Then again, the character arcs aren’t doing much to overcome the over-cooked hard-boiled absurdity of it all. The characters’ language is like Raymond Chandler dialogue on anabolic steroids. You can guess six pages into the story that Bad Horse’s mom has a secret history with his nemesis Red Crow, just as you can count pages until Bad Horse and Red Crow’s daughter get down in violent fashion. It could be cool and shocking, but it’s all just laying there on the page, predictable, obvious.
I didn't address much beyond the Indian issues in SCALPED, but this review complements mine. Writer Aaron does what he does well, but it's still "over-cooked hard-boiled absurdity."