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Casino Boogie (2008): Running for the Bright, Where Dark Is Always Light, but There’s No Day

Popcorn for Breakfast

Jason Aaron, Scalped, vol. 2: Casino Boogie (Vertigo, 2008)

 

Jason Aaron got off to an ugly, brutal start in the first volume of Scalped, with a massive twist at the end that felt like a kick to the head. How do you follow something like that? Obviously, you do something entirely different, and Casino Boogie delivers in spades, giving us a handful of stories that take place, with the exception of a few flashbacks, all in the twelve hours surrounding the opening of the Crazy Horse Casino. If you read the first volume of Scalped, you know this is going to be dark, dark, dark, and Aaron delivers, although one of the stories does have what seems to be a little light at the end of the tunnel. (Whether it’s an oncoming train we’ll have to wait for later issues to discover.) Aaron does overreach with another big twist…

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