March 11, 2008


Another comic book features an Indian as--believe it or not--a murderous savage. What an original idea...not.

Garth Ennis' Streets of GloryEnnis brings back the Western this Fall at Avatar! Garth Ennis is ready to re-define the classic genre of the Western with this brutal tale of 1899. Joe Dunn is one of the last bastions of the old guard drifters, those men that could be trusted to defend the common man with integrity, honor, and if need be, hot steel of death. Dunn has been away from Montana for more than 15 years, lost to all who knew him. Now he comes riding into a small town, still representing the best of the past, an era quickly fading. The way things are done is changing, the future is coming. The bodies will start to pile up while the streets run red with glorious blood. Ennis teams with Mike Wolfer (Escape of the Living Dead) for this epic full color series that promises to thrill every fan of Garth’s powerful story-telling and brutal violence.STREETS OF GLORY #4Garth Ennis' powerhouse saga of the Old West continues in this, the most violent chapter yet! Red Crow, the maniacal Apache serial killer, has resurfaced, renewing his terroristic murder spree upon the defenseless settlers near Gladback, Montana. With a posse consisting of the untested and untrustworthy bodyguards of a wealthy industrialist, Colonel Joseph R. Dunn has set out to track down Red Crow and end his reign of terror.Comment:  I didn't waste my money on this comic, but I skimmed it in the shop. Like Ripclaw and Bear, Red Crow is a killing machine who scalps his opponents live and apparently can't be stopped by bullets. At least he looks like a stereotypical Apache rather than a stereotypical Plains warrior. But as far as I can tell, he has no personality other than a crazed bloodlust. In other words, he's a pure stereotype.

Curiously, the murderous Indian in SCALPED is also named (Lincoln) Red Crow. Coincidence, or do stereotypical minds think alike? In any case, neither Jason Aaron nor Garth Ennis seems to have an original thought about Indians. Their take on Indians is derivative of centuries of stereotyping, starting with Magua and Injun Joe.

So the demonizing of Indians continues. For more on the subject, see SCALPED and the Savage Trend.


dmarks said...

That's a pretty bad image on the cover there. It might be worth repeating in future items on "Indians = savage killer" type posts, like how you re-use the Wahoo comparison one on other stereotype posts.

Rob said...

Yes, it's pretty bad. Don't worry...I've saved the image for future reference. ;-)