You’ve gotta wonder why one little murder in St. Louis, in 1895 — a guy shooting a guy in a bar — would unleash a flood of folk songs immortalizing the killer, a carriage driver whom some say was a pimp. But it did, and the legend lives on through recordings by everyone from Woody Guthrie to Professor Longhair to Tina Turner to Nick Cave. The latest addition to Stagger Lee (aka Stackolee, Stagolee, and Stag Lee) lore, this hefty graphic novel took writer McCulloch and artist Hendrix seven years to complete. Diving deep inside the heads of even minor characters, it’s so visually and verbally rich as to raise the bar for its genre. This is how good graphic novels can be — and it leaves others looking lazy by comparison.