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Stray Bullets, Vol. 1: Innocence of Nihilism (Stray Bullets #1-7)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  742 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
For the first time ever, the complete award-winning first arc of Stray Bullets in paperback! Follow the lost lives of people who are savagely torn apart by events beyond their control: The innocent world of an imaginative little girl is shattered when she witnesses a brutal double murder. An introverted young boy on the verge of manhood gets a lesson on just how far is too ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 6th 2005 by El Capitan (first published May 2nd 2001)
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Sam Quixote
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It’s tricky to talk about Stray Bullets without acknowledging Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, which came out the year before Stray Bullets debuted in 1995. The clever dialogue, likeable criminal characters, and violent, interlocking stories must’ve felt derivative like the million Tarantino copycats that popped up in his wake. And yet Stray Bullets is its own thing. It shares only superficial similarities to Tarantino’s masterpiece and possesses notable differences to make it stand out separately.

4 1/4 stars
Printable Tire
Aug 19, 2010 rated it liked it
At least the pictures were neat. This collection of tales stretches from the morbidly retarded to the why-you-gotta-be-so depressing, yet the storytelling and sequencing sometimes show genuine talent. The portrayals of low-lifes and shitty family dynamics are a little too real, with all the good-time chunks thrown out and replaced with basic bareboned black humor. The more interesting stories tie together the same loose company of strangers (think Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, do doubt an inspiratio ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Really awesome art and stories. I hope the stories become more connected in the following volumes. Only a few of the 7 stories presented here contained the same characters. I wasn't shocked by any of the violent themes, although at first they did seem to only be there to shock and entertain. The later stories, however, were more restrained. For a slim graphic novel this explored a lot of territory.

I'd recommend this to fans of comics, as well as fans of violence/crime stories.
Tom Mathews
A collection of interesting, loosely linked stories won the Eisner Award. The black and white drawings get a bit too busy on occasion but this is otherwise an engaging graphic novel.
Christopher Mclean
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting collection of loosely interlocking violent crime stories, that left me with intrigued but mixed feelings.

This volume collects a number to self contained, typically violent, crime focused stories, which when read together start to show some connected characters (with one exception set over 1000 years after the other stories). Individually each story works quite well, often playing with the readers expectations and taking the story is the opposite direction from what is expected.

Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
So my friend told me this story once how she accidently rented 28 Days Later, the zombie horror flick, instead of 28 Days, the warming tale of an alcholics journey to recovery. She said she had a blanket over half her face and kept wondering when Sandra Bullock was going to show up.

This was me and Stray Bullets. I'd heard recommendations for 100 Bullets, but it had been awhile and when I saw this title I picked it up. So I'm starting to feel like shit as I read about these people and drugs, sexu
'kris Pung
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great collection of short semi-related stories.
Filipe Siqueira
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Temos aqui um interessante estudo sobre a violência. Não apenas um olhar geral sobre a violência sistêmica e completa, mas como ela se manifesta de forma sutil até mesmo nos indivíduos aparentemente mais blindados a ela.

A ideia do autor David Lapham é demonstrar como a violência (e mais ainda a violência urbana e criminosa) parece um ser tentacular e cheio de cabeças, capaz de se perpetuar. O gibi traça um painel em que indivíduos (geralmente desajustados) são envolvidos em uma teia sutil que de
Sridhar Reddy
Oct 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
In a post-Pulp Fiction world of crime storytelling, the use of multiple, interlocking storylines has become a commonplace device. When employed with skill, it can create a rich and textured universe with depth and veracity. When used ineffectively, the separate storylines become episodic and exist as disjointed short stories stitched together only by a title.

David Lapham's Stray Bullets falls into the former category as a complete, defined and utterly fascinating world of crime and morality. La
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(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

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 life in the fast lane.
Or party with a pair of low-rent hoods who learn about
Shannon Appelcline
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-indy, comics
This is an amazing first volume. I love the structure of the book, with its kaleidoscope focus on some many characters in some many timeframes. More than once I found myself flipping back and forth to make sure I understood the connections. The storytelling is also very strong, with most of the issues ending with rather shocking moments of the sort that a more traditional comic would be afraid to include, because they'd create too much change.

With that all said, it's the characters that really m
Wayne McCoy
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Stray Bullets, Vol. 1: Innocence of Nihilism' collects the first seven issues of the series from the mid 1990s by David Lapham. The art is great and the well written stories veer crazily out of control between morbid humor and outright violence. Ready?

The stories take place over a variety of years and a few of them are linked. From low lifes sent out to bury bodies, to an innocent young girl who's life is changed when she witnesses a murder. Things take place at a crazy party where a bright you
Manuel Alejandro
I just began to read Stray Bullets and I already feel frustrated that it took me so long to begin it. This is the kind of stories that I usually feel interested in, but don’t found as often as I would like to.

Judging for the first seven issues, the comic book is formed from one issue stories that happen in the same world with different characters crossing in different stories. Also, it is a story that occurs through different decades. There is even a story in the future with a very unexpected fu
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it

The title is a perfect representation of what's inside this strange compilation, often featuring young kids being thrust into the dark underbelly of crime, or having to deal with domestic tragedy. It's dark and can genuinely be unsettling, thanks to the stark but nuanced artwork. The facial expressions are spot on, with realistic dialogue allowing you to imagine it like a movie as you read. Sometimes the artwork can be slightly confusing when there's a lot of movement, and it can be so ble
Aug 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of crime fiction
Shelves: graphic-novels
Stray Bullets is my all-time favorite ongoing series. The art is dynamic, the storyline is enthralling...I love how Lapham doesn't feel the need to explain anything yet everything unwraps itself perfectly as the series progresses.

This first story arc appears to be a bunch of uncorrelated stories, really. But what Lapham's doing is introducing you to the main cast of characters that'll be with you for the remainder of the issues...unless they die first, of course.

Highly recommended - just don't
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: image-comics, comics
Stray Bullets gives me a lot of anxiety. So much so that when I first started reading this volume in June, I had to stop halfway into the book, I was so unnerved by the stories. But I finally picked it up again today and finished it.
I have to say, it's an incredibly written book. The plots are very tight and tense, the art is moody, it's all great stuff. But the stories themselves are absolutely miserable and depressing, it's the noir-iest of noir comics out there. And it seems like it only gets
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it
This was interconnected series of stories, most of them revolving around one young girl, who witnesses a murder one night, and how her life kind of goes to hell after that. I'm not sure everything here really works, though, and this volume doesn't wrap up neatly. The story about Amy Racecar, world's greatest thief, seems wildly out of place and pretty nonsensical to boot. Lapham's artwork is rather slapdash and kind of hard to follow at times. I'd read another volume if it came ...more
Aug 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
Kinda nasty and vile, really.

I discovered Lapham in the early-to-mid 90s through his work on the various Valiant & Defiant titles and was very impressed with his art style. He still has all that talent and more. But his stories in Bullets seem only aimed at making you, well, lose your lunch.

As Tolstoy once wrote of Maupassant: "...he loved and described things that should not have been loved and described... he even describes certain obscenities difficult to understand."
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Black & white noir artwork with a story reminiscent of Jim Thompson.
I have no idea what I just read. It might have been amazing.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loeg-archives
Lapham's layouts really created a powerful feeling of voyeurism and reality. It's like you're watching something that you don't want to see, but the "camera" insistently stays right where it is and you just can't look away. The characters just sing with originality and vibrancy. Great dialogue, intense emotions, and very well realized characters makes Stray Bullets a must read. It's a crime book, but the power of the characters makes it sometimes feel like a slice of life book. Everybody's actio ...more
L.R. Diaz
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
So far I'm enjoying the series. Nice storytelling and dramatic stories. They are almost soap opera parodies. Sometimes you kind of lose track where you are with some familiar characters growing up or getting older. They are all generally fun and interesting. Film Noir inspired stories. More character development than Sin City and definitely less stylized both in writing and art. It's fun to see and read. I can't really say I've found a story I'm really in love with. I may not, but it's interesti ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book after picking it up and did like the stories, but I found it hard to follow along sometimes in terms of how the stories are laid out in the volume and the drawing sometimes made it hard for me to understand what was happening in a scene.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
ESTIMATED DNF RATING: {2/5 star to 2.5/5 stars}

My first five-star read of the year!

I've been meaning to read this book for years. I can't remember where I came upon it, but I read someone somewhere compare it to Quentin Tarantino (who I was a big fan of when I was a teen - I've watched Pulp Fiction more times than I can count), which is what persuaded me to add to my neverending to-read list.

I wish I had picked this up sooner, because it's already shaping up to be one of my favourite comics series ever and I'm only one volume in.

The work re
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: digital
A dark and gritty depcition of a world that is in dire need for some good, or else all is lost. The saddest part - it just feels too real. This collection of stories reminds us such things as - violence leads to more violence and no good will come out of it; don't be too hard on kids, as they are kids and are a reflection of your actions and behaviour; and sometimes - you're never grown up, regardless of how many years you have lived under the sun. It really does deserve the subtitle that includ ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I started reading comics last year I've been looking into a lot of old and new ones. Like Superman and Batman and Spider-Man, but then there's The Walking Dead and Stray Bullets. I've read the first four issues and I find it a very interesting comic. It's mostly crime fiction but overall from what I read it's more about humanity. When you might not like Joey at first, but then you might have some sympathy later on when you see him again in another issue. Out of all the characters I've ...more
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
A bit like Brubaker's "Criminal" series. Each issue is a separate story that is lightly connected to the other issues. Characters recur and the timeline keeps jumping around between the late 70s and the 80s. It centers primarily on a community of street criminals and a little girl who's life is altered because of them.

Very dark stuff. Some of the stories are quite good, but the Amy Racetrack issue throws everything off. It seems to take place in the same "world" but it's grimly farcical instead
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is one of those instances where you read the blurb after the book to find it's esteemed, lauded and – of all things – humorous. It isn't the latter and it's really quite hard to see why it’s the others. Seven connected chapters regarding partying teens, a young girl and her hard-done-by-ness, and many characters with links to one certain crime lord. The inking has a blunt, plain Eisner quality to it, with some weird poses and exaggerated details to bludgeon the reader, which at least the st ...more
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