When Lapham hits a storytelling stride it becomes one of the more compelling reads you can can enjoy in the dreck of modern comics.
Take his run on the shitty 30 Days franchise. Remember this is back in ‘08 when vampire boner season was in full swing. What does Lapham do? Takes stale genre tropes and makes it about the close/isolated relationships within urban dwellings, peppered with thoughtfully formed funny and dark characters. At its core it’s about the survival of evil, but successfully pulls you in to care about its deplorable protagonist.
Now he’s back on his Stray Bullets series. The nuances in language, character motivations, and conclusions proves again to be one of the better crime comics that combines interpersonal dynamics with a genuine sense of what not to expect next.
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