Stray Bullets: Killers #1

Stray Bullets: Killers #1

Writer: David Lapham Artist: David Lapham Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 12, 2014 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 1
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7.0User Rating

One of the most acclaimed crime series ever returns! When Gary Goldsmith and his young son Asa are involved in a deadly hit and run, their night goes from bad to worse when their grisly deed is witnessed by a disturbing stranger. Find out what thirty dollars, a dirty diaper, and a girl named Yummy will reveal about the true meaning of life in a little story we like to call “The Love Ride.” Featuring the return of Spanish Scott!

This new arc of stories about life and love and all the things we do to kill them starts out in the best noir tradition, then turns the genre on its ear. Would you expect any less? If you've never read STRAY BULLETS before, jump in here. Hell, jump in anywhere. Every issue always presents a complete story that fits into a larger whole.

  • 10
    Newsarama - George Marston Feb 11, 2014

    Stray Bullets: Killers #1 may not be for everyone. It's a little chilling, a lot violent, and exactly in line with Lapham's previous incarnation of the title, though new readers will feel no learning curve. If there's any flaw, it's that Killers doesn't stray far enough from the colon-less Stray Bullets, though true to the title, it does focus more on the force majeure of crime and violence through the eyes of those perpetrating it at times. But when the work is this good, and this consistent with the vision of its creator, it's hard to argue with the results. Stray Bullets: Killers #1 is like coming back to a town that you know has dark secrets, but feels like home nonetheless. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 12, 2014

    "Stray Bullets: Killers" #1 is a fantastic, wonderful return for the series. Everything works so well here; the tense writing, the carefully structured page layouts, the wonderful expressions on people's faces as things go horribly wrong. From Eli's adoring gaze towards Scott, to the look of terror on Eli's father's face when he sees an unexpected person at the club, to the steely-eyed look that Scott gives Eli after Eli witnesses Scott doing business... every page, every panel, they're all winners. "Stray Bullets" is back, and with a vengeance. You won't find a better comic released this week. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Mar 12, 2014

    This is a quiet series masquerading as a bombastic crime book. These moments of human pathos are what we live for, moments where we can connect with other people, and that makes this book effective. We connect with people through a common humanity, and then watch them live through (or not live through, as often as not) extreme situations. We feel those situations, and we feel for those characters. This series asks us to feel those things for the "regular" folks as well as the killers themselves. It promises to be complex and involved, and I'm on for every twist and turn. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Josh Reifler Mar 11, 2014

    Sex, violence, and dark secrets take front and center in this book " Lapham seems intent on demonstrating that while the original series has concluded his plans for the Spanish Scott is far from over. And while this story has some great moments it is pretty rough for the unprepared reader as a boy's yearning to follow in the footsteps of his father takes a tragic turn and unexpected costs are paid. Without spoiling this short intro story it's a nice reintroduction to one of the series main characters and felt right at home alongside the earlier works. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Mar 12, 2014

    In this issue we follow the story of Eli, a kid who has a habit of hiding in his Dad's trunk when he visits a local strip club and then sneaks in to catch a bit of the show himself. Eli manages to get mixed up with Scottie, an unsavory character that hangs around said strip club, and what follows is a story that shows normal people and their normal world caught up around the edges of the criminal world. Not pleasant by any stretch of the imagination, but it feels right. Lapham's story-telling has that ring of authenticity that make the story all the more enthralling. I'm happy that Stray Bullets is back and I hope Lapham keeps issues coming at a regular clip. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Mar 12, 2014

    If you've read Stray Bullets before, you know what to expect in the art department. Lapham's gorgeous black and white style is as amazing as ever. He draws characters that look really and flawed. It's part of what makes this comic so believable and so painful. He paces it wonderfully, too. The 32 pages of story we get here feel even longer in a good way. You get sucked in. We don't get many comics like this and when we do it should be celebrated. Thanks for bringing back Stray Bullets, David Lapham. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Capeless Crusader - Mike Sains Mar 18, 2014

    If you are looking for a new crime / pulp book to sink your teeth into, look no further than Stray Bullets: Killers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - David Hinspeter Mar 30, 2014

    This read was excellent. It had some grit, and a compelling story. The main character being the boy caught up in everything really made this stand out from the other true crime books out there. I fully intend to add this to my pull, and if you're a fan of crime dramas, you should be too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Backwards Compatible - Paul Fiander Jul 29, 2014

    David Lapham has thankfully returned to the Stray Bullets world and this first issue is a great jumping on point for new readers. The story feels like it's going in a predictable direction but twists and turns in directions that make Killers a compelling read. I am now driven to do two things, pick up the first 40 odd issues of Stray Bullets and also dive head first into this upcoming series. My hope is that the level of story maintains as the bar has been set pretty high. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Mar 13, 2014

    Despite the laughs, despite the lack of the supernatural, “Stray Bullets” is a horror comic. And a damn great one at that. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Mar 11, 2014

    The only mild downside to Stray Bullet Killers is that the artwork is somewhat inconsistent and will occasionally not quite match up with what the characters are saying, or will feel a little too compressed for a panel, but those moments are seldom enough for it to be forgiven. Stray Bullet Killers is a truly brilliant take on the crime noir genre; it's an inspired story that effortlessly blends the kind of long form twist you might find in a Bioshock game with the effortless genre aping in service of greater message that Tarantino has turned into a trademark. All of which is wrapped around a core so darkly unapologetically real and grounded that you have to wonder why more stories haven't done something like it. Stray Bullet Killers is definitely recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Mar 13, 2014

    Ultimately, the nihilistic ending tells the tale of desperate men and dangerous men. Lapham's world isn't about life being meaningless; it's about life being mean and unforgiving. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Florida Geek Scene - Craig Schroeder Mar 12, 2014

    Though this was my first foray into Laphams Stray Bullets universe, I am eager to return. The cover shows this as Issue 1, but the final panels are followed with a definitive sounding THE END; and the resolution, though satisfying, could be extrapolated upon. So Im not sure whether well see any more of these characters, but Ive got my eye on what is to come in the world of Stray Bullets. Read Full Review

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