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Pretty Deadly Vol 1: The Shrike Paperback – 15 May 2014

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics; 01 edition (15 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607069628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607069621
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's a perfect match for the gorgeous, dizzying artwork in a sumptuous palette-overlaid panels add intricate choreography to fight scenes, and detailed, whirling splash pages beg for long-lingering looks. Couple that, along with a handful of Eisner nominations, with a multicultural cast of tough-as-nails women who all fight for their own honor, and this is a series to watch out for." -Booklist
"It's ambitious and challenging (two qualities that are not often valued, but that probably should be), under a facade of violence and sacrifice. Rios's art is lush and detailed, and is more than capable of keeping up with the far-reaching story." - PW


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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 16 Aug. 2015
Format: Paperback
The story running through issues #1-5 of Image Comics' new fantasy series "Pretty Deadly" is collected as Pretty Deadly Volume 1 TP. I would have to agree with the other unfavourable reviews of this book, in that it looks good but the story and art can be confusing, and there are no characters that I particularly care about or can identify with. The setting is a sort of spaghetti-western Wild West, but with magical/mythic figures disguised as humans wandering about, and who have unimaginable powers that let them slaughter people apparently on a whim.

There is a potentially interesting mythological story playing out among the characters, which reaches a conclusion in this volume, so you get a complete story; though it appears that some of the characters will continue into subsequent adventures.

If another volume appears in my local library, I will read it, but it didn't engage me enough for me to go and hunt for the sequel.
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Yes! This is pretty funky awesome! A horror/mythology western. Very dark and Gothic with its theme of death. Absolutely brilliant art, especially the colours which amazed me, these palettes are unusual and perfectly moody and atmospheric. It starts out with orange/peach/browns, then blue/pinks/black then pinks/reds/black, etc. The story is set in some sort of American West world/dimension and centres around an original death story which takes elements from the Hades/Demeter/Persephone myth. It's by no means a retelling but just enough to use as a backbone. The characters are fantastic, and since this is about death and takes place for a good part in Hades, it is safe to say not everyone is alive by the end of the volume. There are "good" and "bad" guys, while some hover across that line but none is beyond redemption and I loved them all. This volume finishes with a finite ending and thus, when the end note prepares us for volume 2 we are left feeling as if we have just read the prequel to events yet to come. I'm left extremely eager to carry on with this series!
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This fantasy comic book is entertaining and well-constructed. It is the first in a series and engaging enough to want to know what ensues. It reminds me of the Sandman series and its spin-offs.

The plot centres around a group of characters including Death itself and the way that they interact. Secrets are revealed and relationships formed.

The artwork is very good and I enjoyed the story and format. I’d recommend this to any comic lover who enjoys Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and the fantasy format.

Enjoyable enough and I look forward to the next instalment.
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This book is very different to most of the others that I've read. I think the best way to describe it would be a western fairy tale. I don't want to say anything about the plot as I fear it would give away too much. The way the story is told can be confusing at times, mostly with the first two issues, but definitely becomes clearer as it goes on. By the end, the story is completely clear, although there are some threads still hanging which I'm sure will be explored in the next volume. Although, that said I think I enjoyed it most on the second read through. I liked all the characters but I definitely liked Sissy and Big Alice the most, I was captivated whenever they were on the page. I've read some of Kelly Sue's other work, most of which is very good. But for me, this is the best thing she has done.

The art in this book is insanely gorgeous! It's definitely some of the best art I have seen in a long time (and I read a lot of comics). The layouts are very interesting but still easy to navigate, which is something that is usually lost when trying to make something different like this. The fight scenes are especially amazing, they are the best fight scenes I have ever read in a comic, hands down. The attention to detail is also great, all of the butterflies must have taken a long time to draw. I haven't read any of Emma Rios' other comics, but I am definitely going to check them out after this. And although it's a part of the art in comics that is often overlooked, I have to say, the coloring in this book is just as good as the rest of it. It stands out much more so than it does in most other books I've read. So well done to Jordie Bellaire as well.

So overall, this is a great book and I would definitely recommend reading it. Especially if you're looking for something different to read, or just want to see beautiful art.
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Kelly Sue DeConnick writes an awesome script reminiscent of the wonderful storytelling The Sandman (Neil Gaiman) offered, and Emma Rios’ art is spectacular, combining the fantasy elements of the story with the Wild West in such a way as to make it come to life.

Such intriguing characters, and an introduction to what appears to be the main character of the series: Deathface Ginny. The story in vol. 1 is peppered with the mythos behind this world and I loved the slant it took on our mythology.

Eagerly awaiting the next volume.
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