Pretty Deadly

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Pretty Deadly Volume 1 by Kelly Sue Deconnick, and illustrated by Emma Rios, Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles.

Kelly Sue Deconnick Emma Rios Pretty Deadly

This collection of the initial issues of Pretty Deadly is a good read, with lots of sex, violence, and numinosity, set in the Old West. The storytelling is inventive, and on the mythic level which is central to the narrative, it deals with the ruler of the Land of the Dead, and issues surrounding that character’s affines, other relations, and succession of office. The art is loose and dynamic, with a muted palette — very different than superheroic four-color.

Although the story ends with a momentous climax, and it seems to conclude a reasonably full plot, it may be intended as simply an “origin” scene-setting for a continuing series. [via]