Scalped, and the power of ‘show and tell’
Review links usually are Chris Mautner’s territory, but I want to point out this solid overview of Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera’s Vertigo series Scalped written for fans of crime fiction, rather than for a comics readership.
Crime writer Jay Stringer builds his review around what comics can do better, or at least more easily, than movies, television or prose:
Could this be a film? Yes. It could be a rushed and violent spectacle. It could cram the whole thing into two or three hours and barely scratch the surface of what this series has achieved so far.
Could it be a television show? Sure. The Wire has proved that this sort of thing is doable. But it would take the very best writers and directors, to say nothing of a cast who would be willing to sit out whole episodes at a time as the focus shifts.
What a comic book can do that doesn’t work on screen is to really get us into the heads of the characters. It can show and tell. And because of that, it only needs to do a little of each to hit home very powerfully.
The fifth collection of Scalped will be released in November. You can download the complete first issue from the Vertigo website.