Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we take a look at the first collection of David Lapham’s Stray Bullets, titled “Innocence of Nihilism”…
Innocence of Nihilism collects the first seven issues of Lapham’s Stray Bullets, but I don’t want to be misleading and suggest that this is one complete story. It is not.
You see, Stray Bullets tells the tales of a group of people over the period of about twenty years, generally speaking from youth to adulthood. Each issue takes place in a different year in this twenty-year span, showing the characters at different stages in their lives (each issues spotlights one of the characters).
And, well, let’s just say that their lives are pretty damned messed up.
Oh, and, of course, I would be quite negligent if I did not mention the most famous part of Lapham’s Stray Bullets – Amy Racecar.
Amy Racecar is a fictional character created by Ginny Applejack, one of the characters in the book. Amy Racecar is basically Ginny, only with wish fulfillment stories told about her. They are trippy and awesome (and sad since you realize who is writing them and why).
To wit, here is Amy Racecar hanging out with God…
And here she is on one of her famous bank robberies…
As you can see, this is definitely coming from the mind of a very troubled girl.
Issue #4 is one of my favorite single issues of all-time, as it details Ginny running away from home and getting picked up by an…interesting fellow.
There’s plenty of other twists in the series featuring the other characters (particularly the uber-tragic Joey, who we meet in #1 and later learn exactly why he is what he is as we see him in the past – but also Led’s story in issue #3 has a clever ending), so I don’t mind spoiling this twist for you (especially as I already did when I featured it as a Cool Comic Book Moment) – so, after this man convinces Ginny that they’re going to be bank robbers together, well, see for yourself…
That’s the kind of awesome twists and turns you can expect out of Stray Bullets – a character driven social drama with brilliant artwork by David Lapham.
I’m sure I’ll be returning to future volumes of this series for the Year of Cool Comics…
NOTE: Blog pal Dan Felty found that Lapham has the first four issues up online for you to read FOR FREE! Awesome!
Here is the link.