Pretty Deadly, Volume 1
by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios
"KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (Avengers Assemble, Captain Marvel) and EMMA RÍOS (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."
Pretty Deadly is an interesting little comic. It started off a bit confusing to me. It begins with a butterfly and a rabbit skeleton narrating. They are telling the story of an old blind man named Fox who travels with a young girl, called Sissy, who has one brown eye and one blue eye. Sissy wears a cape made out of vulture feathers, complete with the head for a hood. There was a mysterious binder that a man named Coyote gave Sissy, and that had made Ginny, Death's daughter, chase after them. And all of that made me say, "Um...ok. What?" But stick with it.
The story takes on a very mythical quality. It is the story of Death and the woman he fell in love with, and the story of Death's daughter and her quest to kill the man who caused her mother's suicide. But the main story is the ending of Death and the rise of a new master. Visual metaphors abound here, and many little references to Native American mythologies are entwined throughout the story.
The artwork is pretty gorgeous. And although the story starts slow, by the end, I was completely enchanted. The book could work as a stand-alone, but the ending also leaves the possibility to go forward with Ginny and Sissy in a new storyline. And it seems that is the creators' intentions. A second volume is already planned.
So, this one will stay on my radar. I definitely want to see where it goes from here.