REVIEW: Scalped, Vol. 8: You Gotta Sin To Get Saved (7/10)

Scalped, Vol. 8: You Gotta Sin To Get Saved

Scalped, Vol. 8:
You Gotta Sin To Get Saved
Vertigo
2011
Story: Jason Aaron
Art: R.M. Guera, Jason Latour, Davide Furno
ISBN 978-1401232887

Score
7/10

Well, I’ve already rambled on at length in my previous Scalped reviews about how amazeballs this series is, so I think I’ll keep this one short and sweet. Here are some pearls, in a pseudo-tag-cloud format, ordered by relevance, that describe Scalped:

violence, organized crime, deception, family, native american, poverty, murder, drugs, sex, spirituality, alcohol, modern-day, ambition, trust, dark 

Sounds like fun, huh? Believe me, these books are dirty, sexy, guilty, train-wreck fun – and I assure you, you’ll love every minute.

But don’t get me wrong – this train wreck has bleeding heart. The characters are both brilliantly crafted and painfully relatable. They do bad, praying it’s for the benefit of the greater good – and then they pray again for redemption. They are uncomfortably real, in that they each have the potential for tender kindness, and disturbingly understandable evil.

So that’s Scalped in general, but what about Vol. 8, You Gotta Sin To Get Saved? Besides being written (as always) by the brilliant Jason Aaron, this collection is illustrated by frequent guest hosts R.M. Guera and Davide Furno, as well as Mr. Jason Latour. I enjoyed all three, actually, but if I had to pick a least favorite it would be Furno. (sorry!) His characters are just a bit too exaggerated, too cartoonish for my taste. But none of them are bad though – as a whole, the book is a visual delight. Delightful like a rusty, blood-stained crowbar that is…

So what about Aaron’s writing? It’s as solid as ever. In this particular bound edition we are introduced to some new fucked-up lawmen, entertained by some previously-known fucked-up lawmen, and are surprised by a several new threats to Red Crow’s authority. We see both Dash and Carol seemingly entering a new phase in their lives. We see a trusted servant faltering. We see an insane assassin drawing his master stroke. We see politics. We see unrequited love. We see much. Oh, we see much! And we see a meticulously crafted deception taken to the edge of no return. Is that ambiguous enough for you? No spoilers here, kiddos!

I make no secret of my enthusiasm for this series. Overall, it’s a incredible. Read it. If you like to expend your personal time in a rewarding way, read it. But right now, right here, I’m just reviewing Scalped, Vol. 8: You Gotta Sin To Get Saved. And for this particular edition, I’m going to stamp a rating of 7 out of 10. Maybe not my favorite volume of the series, but I still had a lot of fun reading it. And that’s a conservative rating. So read it.

Enjoi. Happy reading.

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