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Stray Bullets: Other People (vol. 3)

Credits: Written and Illustrated by David Lapham
Publisher: El Capitan

Commentary

Sex. ESS EEE ECKS. SEX!

The binding polymer of any crime story worth its weight in lead, OTHER PEOPLE finds STRAY BULLETS mastermind David Lapham spinning a fistful of gritty ruminations of how a little ESS EEE ECKS on the side destroys nice, quiet, boring lives. From the passive-aggressive nebbish looking for a perpetual Good Time, to the cretin dreaming of his wife's death as a means to bag her best friend, to the poor poor bastard who takes The Wrongest Girl Ever home, OTHER PEOPLE is a tense and dirty little stomach-ache of a book. It's stories here all seem to involve middle-aged over-the-hill types trying to reclaim their youth between the sheets, and then forced to deal with all the attendant ramifications.

Lapham's golden age of comics influences resonate on page here as it does in his noir book Murder Me Dead; it's as though he's realized the stories he's telling belong firmly in another era and in another place and not alongside brightly colored morality templates punching one another in the dicks. OTHER PEOPLE feels like fifties-sleaze.

-- Matt Fraction

 
Matt Fraction splits his time between motion graphics and design house MK12, writing comics, and reading comics. He is the author of the graphic novels The Annotated Mantooth and Last of the Independents, both available from AiT/Planet Lar. He can be found on the web at mattfraction.com. His wife is hot.

 


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