Scout Comics Reveals Firewater from Ken Kristensen Lifting the Veil on a Dark Chapter in American History

Award-winning writer Ken Kristensen and Eisner-nominated artist M.K. Perker take inspiration from one the darkest chapters of American criminal history with Firewater, a gritty and disturbing crime series from Scout Comics.

In the release Kristensen said:

Terrorizing and murdering Indians – let’s face it – was a disgustingly profitable business for centuries. But never more disgusting or more profitable than during what was called the Osage Reign of Terror. This series is a dramatic interpretation of that long period of horror and the epic struggle to bring justice to one of the most corrupt places on earth. I have unique connection to this story because my wife and son are Osage.

We’re talking about killing on an immense scale – hundreds of murders, made even more egregious because so often it involved a white man marrying an Indian woman and then murdering her to inherit her oil rights.

This story is as relevant today as when it happened. This singular time and place was a heightened microcosm of America’s social schism — income inequality, ethnic persecution, racism, gender inequality, institutional corruption, and environmental issues. It was a reflection of the nation’s material success and spiritual failure.

Firewater is centered around the FBI’s first deep-cover investigation, an effort that attempted to unravel a genocidal conspiracy perpetrated by some of the most powerful people in the state and some of the most notorious outlaws of the day.

The story is set in Osage County, Oklahoma in the 1920s – a time when the Osage were the richest people on earth, thanks to the largest oil field in the world being discovered on their reservation. The reservation was a criminal playground because of its “sovereign nation” status – state cops had no jurisdiction. Kidnappers, drug dealers, bootleggers, con artists, pimps, bank robbers — every conceivable criminal flocked to this lawless reservation that was generating billions of dollars.

Firewater immerses the reader in a full ensemble of cops, criminals, activist citizens, and everyone caught in the crossfire.

Firewater #1 will feature this amazing variant cover by Taylan Kurtulus.