Jason Aaron on SCALPED:
I "celebrate" the fact that SCALPED is one of the few Native-themed comics set on a reservation, too. But comics such as A HERO'S VOICE and DARKNESS CALLS offer a much richer portrayal of rez life.
I've heard a couple Natives criticize SCALPED as stereotypical. Sorry they weren't able to make their views known to Aaron, but that's what I'm here for.
A few critics who thought SCALPED #1 was problematical said to give the series a chance. I've read through SCALPED #1-3 and there's been no fleshing out [or down] of characters. The third issue is as stereotypical as the first one was.
Here are my thoughts on SCALPED from the same article:
"I have mixed feelings," Schmidt said about Aaron's latest work. "They're calling it 'The Sopranos' on the reservation. It has a feel that sort of feels realistic, but at the same time, it's very exaggerated, very extreme, (compared) to many reservations I visited."
Schmidt, also a non-Native, describes his comic, "Peace Party," as a portrait of Natives that is free of myths and stereotypes. He believes "SCALPED" does not break Native stereotypes but instead reinforces them.
"I think (Aaron) is trying to sensationalize it," he said. "There are (reservation) problems but they're not all killing each other. There are good things going on too: schools, clinics and elders trying to preserve the traditions. Everywhere there is a balance, and don't think he shows a balance. He shows only the negative side."