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Stray Bullets 26 (June 2002)

Stray Bullets #26And now Lapham just decides to mess with the reader. The story has Amy Racecar–you know, Virginia’s alter ego–kidnapped by a bad guy, along with her male friend. She escapes, leaving the male friend behind. Is Lapham finally going to break from the Amy Racecar stuff into Virginia’s real life, where she’s escaped from the pedophile in the previous issue (Lapham’s worst?). No, no, he’s not.

Speaking of worst–this issue is actually awesome at the end and Lapham really does some great stuff with the Amy character but it’s so cheap. He’s learned how to manipulate the reader with forced machinations. Or maybe he always intended to manipulate the reader and there’s some Stray Bullets story bible out there with all the plans.

It’s doesn’t matter because Lapham’s still produces a great comic here. The manipulation hurts, but Amy Racecar can’t be defeated by cheap narrative tricks. She’s bitching.



Wild Strawberries Can’t Be Broken or Don’t Blame God Your Dog’s Dead; writer, artist, and letterer, David Lapham; editor, Deborah Dragovic; publisher, El Capitán Books.

One response to “Stray Bullets 26 (June 2002)”

  1. Vernon wiley

    Since Lapham seems to crash and burn near the end of the series here, I begin to wonder about the damaged output after so many good issues. I’ll hazard a guess that going self published wasn’t working out, and perhaps the strain of creativity along with financial disappointment may have had something to do with it. It seems so sad to see the series suffer so at the end, and as a fan, i’m looking for reasons why.

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