GRAPHIC NOVELS

Stray Bullets: Sunshine & Roses

Bk. 3: The Queen of Palm Court. Elcapitán: Image. 2018. 248p. ed. by Maria Lapham. ISBN 9781534309869. pap. $19.99. Rated: Mature. CRIME
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OrangeReviewStarAnnie tells everyone she's 26, but she's actually in her late 30s. She lives in the suburbs with her doting husband and two small children, all of whom she despises. Small-town life and a middle-class income is stifling, which is why she doesn't get too upset when a shopping mall security guard who catches her shoplifting recruits her to start dealing marijuana on his behalf. But Annie's got bigger, darker secrets than anyone could know. One is her ex, a vicious criminal named Paulo, and the other is her firstborn daughter, a young woman named Beth who, along with her friends, just stole a fortune from a dangerous mob boss and is hoping Annie's house might be a good place to lay low. What follows is violent, tragic, hilarious, shocking, and totally par the course for Lapham (Stray Bullets: Sunshine & Roses, Vol. 2), one of comics' best and most consistent creators.
VERDICT This is the latest in a series Lapham has produced on and off since 1995, and part of his brilliance as a storyteller is that every volume works as a great jumping-on point. So if you haven't already jumped on, you really should.

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