Pretty Deadly

Here we go! 4/100! Do be aware that I spoil things so if you have any plans of reading this book YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Title: Pretty Deadly Vol. 1
Author: Kelly Sue Decinnick, Emma Rios, Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles

I return to my comic book journey with the first volume of Pretty Deadly. I have to say right off the bat that I love the art, and most especially the character designs. The visual aspect of the volume is on point. Deathface Ginny and Sissy are my two favorite character designs. It was refreshing to have a badass female character who is not traditionally beautiful, but is sublime and imperfect. I really liked the skull aspect to her features. I also appreciated that the characters sustain and retain injuries.

The story is a delightful blending of Greek mythology (Orpheus and Eurydice, Hades and Persephone) and fairy tales (Rapunzel) with an old Western setting. I am not in love with the vehicle of the story (a rabbit skeleton as narrator and a butterfly as audience). It grated on me and I would have preferred a straight telling, but the choice makes sense and works. There was a lot of set up in this novel that was left unexplained and I can only hope it is all laid out in later volumes.

For the most part the plot was easily accessible, although it got a bit murky by the end and I was left a little intrigued, but mostly confused. The climax and conclusion felt rushed.

I would definitely recommend this book to people looking for non-Marvel, non-DC type comics that are still action-filled and interesting. Once I work through a few more books on my shelves I will probably go buy volume two.

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