Stray Bullets 16 (August 1998)

Stray Bullets #16Lapham starts fresh this issue, set a few years before the Virginia and Beth storyline; this time the protagonist is a hen-pecked husband who breaks down and kills someone. The experience proves a boon for his ego and he changes his life. Actually, he mostly starts drinking, sleeping with some other guy’s wife, hangs out at strip clubs, romances a stripper with a heart of gold.

It’s almost really good in a lot of ways, but some of them seem mutually exclusive–at least how Lapham’s structured the narrative. For example, it could be a great story about a cheating husband whose plans fall through, but there’s the murder thing at the open. And the character doesn’t exhibit confidence in any way other than the philandering. Maybe there just needs to be more of it.

Also, Lapham rushes the second half of the issue or so. The first half’s gold though.



Two-Week Vacation; writer, artist, and letterer, David Lapham; editor, Deborah Dragovic; publisher, El Capitán Books.

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