squirm.
Much like Officer Bad Horse, the ending of this issue left me completely speechless. Aaron’s pacing is spot-on perfect and R.M. Guera again proves that he’s one of the best artists in the industry. Scalped #15 is a hell of a good read. Easily one of the best issues of the series so far. (Grade: A+)
– J. Montes