StrayBul­lets reloaded

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NEARLY eight years af­ter its last is­sue, Stray Bul­lets is headed back to comic shops with a fi­nal story, a se­quel se­ries and a one-shot om­nibus col­lect­ing all 41 is­sues of the sem­i­nal ti­tle cre­ated by writer and artist David Lapham.

Im­age Comics, home to nu­mer­ous cre­ator-owned ti­tles in­clud­ing The Walk­ing Dead, said last week that the se­ries’ re­turn is set for March.

Lapham, who has been writ­ing other comics in the in­terim, called it the right time to bring the story to au­di­ences old and new.

Stray Bul­lets, he said, has “al­ways been home to me” and dur­ing the time off, he’s sparked new ideas for the se­ries that will see him not just wrap its first, com­plete arc with is­sue #41, but move on to Stray Bul­lets: Killers, too.

Both is­sues, along with the om­nibus, will be re­leased on March 12 in print and through dig­i­tal store­fronts, Im­age said.

Lapham said last week that he halted the se­ries in 2005 to raise a fam­ily, along with other “pri­or­i­ties that pre­vented us from giv­ing it that 100 per­cent com­mit­ment”.

In the in­terim, though, he said the ti­tle was never far from his mind, even as he wrote Vertigo’s Young Liars and penned ti­tles like Ter­ror Inc. for Mar­vel and Kull for Dark Horse Comics.

“I’ve al­ways been, through the years of do­ing other works ... I’ve al­ways had this on my mind and ideas,” he said, de­cid­ing that the time was right for the re­turn and that Im­age would pub­lish the books.

“Over the years, since we stopped, we’ve had a lot of re­ally great of­fers from lots of com­pa­nies to do Stray Bul­lets and it just never clicked with us,” he said.

“Ob­vi­ously, (is­sue) #41 wraps up the things that were go­ing on ... and then, com­ing to Killers, there will some new themes and new ideas that are go­ing to start again,” he said, adding he wanted “to start fresh.” – AP

david Lapham’s StrayBul­lets is re­turn­ing to comic shelves in March 2014 with is­sue #41 to con­clude the se­ries.

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