Zachary Clayton

Stray Bullets: Killers 1- Good Writing But a Tough Read

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I’ve never read Stray Bullets before, but if the rest of the series is anything like ‘Killers’, I won’t be anytime soon.

Stray Bullets: Killers #1 via

Created by: David Lapham

Stray Bullets: Killers #1
Creator: David Lapham
Publisher: Image Comics
Release date: March 12, 2014

Now,  if you’re a big David Lapham fan and love his work, I’m not saying the writing in “Killers” is bad.  It’s not.  It’s actually quite good.  I appreciate how the story is brought out through the point of view of a naive child.  We only see the kid’s world and how his logic and decision making is dictated by what only he observes.  And the consequences after this kid, Eli Goldburg, tells our killer, Scottie, about his father’s run-in with a certain young lady.  That’s good focused writing, and I dug it.  Incidentally, I read quite a bit of Lapham’s work from as far back as his time with Valiant.  So, I like the guys work.

What I didn’t like was how tragic this story was.  It’s so tragic, I found myself whining aloud “Noooooo!”, for the utter stupidity of little Eli Godlburg.  This kid, single-handed, destroys not one but two families before the end of the issue.  Yeah, okay sure. Not single-handed, but damn near.  His actions were like a train wreck, and Eli had me slapping my face out of disbelief.  I don’t like not knowing the cause of death by the end of the story, Killers #2 had me re-reading a few pages several times because I thought I had missed this mentioning.  Apparently I’m supposed to make an educated guess.  Well, that’s why I read stories like this, not only for the “whodunit?” but the “why” as well.  Was it a suicidal depression?  A lustful murder?  What the hell happened! I’m not Sherlock Holmes, so I guess I’ll never know for sure.  In short, I wasn’t impressed.  This issue was, for me, like Breaking Bad.  All the characters are worthless and deplorable, and I felt like my time would have been better spent reading old Donald Duck comics. But remember, it’s only my opinion.

The moral of the story: don’t ask young strippers to baby-sit for you, unless you want your face cut off.

Stray Bullets Killers #1 is available for you to form your own opinion on this title!


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