Pretty Deadly, Volume 1

Pretty Deadly, Volume 1

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by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Clayton Cowles
     
 

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Kelly Sue DeConnick (Avengers Assemble, Captain Marvel) and
Emma Rios (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…  See more details below

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Kelly Sue DeConnick (Avengers Assemble, Captain Marvel) and
Emma Rios (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.

"It's a perfect match for the gorgeous, dizzying artwork in a sumptuous palette-overlaid panels add intricate choreography to fight scenes, and detailed, whirling splash pages beg for long-lingering looks. Couple that, along with a handful of Eisner nominations, with a multicultural cast of tough-as-nails women who all fight for their own honor, and this is a series to watch out for." - Booklist

"It's ambitious and challenging (two qualities that are not often valued,
but that probably should be), under a façade of violence and sacrifice.
Rio's art is lush and detailed, and is more than capable of keeping up with the far-reaching story." - PW

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/26/2014
This mystic western is full of unusual images and portents. It requires patience and a willing imagination to appreciate, although the base elements—a mysterious, blind old man traveling with a girl with different colored eyes; a grizzled gunman ambushed in a whore’s bedroom; a vigilante woman become legend—are familiar enough. Others, like the rabbit skeleton narrating to a butterfly, are just odd. Ginny, the daughter of Death, anchors the fable, which is full of women driven as mothers and daughters. The whole thing is like a tarot card (imagery that is also used), providing suggestive images that must be interpreted. The book requires at least two readings: the first just to learn who everyone is, the second to understand what’s going on. It’s ambitious and challenging (two qualities that are not often valued, but that probably should be), under a facade of violence and sacrifice. Rios’s art is lush and detailed, and is more than capable of keeping up with the far-reaching story. (May)
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"It's a perfect match for the gorgeous, dizzying artwork in a sumptuous palette-overlaid panels add intricate choreography to fight scenes, and detailed, whirling splash pages beg for long-lingering looks. Couple that, along with a handful of Eisner nominations, with a multicultural cast of tough-as-nails women who all fight for their own honor, and this is a series to watch out for." -Booklist

"It's ambitious and challenging (two qualities that are not often valued, but that probably should be), under a facade of violence and sacrifice. Rios's art is lush and detailed, and is more than capable of keeping up with the far-reaching story." - PW

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607069621
Publisher:
Image Comics
Publication date:
05/13/2014
Pages:
120
Sales rank:
116,720
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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Pretty Deadly, Volume 1 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
InLibrisVeritas More than 1 year ago
Pretty Deadly is both bizarre and beautiful, and wholly unique. When I first started reading this I wasn’t really sure what to make of it. The art style wasn’t winning any points from me and I couldn’t quite figure out the story. I had so many questions; who is the little girl? why does she wear a vulture? who is the crazy lady? It does take a bit to start piecing everything together, but even without all of my questions answered it was still an addicting read and it kept getting better. The story features of number of characters but mostly focuses on the story of Death’s daughter, who becomes more and more active in the storyline as the story progresses. The story arc in this volume ties up rather nicely as well, which is fantastic if you only buy the trade paperbacks and not the issues. I really can’t wait to continue this one! I’m so curious to see what Ginny goes on to do next and how Sissy fares in her new role! Overall it’s a very solid start and I look forward to seeing where it takes me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written story, beautifully illustrated. I can't wait for more.