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Stray Bullets Vol. 1: Innocence of Nihilism (Stray Bullets (Graphic Novels)) Paperback – April 20, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Stray Bullets (Graphic Novels)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: El Capitan Books (April 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972714561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972714563
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,618,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. This unforgettable epic of lowlife criminals in Baltimore in the 1980s pulls no punches. An obsessed junior gunsel in love with a corpse; an abused little girl who takes refuge in violent fantasies of robbing banks; a lonely woman who picks up a teenage boy; a hit man who looks like Jesus Christ—these are only a few of the indelible characters caught up in Lapham's ultra-violent saga. Jumping in time from 1977 to 1997, the seven stories in this book are interrelated in subtle ways. Joey, the murderous youth from the first story, appears in another piece, set 17 years earlier, as a boy walking in on his mother having sex with a random guy at a party. Ginny Applejack, in a sad tale of child abuse, is transmogrified into Amy Racecar, a nihilistic antiheroine who is Bonnie and Clyde rolled into one. Lapham's heartbreaking yet detached stories show how petty criminals delude themselves into thinking they're just one score away from leaving it all behind. But even the most sympathetic characters can't break free, like Led, a young punk who finds true love at a wild party and thinks nothing of robbing a liquor store when the party runs out of beer. Lapham's fluid, keenly observed art elevates even the melodramatic moments into stunning instants of shattering truths and savage consequences. (Mar.)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kauffinbauchser on May 23, 2010
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There are no superheroes here. There's not really any heroes of any kind. The book is in simple black and white, but the characters are emotionally very grey. This collection introduces us to a world of dingy, low level criminals in Baltimore. Lapham avoids the obvious trappings of the genre. Instead of cruel criminals, who enjoy inflicting misery and pain, the cast of Stray Bullets seems to be in the business they're in to make a living. Instead of evil, these folks seem to be moral nihilists. I can't explain why, but these characters resonated with me, not just while I read, but for weeks after. One of the very best trades I've read ever.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Max Blecker on November 23, 2008
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This book is absolutely insane. The way lapham weaves the stories of the different characters across time and the country is truly incredible. I liked it so much I adapted a scene from issue 2 "Victimology" for class. [...]
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