Sample art from Pretty Deadly #1
The decision to buy single issue or trade has never been as difficult as it is with Pretty Deadly. It feels like I’m Sophie deciding what’s more important narrative or art. The reason I say this is with the issues you get the amazing wrap around covers created by Emma Rios. Although the Trade does have these it is two sides of the same sheet and not a splash page and that does decrease its impact somewhat. On the flip side the story is one that is best consumed in relatively few sittings. I found with the issues I would need to keep rereading the previous instalment in order to get back up to speed with the story. Although this is fun it meant my first issue is now looking very sorry for itself. The trade though eliminates that need as everything is in one volume. So there you are both sides of the argument however you could do as I have and buy both but that is your choice.
Now for the reason this is a book you should buy in the first place.
As you open up the first few pages you are gently taken by the hand and enticed into what is seemingly a gentile story about a bunny and a butterfly. Then the creation team of DeConnick, Rios and Bellaire grab you by the throat and drag you into one of the richest experiences you can have in comics. One word of caution Pretty Deadly is not an easy read you have to have your wits about you as read and get deeper into the tale.
When this story was first previewed I was enticed by the idea of Deaths daughter (Ginny) riding through the Old West taking undeserving souls down to the pits of hell, this however is not as straightforward as it seems. We spend the majority of time with other players in the tale, it gives Ginny more impact though as she is not the central focus. The intriguing part however is how her backstory is created throughout the issues and as it evolves so does your understanding of the characters in play.
The art of Emma Rios is very natural even for a story with a supernatural twist. Her character models are true to life and varied. Ginny herself is extremely thin but we also get to women who are a lot shapelier. This goes for the men to as we get to see everything from eye sockets to genitalia. However when she needs to pull out some art from the darker places of her mind she does a superb job. The addition of colour by Jordie Bellaire gives the pages an almost supernatural feel which is slightly at odds with Rios’s art. I do however love this contrast as it helps to make a bold statement on almost every page.
Pretty Deadly is a great series and the trade helps make the narrative easier to follow however I do miss the wrap around covers of the singles. If you like a deep and intriguing story then pick this series up in trade or singles and you will not be disappointed either way. One word of warning though this book does spoon feed in any way shape or form.
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