blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Stray Bullets 3 (May 1995)

Stray Bullets #3Being interconnected can be a real problem when it’s all you’re going for. This issue, Lapham brings in characters from the previous issues at different times in their lives, showing where they’ve gone or showing how they ended up where they’re going. For the most part, they’re supporting cast, which is good.

The problem is Lapham doesn’t have anything going on for his lead characters this issue. It’s a couple young, dumb, small time crooks who throw a party. The whole issue revolves around the party and the party isn’t interesting. Lapham goes for non sequitur surprises with some of the party moments; good approach, but not great moments.

He’s got a problem–his little criminals aren’t sympathetic characters and they aren’t compelling ones either. Why care about their problems? Their stories for the issue don’t grab. Lapham seems to know it too, using cheap stunts more often than not.



The Party; writer, artist, and letterer, David Lapham; editor, Deborah Purcell; publisher, El Capitán Books.

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