Pretty Deadly 2 review


Pretty Deadly 1 was, in terms of quality, the best comic I read last month. It somehow combined a western, a fairy tale, mythology, a mystery and poetry into one comic. There were so many layers of storytelling, and so much going on that you really had to read it more than once to understand anything. The more you read it, the clearer everything is. And yet there’s still a lot of mystery that had yet to be revealed.

Pretty Deadly 2 isn’t quite as good as the first issue, but that’s no fault of its own. It’s purely a continuation of the first issue, and thus you won’t fully appreciate it without reading the first. Even so, this comic also needs several readings to grasp what’s going on. Ginny, Death’s daughter, is revealed in full about half-way through. She isn’t much for words, which only makes her more mysterious and frightening. Most of the other characters from the first issue also appear, but their roles are reduced to make way for Ginny.

Death’s daughter is showcased in a marvellously brutal action scene that wouldn’t be out of place in an exploitation film. There’s decapitation, masochists intentionally slicing their own faces open, and a few particularly brutal panels that’ll either make you wince or giggle. It’s also where the art really shines, with a smooth sense of motion and good use of visual storytelling.  Outside of the action, there’s a lot of imagery and a number of visually interesting characters. Emma Rios’s art as plenty of creative uses of full page images with smaller panels in-between.

If there is a more unique comic on the market right now, I haven’t heard of it. Kelly Sue DeConnick is rocking this creator-owned series so far, and there’s still plenty of potential for it to get better. If you haven’t yet, do yourself a favour and give Pretty Deadly a shot. Not everyone will like this kind of storytelling, but those who do will be in for a treat.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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2 Responses to Pretty Deadly 2 review

  1. Pingback: Comics of November 27, 2013 | healed1337

  2. xmenxpert says:

    Such an amazing comic. Rios shines here. The action is fast-paced, hyper-kinetic, and brutal. The fight between Ginny and Alice is awesome to watch. And DeConnick provides some great writing, Alice’s dialogue making her even creepier.

    Best-looking book on the stands.


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