Listen to the Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #6 right now:
Scalpedcast pt 6
First up, Hank 300 and Nick 20 chat about the digital panel-to-panel experience of reading Scalped on ComiXology. Then we take a bite out of Scalped Vol. 6: The Gnawing (issues #30-34) by asking ourselves a question: Is this story arc any better than the low point of Scalped Vol. 5?
We also continue our discussion about Scalped’s treatment of female characters, finding that this story arc does nothing to make up for past transgressions. If anything, it makes things worse by ensuring that pretty much every woman in the story safely fits into a “lover, mother, or corpse” role.
The story settles into a brisk action-packed pace but it also increases the language and violence to a cartoonish extreme. If the earlier arcs of Scalped seemed to promise a “Native American noir” style of storytelling, then this arc suggests that we’re really reading “Bad Boys on the rez” instead.
NEXT: Hank 300 will read Scalped Vol. 7: Rez Blues while Nick won’t.