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Pretty Deadly Volume 1: The Shrike av Kelly…
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Pretty Deadly Volume 1: The Shrike (utgåvan 2014)

av Kelly Sue DeConnick (Författare), Emma Rios (Artist), Jordie Bellair (Artist)

Serier: Pretty Deadly (1-5)

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Presents the collecting opening arc of author's series that marries the magical realism of Sandman with the western brutality of Preacher. This book tells a tale of retribution as beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage.
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Titel:Pretty Deadly Volume 1: The Shrike
Författare:Kelly Sue DeConnick (Författare)
Andra författare:Emma Rios (Artist), Jordie Bellair (Artist)
Info:Image Comics (2014), Edition: 1st, 120 pages
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Full disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Net Galley.

Pretty Deadly was my first exposure to “weird western”, a genre I knew existed but had never read. Things first get weird when we meet the narrators - a butterfly and a dead rabbit – and that’s only a taste of what’s to come. This first volume focuses on the adventures of Sissy, a girl wearing a vulture cloak, and Fox, an old blind gunman who sees more than you might think.

Fox and Sissy make ends meet by traveling from town to town telling the story of the Mason and his wife, Beauty, who he locked up in a stone tower. When Beauty despaired of her prison, she asked Death to come for her and take her away, but when he arrived, Death fell in love, and their union produced a baby.

That baby grew into Deathface Ginny, a relentless killer who comes to the aid of those in trouble if they sing her song. Needless to say, it isn’t long before Fox and Sissy are on the run from another killer named Big Alice and one of their friends summons Deathface Ginny. This results in a sword fight in the desert between the two women, one of whom has a skull tattooed on her face. It turns out that Fox and Sissy are on the run because there is more to Sissy than meets the eye, and all the players soon converge in a series of bloody gun and sword battles that lead them right up to Death’s door.

In some ways, Pretty Deadly reminded me of The Sandman’s penchant for dark supernatural stories set in the intersection between myth and reality. However, the characters were a bit flat, and I had a hard time keeping all of their motivations straight. Part of the reason for this is that the book feels overstuffed; we’re introduced to a decently large cast of characters in a very short amount of time, and none of them are given much depth. The pacing felt rushed, and the story relied more on bloody mayhem than genuine character moments.

Also, this volume reads like a fairly complete story arc. I’m not sure where the next book might go from here, and I’m also not sure who the viewpoint character(s) will be. The last page implies that Deathface Ginny will be the focus of the next volume, but that feels like an odd choice, simply because we spend more time with Fox and Sissy. So far, Deathface Ginny is nothing but a one-note killer with supernatural origins, and I can’t see myself being invested in a story with her as the focus. However, I suppose it’s also possible that the author will use Ginny as a gateway character into stories about other characters, much like Dream wasn’t necessarily the main character of The Sandman for its entire run.

Ultimately, I wasn’t drawn into the world of Pretty Deadly, and I probably won’t pick up future volumes. ( )
  unsquare | Feb 16, 2021 |
Pretty Deadly (Volume 1), written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, art by Emma Rios, feels unlike just about anything I’ve encountered in my slow steps into the world of comics. The story appears to be set in the American West, but it’s a far cry from the tone or structure of a cowboy Western. Instead, Pretty Deadly has the feel of a folk tale put to print, blurring the ‘real world’ with the supernatural, poetry and history, creating a world almost like that of Homer’s Odyssey in its magic. I’d do a disservice trying to summarize such a plot, and this review will be almost criminally vague.

I actually don’t think either the cover art nor the title do justice to what kind of an experience Pretty Deadly is. It’s not sleek, coy, “pretty”, punny. The character feels like they don’t belong to this world. Some of the cast are outright supernatural, but even the mortals feel like they have a foot across the threshold of mythology. The early chapters of The Silmarillion might be the closest parallel. Every conversation is layered with allegorical meaning, most of the actions affect more than their literal representation. It deserves (and probably requires) to be re-read.

And rarely have I felt that an art style more perfectly compliments a story. Emma Rios does an outstanding job blurring the real world with the mythological or supernatural, above all with the feathered vulture cloak of Sissy. Aesthetically, it’s a beautiful mix of conventional Western aesthetics (gunfights, brothels, frontier towns, the American Southwest) with something more haunting, reminiscent of the skeletal iconography of Santa Muerte. The action sequences (particularly anything with swords) are sanguine beauties, and the blue/orange color palette is superb. Got “A Girl Named Tex” stuck in my mind, which seemed to fit the mood. ( )
  pvoberstein | Dec 14, 2020 |
This is a very odd book, with a twisty storytelling style. I had to re-read a few parts, but I think it was worth it in the end because I found myself thinking the story over long after I'd closed the covers. Plus, good art! ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
I didn't know what to expect going into Pretty Deadly. I just knew that a lot of people whose book recommendations I respect had recommended the series and raved about it. I can definitely see where they are coming from. It's very unique. The artwork is very unique and "artsy." It features some very strong women and has a unique storyline. I am definitely enchanted enough to keep following the story and see what happens. ( )
  melrailey | Apr 7, 2020 |
Gorgeous artwork but the story is confusing. I feel like it takes you in circles. As soon as something becomes understandable, the story loops around to a different character.

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  DestDest | Jan 4, 2020 |
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Författarens namnRollTyp av författareVerk?Status
Kelly Sue DeConnickprimär författarealla utgåvorberäknat
Ríos, EmmaIllustratörhuvudförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Bellaire, JordieColoristmedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Cowles, ClaytonLetterermedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Ellis, SigridRedaktörmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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Presents the collecting opening arc of author's series that marries the magical realism of Sandman with the western brutality of Preacher. This book tells a tale of retribution as beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage.

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