Stray Bullets 9 (May 1996)

Stray Bullets #9

I don't know if I'd say Bullets is back on track, as Lapham's been relatively uneven so it's hard to know what kind of track he's trying to keep the series on. But this issue's definitely an improvement, just in terms with how tightly he tells the story.

It's set in the trailer park from the previous issue, but following around a new character, a local loser who takes Orson out to the nearby truck stop. There's nothing else to do but hang out at the truck stop. The issue's protagonist is an unlikable bully (though Lapham never gives the reader the satisfaction of Orson going off on him) and his adventures, set over a day, are mostly comical.

The end is a little bit of a surprise, not so much the last page, which Lapham goes for humor, but the bully's big moment.

It's a solid, if unremarkable, issue.

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CREDITS

Twenty-Eight Guys Named Nick; writer, artist, and letterer, David Lapham; editor, Deborah Purcell; publisher, El Capitán Books.

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