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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 196

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today continues SCALPED WEEK!!! All cool comic book moments from Jason Aaron and R. M. Guéra’s awesome series, Scalped!

We continue today with a tragic issue for our “hero”…


To set the scene, Dashiell Bad Horse has gone back to the reservation he grew up (and where he ran away from as a young teen) as an undercover FBI agent set to take down the chief of the reservation.

Dash is working as a member of the reservation police.

In any event, in Scalped #11, Dash’s mother, Gina Bad Horse, was murdered.

In this issue, Scalped #13, Dash is working on the murder of a prostitute (killed by Diesel) when he learns that HIS mother has been killed.

So many great little moments here – if it were not for the fact that we don’t see it, I’d say that the hamburger scene would be “the” moment.

As it were, I suppose it would have to be the ending as Dash reacts while the kids of the murdered woman react. Guéra handles the dialogue-less scene bee-you-ta-fully, and Aaron sets the whole scene up wonderfully.

Great issue.



July 16, 2009 at 12:01 am

So many great little moments here – if it were not for the fact that we don’t see it, I’d say that the hamburger scene would be “the” moment.

That bit’s heart breaking.

It really is.

An absolutely brilliant piece of character-driven storytelling there.

Tom Fitzpatrick

July 16, 2009 at 2:42 am

Which is why SCALPED is one of the best damn Vertigo books there is right now.

Which is why its terrifying that it sells monthly under 10K. Its an amazing book, with such a great hook. It runs you through an emotional gauntlet. My hope is that trade sales are enough to let Aaron finish his story and not do a quick stop ala exterminators and Young Liars.

Damn you, Cronin. I’m going to have to start buying this now.

I’ve never read Vertigo…I hope this series picks sales up of this issue and series…another wonderful service you’ve provided Brian…Major kudos.

I was always surprised my dad liked this series as much as me because he usually stayed away from depressing/sad movies and books. And this series is pretty brutal. It’s now up to issue 30, which I read in an interview with Aaron is supposed to be the accumulation of everything hitting the fan.
I sure do hope something nice happens in a future issue of Scalped. Maybe take a timeout for a Calvin&Hobbesesque moment..

Well, I’m hooked. Time to start getting the trades.

the last scene being slient shows the grief the kids are sharing with dash over their lost proving why scalped is not pulling any punches and that the characters are not haivng things all nice and rosey.

I want to see the burger scene now..
(Well, I’ve been wanting to see it for quite a while)

Yeah, I’m gonna pick up the trades and catch up now. This was amazing.

Great choice for the week!

If you haven’t read it, give Scalped a chance!


July 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Which is why its terrifying that it sells monthly under 10K

The trade sales are pretty good, I believe.

I want to see the burger scene now..

I dunno man, it either wouldn’t live up to how you picture it, or it would surpass it and you’d be lying on your bedroom floor in the fetal position bawling your eyes out…

It just says so much about those kids lives and their expectations – and also the bond they have – that it hits like a punch in the guts.

Yeah… That hamburger bit stabbed me in the heart too.

This was a great arc overall.

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