Image Comics sent out a teaser this morning showing nothing but the Stray Bullets title logo along with Image's own logo, along with, somewhat unecesarily, the text "STRAY BULLETS." Stray Bullets was a hipster-accaimed David Lapham black and white crime comic that ran for 40 issues and was put on hold in 2005, though a short story appeared in a Dark Horse anthology in 2009. The series has won two Eisners.
It is unclear whether we'll be seeing new issues, reprints, or both, but according to a Newsarama interview helpfully excerpted on Wikipedia, Lapham has had plans to finish the series for some time:
NRAMA : I’ve got to ask, what is the status of El Capitan and Stray Bullets?
DAVID LAPHAM : It kills me to put Stray Bullets on hold like it’s been. Maria and I both put a lot of years and a lot of hard work into the company and the book. And I still have one issue left in the current arc, left dangling. But the reality the last few years has been that it’s faster and pays more to work freelance right now. The reality is I have a family and I can’t just say stop everything and let’s do Stray Bullets for love. I do love Bullets and know I will complete it, and the sooner the better, but I just can’t commit to anything firm.
Can't, David? Or won't? In any case, it appears to be a moot point.
It should be noted that the filename of the teaser image is STRAYBULLETS_Teaser-1, which could indicate we'll be seeing more of these. Maybe the next one will have a blue background, or a red one, or maybe even a gradient. We'll have to wait and see. Had I known there would be such a lucrative career in doodling words on plain backgrounds, I would have practiced drawing the Def Leppard logo on my pencil case more back in grammar school.
Image can pretty much do no wrong nowadays (as long as they keep Rob Liefeld away), and this should be just another notch in the belt. Stay tuned.