STRAY BULLETS Aims for the Gut

September 30, 2014

David Lapham’s classic crime series gets new edition

David Lapham’s rich, influential crime series STRAY BULLETS returned to comic book stands in March 2014, with the launch of its first new story arc in nine years, “Killers.” Whether newly-hipped to STRAY BULLETS or longtime fans, readers can now get new editions of the classic story arcs from Image Comics, beginning in October with STRAY BULLETS VOLUME 1: INNOCENCE OF NIHILISM.

Follow the lost lives of people who are savagely torn apart by events beyond their control. As the innocent world of an imaginative little girl is shattered when she witnesses a brutal double murder. Or an introverted young boy on the verge of manhood gets a lesson on just how far is too far when he falls for a needy woman who lives in the fast lane. Or party with a pair of low-rent hoods who learn about what is really important in life just when they shouldn't. And even learn the story of the most infamous gangster who ever lived, Amy Racecar, who talks to God, lunches with the President, and just may be responsible for the end of the world.

Stray Bullets to me is a format for telling my stories. Every issue is a complete tale in itself ranging from traditional noir to emotional drama, comedy, action, suspense, even surreal nonsense,” said Lapham in an interview at the Image Comics website. “Together they all form a larger story of a cast of misfits, losers, outcasts, families, kids, and killers and the tragedies that shape them. But forgetting all that, the gut of Stray Bullets, its mission, is to deliver emotion. To knock readers on their ass every issue with a strong visceral, truthful emotion.”

STRAY BULLETS won the 1996 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist, and the trade paperback collection STRAY BULLETS: INNOCENCE OF NIHILISM won the 1997 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album-Reprint. Its trademark dark, neo-noir themes and nonlinear storytelling have been likened to the storytelling styles of Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch.

STRAY BULLETS VOLUME 1: INNOCENCE OF NIHILISM will be in comic book stores on October 29 and in bookstores on November 11. It is available for pre-order now.


  • ISBN 978-1-63215-113-1
  • Diamond Comic order code AUG140602
  • 224 pages, black and white
  • $19.99
  • Rated Mature
  • Collects STRAY BULLETS #1-7
  • In comic book stores October 29, bookstores November 11


Stray Bullets is the best crime comic of all time… An epic, sprawling tale of uncommon criminals, shocking violence, and innocence burned to the ground, Stray Bullets is an American masterpiece, a crime comic of such convincing realism and startling intensity that it stands as the absolute peak of its genre.” ─John Parker, Comics Alliance

"...a character-driven social drama with brilliant artwork by David Lapham." ─Brian Cronin, Comics Should Be Good