Stray Bullets 15 (July 1998)

Stray Bullets #15It’s another great issue. Lapham’s uneven overall, but when he does a great issue, it’s truly great.

No surprise, Virginia is the center of the issue. Lapham sets it a year later than the previous issue with its cliffhanger, with Virginia and Beth living in California. Beth’s trying to make deals, usually with guys, upsetting Virginia. Lapham writes the narration like Virginia’s doing a journal entry, but with lapses in reality.

It’s great.

What’s even better–and where Lapham does make Stray Bullets into a cohesive series–is how Virginia has changed. There’s new depth when she’s bullying some kid, just like she was bullied back in her first appearance. It does sort of make her actions confusing if one hasn’t read it all, but Lapham’s not going for new readers.

Then the second half of the issue or so is a madcap action sequence, funny and disturbing.

Phenomenal issue.

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CREDITS

Sex and Violence (Part 1); writer, artist, and letterer, David Lapham; editor, Deborah Dragovic; publisher, El CapitΓ‘n Books.

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