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Stray Bullets Volume 1 Paperback – September 23, 1998

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Product Details

  • Series: Stray Bullets (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: El Capitan Books; Gph edition (September 23, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965328031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965328036
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,956,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With the demise of the absurdly moralistic comics code, it is now possible for the artists and writers to exhibit gore and the hopelessness of the lives of people. Child abuse, drug usage, sexual situations and brutal murder with the gore of splashing blood are all now legitimate topics for the pages of comic books.
This book is my first lengthy exposure to the new genre, where wicked people do wicked things to screw up their lives and the lives of others. There are a lot of people trying to survive and make something out of difficult situations. Love for others does peek its leveling head on occasion, but it is rare and not all that assertive. There are also times when you have sympathy for the people in the stories, the pathetic and hopeless nature of their lives is so sad.
My favorite story is the last one called "Bonnie and Clyde." It is a great story, you think you know exactly what the brutal end is going to be and then it takes a very surprising twist. In ordinary circumstances, it would be a good one, but in this case it is not and you feel very sorry for the young girl.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher L. Weiherer on January 30, 2006
The first volume of Stray Bullets collects issues 1-7 of the series, and I was surprised by how good this book was. The start of this volume hooks you to the story, and one learns more about the characters through an ever changing time frame in this volume. The volume starts in 1997, and the second story takes place in 1977. I certainly would recommend this series, and I am personally going to continue to the read the books.
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