By Jason Aaron (writer), R.M. Guera (art), Giulia Brusco (colors)

Another excellent issue in the can by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera. It feels like it’s been forever since I read the last issue, but I’m pretty sure the book’s coming out on time. I think it might be because this story arc has been flowing so well coupled with the fact that issues are fast reads that it feels. The end result is it feels much longer than it actually has been since the last installment came out. Whatever it is, readers patient enough to wait for the trade paperback of “Dead Mothers” will most likely be more rewarded; they’ll be getting the whole story without an interruption. Me? I gotta have my monthly fix.

With part four of the current arc, Bad Horse continues to look for Diesel (who’s nowhere to be found), while Red Crow deals with a bevy of issues that continue to pile on his shoulders. He’s not handling well, either. FBI Agent Nitz returns to the scene to antagonize the situation, calling out Red Crow on the two murders that happened on his watch. What we eventually get is a violent burst of frustration as Red Crow pretty much destroys another human being. And while we’re on the subject of antagonizing, there’s a lot of it in this issue. Aaron does a nice job displaying how two different people react to this kind of stress.

In terms of plot advancement, there isn’t much – but because of the pacing, it does feel like there’s significant progression being made. Most of the stuff we care about like the Bad Horse and Shelton relationship takes a drastic turn in the last five pages of the story. You think things are going one way and Jason Aaron spins it another.

Like many previous issues of Scalped, we’re treated to a series of silent panels where Aaron let’s R.M. Guera run loose with his storytelling. This kind of thing never gets old, and it’s become something I look forward to seeing when I pick up this title. Great work guys, and give Shelton a happy ending. Someone deserves one! (Grade: B+)

– J. Montes

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