Review: Pretty Deadly Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Posted January 25, 2017 by Jessica in Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Jessica, Reviews / 5 Comments

Review: Pretty Deadly Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Pretty Deadly Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Published by Image Comics
Published on: April 30 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Pages: 120
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (Avengers Assemble, Captain Marvel) and EMMA RÍOS (Dr. Strange, Osborn) present the collected opening arc of their surprise-hit series that marries the magical realism of Sandman with the western brutality of Preacher. Death's daughter rides the wind on a horse made of smoke and her face bears the skull marks of her father. Her origin story is a tale of retribution as beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage.

There’s a special kind of chaos that went into the creation of PRETTY DEADLY.


The installments begin from the POV of a bunny and a butterfly, told fable-style, but as the main characters are human, there’s a significance to our animal narrators that isn’t immediately understood. I say “understood” b/c there’s a lot that is never explained, just implied.


Combine that with the maelstrom of images you’re bombarded with as the violence escalates, and . . . like I said, chaos.

That’s not to say I didn’t like this collection of the first five PRETTY DEADLY episodes, I absolutely did. I maybe even loved it.

The story woven through each installment had the feel of a folk tale, but it was one I’d never heard before: a man wed a beautiful woman, and overcome with fear of losing her to another, he built a tower to keep in. She swore she’d die if he locked her away, and that’s what she did . . . But not before Death fell in love with her too.


After that things get interesting.


And when the art wasn’t making my eyes twitch (b/c overwhelming), it was beautiful . . . but sometimes also disturbing . . . Pretty . . . Deadly . . . I see what you did there . . .


Basically, it’s a new fairy tale set in Wild West with gorgeous artwork, AND it’s clever to boot. What’s not to like? Highly recommended.

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My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.



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