KC comic book writer Jason Aaron’s ‘Scalped’ heading to TV

WGN America is developing Kansas City comic book writer Jason Aaron’s “Scalped” for TV, according to

The Hollywood Reporter


The 2007 DC/Vertigo comic, illustrated by R.M. Guera, ran as a monthly for 60 issues until 2012.

The crime noir series is set on the fictional Prairie Rose reservation in South Dakota and follows undercover FBI agent Dashiell Bad Horse as he infiltrates a crime organization run by casino boss and Oglala Tribal Council president Lincoln Red Crow.

Widely acclaimed, “Scalped” was one of the longest-running series in comics history with a non-white protagonist and largely non-white cast, according to THR.

Fans of the series are excited about the TV project, which will be penned by “Banshee” writer Doug Jung.

“One of the best comic series ever made is coming to TV and I'm nervous as hell,” writes

Paul Shirey



movie website. “Jason Aaron's Scalped ... is one of the absolute best pieces of comic-book work done in the last decade.”

“WGN isn't quite HBO, FX, or AMC, so my nerves are a bit rattled in terms of how they'll adapt this. For a work that is unflinchingly violent, dark, and filled with expletives, I am leery of a ‘tame’ version of Scalped. One of the book's greatest strengths is that it tackles themes that are typically deemed too ‘adult’ for a comic, including abortion, homosexuality, poverty, etc. (i.e. real-world stuff).

“It would be easy to make this a shoot-em-up detective series on an Indian ‘rez’ but I'm going to hold out hope that they'll adapt this with as much integrity as possible.”

The Alabama-born


has lived in the Kansas City area since 2000. He’s written for “Ghost Rider,” “Wolverine,” “Incredible Hulk,” “Punisher Max” and other Marvel projects.

His current projects, according to his website,

, include “Thor God of Thunder” and “Amazing X-Men” for Marvel and “Southern Bastards” for Image Comics.

“I enjoy many things, but shaving is not one of them,” notes the bearded writer.