Stray Bullets 12 (January 1997)

Stray Bullets #12Ginny finally gets to Seaside and truly meets the cast there. Havoc ensues. Madcap havoc. There’s violence and there’s a little bit of evil, but Lapham plays it all for humor. Not even surreal humor. He’s got a cast of supporting characters he mocks and mock them he does.

The evil comes in the form of the local sheriff. He presents what seems to be a serious threat, what with him willing to attack kids in front of hundreds of witnesses. He also has his gun out and shoots at lots of things. Between him and the comically creepy guys patrolling the fair for girls, Lapham lets Bullets become farce.

It’s not bad as farce. Lapham still has enough good will on Beth for her to get through the issue all right and Ginny introducing herself as “Amy” is worth a smile. The story’s just a little too slight overall.

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CREDITS

Hugs, Not Drugs or Hugs on Drugs; writer, artist, and letterer, David Lapham; editor, Deborah Purcell; publisher, El Capitán Books.

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