I’m having a hard time with Aaron’s leaps. He set up a completely corrupt and terrible place, but I still have a hard time believing a group of Mnong gangsters torturing and killing a guy in a police station. It’s also funny Aaron’s positioning the Mnong as a despicable ethnic group, given Scalped features a lot of racism against Native Americans.
Still, besides that exceptional oversight and a way too obvious (again) finale, this issue is fantastic. Aaron’s back to the outside with Dash in third person and it makes his scene with Red Crow outstanding. Red Crow’s not the issue’s protagonist, but he’s the one the reader’s most familiar with. The juxtaposing of hunter and hunted–and the constant flipping or illusion of flipping–makes Scalped engrossing.
Aaron’s also able to sell Dash bonding with the little orphaned kid, though it’s contrived. It gives some nice humanity to Dash.
Dead Mothers, Part Three; writer, Jason Aaron; artist, R.M. Guera; colorist, Giulia Brusco; letterer, Steve Wands; editors, Casey Seijas and Will Dennis; publisher, Vertigo.