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I’ve done this once before, with the Bendis/Maleev Daredevil run, but Jason Aaron does a lot of what Bendis did in that story, which is peg specific events to specific dates. He also tells the tale out of sequence, so the dates are hard to suss out. So I thought I’d do the same thing for Scalped. WARNING: This will be tremendously SPOILER-Y, so if you haven’t actually read Scalped yet, you might want to skip this. Unless you have no intention of reading Scalped, and then … well, feel free to read it or don’t. It’s your choice!
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Comics You Should Own – Scalped

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Yeah, it’s pretty good. But not for the reasons you might think!
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What I bought – 22 August 2012

We have done as much with the matter of birth and parenting, dividing ourselves into different teams – pro-Thisers or pro-Thaters – with no middle ground, as there seldom is in matters of life and death. The debate is controlled by the extremes, each side shouting answers and accusations over the heads of the people in between, who are kept from formulating questions by the din of the argument all around them. Each paints the other with a broader brush. Each has an arsenal of names and adjectives to deploy against the other side. No one listens. Everyone screams. (Thomas Lynch, from The Undertaking)

It's Ramos-tastic! All you need is booze! Well, that's certainly something It's funny AND insulting to veterans! How did that dolphin write that? Jodhpurs! This is kind of a misleading cover, but whatever I can't stop staring at Logan's mismatched eyes! It really is too much awesome I'm not sure how this has gotten more disturbing, BUT IT HAS! Well, this looks cool I'm glad this LOOKS insane - let's hope it reads like that!
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What I bought – 27 June 2012

“The question is can you cure the disease before it kills you? Once you set out consciously to cure the disease, as I did even before I knew the word cancer, you run the risk of catching it. Comprende? Whatever you set your mind to, your personal total obsession, this is what kills you. Poetry kills you if you’re a poet, and so on. People choose their death whether they know it or not.” (Don DeLillo, from Libra)

Rejoice! Two in the same week?  Are you kidding me? No, I don't know why the other heroes are on this cover She doesn't need to get dressed to kick ass! FDR doesn't tell good jokes! Well, holy shit Still not the greatest recoloring In Technocolor! Pirate Conan! Wow, the Dodsons managed three whole consecutive issues! Behold my two penis substitutes! I have no idea what the fuck is going on with this comic anymore This will be good, right? Eddie Campbell is weird It's all olde-tyme! Keep lookin' ...
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What I bought – 16 May 2012

It is demonstrably plain that, were the whole matter of victualling the world on a non-national footing taken right out of the hands of the strutting male and handed over to a dozen sensible women who do not want to have their children killed, politics, which are nothing but a glorified form of housekeeping, would long since have been deflated to the problem of running a canteen. (William Gerhardie, from God’s Fifth Column)


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What I bought – 29 February 2012

In short, Roberto privately concluded, if you would avoid wars, never make treaties of peace. (Umberto Eco, from The Island of the Day Before)

Farewell! And where have you been? So ... there's that OYL! An issue that is clearly number four of six has 'the finish line' written on it? Just when you thought it couldn't get any more twisted ...
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What I bought – 11 January 2012

‘Once giants walked the earth,’ she repeated, emphatically. ‘Yes, titans absolutely, it’s a fact.’

Three mothers creaked and swung with expressions of fascinated absorption upon their smiling faces; but Raza Hyder took no notice, closed his eyes, grunted from time to time. ‘Now the pygmies have taken over, however,’ Bilquis confided. ‘Tiny personages. Ants. Once he was a giant,’ she jerked a thumb in the direction of her somnolent husband, ‘you would not believe to look, but he was. Streets where he walked shook with fear and respect, even here, in this very town. But, you see, even a giant can be pygmified, and he has shrunk now, he is smaller than a bug. Pygmies pygmies everywhere, also insects and ants – shame on the giants, isn’t it? Shame on them for shrinking. That’s my opinion.’ (Salman Rushdie, from Shame)

It's certainly an interesting trade dress Holy crapola He's totally going to pass out This looks like half of a complete picture, doesn't it? It's a not-cover cover! The tone of this cover is odd, given the subject matter MAKE OUTTTTT! Oh dear Would you like to see my ... helmet???? Oh, yes - the torn cover thing again Look at those thighs! Yay!  Serial killers! Yep.. A cyber-bear
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What I bought – 23 November 2011

He had built empires of scientific capability to manipulate the phenomena of nature into enormous manifestations of his own dreams of power and wealth – but for this he had exchanged an empire of understanding of equal magnitude: an understanding of what it is to be a part of the world, and not an enemy of it. (Robert M. Pirsig, from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

Dang, that's a cool cover John is all kinds of rock 'n' roll I bet Red Crow didn't see THAT coming! If only there was a big explosion in the background! Nobody wins when you fight yourself! I'm liking this wait-for-the-trade thing! Fancy!
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What I bought – 14 September 2011

To know you do not know is to know a great deal.

Wisdom consists in knowing there is no such thing. (Joseph Heller, from Picture This)

So noiry! So boring! So depressed! So busty! So anti-American! So twisty! So 'sepia-toned'! So disappointing!
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What I bought – 3 August 2011

“Sometimes I ask myself,” Emmerich said. “What is the function of a murderer? Is he the person you go to in order to confess?” (Don DeLillo, from The Names)

That's what happens when you stand under a ship - you get an anchor dropped on you! Seriously, DC?  Some people don't read your shit in single issues, you know! Aquaman is too cool to have a three-pronged trident, man! Gross but effective! Ah!  Greg Horn art!!!! He ought to use some Pert, yo! Surprisingly, I don't dig this Jock cover Still don't know who those dudes on the bottom are This cover idea has been used before, but it's still clever Speaking of ideas that remain cool ... Still wacky! Uh-oh - it appears he's about to punch reality! I'm not digging these painted covers More posing! Pregnant wolf Rahne is awesome Wagner had some leftover black paint he needed to get rid of Who doesn't love 20th-century Russian history?  Commies, that's who!  Oh, wait a minute ...
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What I bought – May and June 2011

Hey, look at that! I’m back in Arizona and I picked up almost two months’ worth of comics! Yeah, I’m not going to review them properly here – that would take waaaaaaaay too long. This is more of a “What I bought and the random thoughts I have about the issues and, why not, what I did in Pennsylvania for seven-and-a-half weeks.” Can you handle that??????
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What I bought – 27 April 2011

Vocabularies are crossing circles and loops. We are defined by the lines we choose to cross or to be defined by. (A. S. Byatt, from Possession)

Man, that's a busy cover Dick is gonna beat up that shark right quick! I'm sorry, but my mind went right to it Charlotte, NO!!!! He ought to clean those boots, man! That lizard is totally checking her out Based on the quotes on the back, everyone loves this! Oh, the blood!
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What I bought – 30 March 2011

How does it happen that sometimes someone says something and wins someone else over forever? … at times a single word can work miracles. (Manuel Puig, from Kiss of the Spider Woman)

Man, I hate when they use my body for comic book covers without my permission! Francavilla drew this cover in 2010 - how long has he known he'll be doing this issue? Bwah-ha-ha-ha! Just to reassure you - that's not a penis Oh, Amanda Conner - is there anything you can't do? Symbolism! It's like she's shooting YOU!!!! Yeah, this won't end well Big 'n' spooky! Why does he have a fishing pole?  Dear God, WHY?!?!?!? Hells yeah!
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What I bought – 23 February 2011

Thanks to the mild weather, the trees retained their foliage longer than usual. Red and gold, ocher and amber leaped to the eye. How beautifully the leaves aged on ten thousand twigs! No politics could produce such glory in a forest. Only so natural and simple a thing as death. (Frederic Morton, from A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888/1889)

What a cute hat! What an odd comic! This issue sure is ... shocking! Extreeeeeeeme close-up!!!!! Hey, not too phallic! It's disturbingly sexy! I gotta get me a bear trap! Owls, snakes, and panthers - oh my! Yeah, no Nicola Scott on this issue Hey, it's an issue! I'm not sure what's going on on that cover More goodness!
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What I bought – 26 January 2011

For if the sun is at the center and not the earth, then there are no crystal spheres to hold us in; we have only and always fooled ourselves, we men, kept ourselves within the spheres which our own flawed and insufficient senses perceived, but which were never there at all. The way to ascend through the spheres that hem us in was to know that we had already so ascended, and were on our way, in motion unstoppably. (John Crowley, from Aegypt)

I hid the Totally Random Hottie link somewhere.  Can you find it? Time for monkeyshines! Darick Robertson draws all good and shit Hot damn, Jock is awesome What?  A scene from the comic on the cover?  That simply is not done! Greg Land's worst quality?  His blandness Old school, baby! So much freakiness! He's definitely gotten better, but this is still cool-looking I've been waiting ...
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