Yep. Picking Scalped again. Picked issue #49 a couple of weeks ago. Picking Scalped #50 today.
Issue #49 won for the conclusion of a story arc and for continuing to build the overall continuity of the story as a whole.
Scalped #50 had practically nothing to do with the ongoing story and yet was all about Scalped.
Issue opened in the late 1800s with a story titled, “The Art of Scalping.” First off, you make your incision from the forehead… Couple of more steps are involved but it ends with a Yank! Not for the faint of heart.
But the issue was really about white settlers moving westward throughout American history and decimating the indigenous American Indian population. Not the proudest moment in American history. But it did happen and to see it all laid out on the comic book page was… brutal… and thought provoking… and to be honest it made me a little queasy. As I said not the proudest moment in American history.
And for the totally fictional work that is Scalped, to bring it into the factual world (Custer was mentioned) and show how the factual events of the past (moving American Indians onto reservations) factored into the attitude, behavior and life of our fictional characters, Dash, Dino, Red Crow… well… just awesome. And very tough to do.
It was one of the biggest events in recent comics and it was the winner of last week’s poll. I am of course talking about Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160, which beat out some very, very enjoyable books like Batman: Gates of Gotham #2, Mighty Thor #3 and Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #1!
This week, the heavy hitters came up to bat. Two of the best series in comics — Walking Dead and Scalped – both came out this week, and of course they made Rusty’s list of nominees. Others on the list this week include an absolutely hilarious Goon #34, a beautifully crafted Avengers: Childrens Crusade #6, the end of John Layman’s crossover in Incredible Hulks Annual #1, four Flashpoint books, a Bill-nominated Uncanny X-Men #539 and more! So…
What was the best book of the week?
Detective Comics #878 (7 Votes)
Goon #34 (3 Votes)
Scalped #50 (3 Votes)
Avengers Childrens Crusade #6 (of 9) (3 Votes)
Uncanny X-Men #539 (1 Votes)
Walking Dead #86 (1 Votes)
Flashpoint Green Arrow Industries #1 (1 Votes)
FF #5 (1 Votes)
American Vampire #16 (1 Votes)
Marvel Universe vs Wolverine #1 (of 4) (1 Votes)
Witch Doctor #1 (of 4) (0 Votes)
X-Men Prelude to Schism #4 (of 4) (0 Votes)
Ultimate Comics X #5 (0 Votes)
Incredible Hulks Annual #1 (0 Votes)
Amazing Spider-Man #664 (0 Votes)
Flashpoint The Canterbury Cricket #1 (0 Votes)
Flashpoint Project Superman #1 (of 3) (0 Votes)
Flashpoint Hal Jordan #1 (of 3) (0 Votes)
Batman Incorporated #7 (0 Votes)
A powerful week to be sure. So powerful that you didn't list my favorite! It's in the comments. (0 Votes)