I’m sure that some of it is white guilt (even though I’m 1/16 [or something like that] Native American like many of the people in the United States) but I can’t stop reading Jason Aaron’s Scalped. And I have my issues with the way Jason Aaron takes stands on some issues in the comic book industry. But Scalped taps an underrepresented society to examine and discuss. Sure, westerns have lots of “Indians” in the them but Native Americans have had lives since they days of covered wagons.
Like life in any other microcosm, life on “the rez” is probably not perfect and I’d venture to bet that it’s not as violent/romantic/engaging as Aaron portrays it. But Scalped gives him a window by which he can portray a life generally unexplored and ripe with beautiful opportunity. Existence for Native Americans on reservations is also a life/culture/society that we should learn more about.
But it’s also the people, the characters that Aaron has crafted since the beginning – I’ve read this title since damn near issue one and I’m glad to have witnessed the journey. The plateau of story through some of the middle volumes was more like a valley of hell for the main characters. With volume 09 which is nearing the culmination of the series, things are just now heating up to a point of full boil and stories set in motion since issue one are finally about to make some serious steam.