“Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike” by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios

“Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike” by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma RiosPretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Ríos
Series: Pretty Deadly #1
Published: May 13th 2014 by Image Comics
Genres: Graphic Novels, Western
Pages: 120
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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I’ve been on a graphic novels kick lately, and absolutely devoured the first volume of Pretty Deadly.

Pretty Deadly is a western with a mythic fiction vibe. It’s also tricky to characterize, because the art and storytelling can both be a little confusing at times, especially with such a complex story. But at its core, there is a song, a ballad, about Death’s daughter. And Deaths’ daughter’s story arc is the melody that resonates through all of the different storylines. And the narrators of each issues are animal spirits who live in the desert, including a skeleton bunny. SKELETON BUNNY! AAAAAH!

The musicality of this volume was beautiful, and the art was gorgeous. I adored it, even though I often found myself flipping back to previous pages or rereading in order to try to piece together what was going on. When I read Lady Killer a few weeks back, I mused that it wasn’t really a comic that required a lot of thought. Pretty Deadly errs on the opposite side, so you’ll want to read it when you’re in a thinking mood. And it’s probably not for everyone–it’s kind of the equivalent of the movies Donnie Darko or Garden State, in that it’s really good but also a little pretentious. It also probably comes the closest thus far in my quest for a Monstress read-alike.

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