Written by Luke Anthony
and Frank Miller
on Friday, January 24 2014 and posted in Reviews
East of West > Pretty Deadly = The Prestige > The Illusionist
Source: Image Comics
I have a problem with Pretty Deadly. It’s like the Lord of the Rings movies. You remember those? Of course you do, because if you don't, we have a problem. Now, when I saw Fellowship of the Ring for the first time, I thought it was great, but I hadn't experienced anything quite like it in all my 15 years. I decided to see it a second time. It was even better than the first. I understood more of the plot line and the depth of the characters. But I wanted to understand all of it, so I watched it again and again and again. I watched that movie 11 times that year. Eleven. It was a problem.
This is the same problem I have with Pretty Deadly. No intentional comic pun here, but this is a real issue. I keep reading it over and over and getting more out of it. Maybe LOTR isn’t the best analogy. For me, it reminds me of Mission Impossible. At first I was kind of confused as to what happened, but after I revisited it a few times, I caught on to it’s complexity.
Even the personal prose by Kelly Sue DeConnick at the end of each issue is incredible. I’ll be honest, I didn’t like the art at first. I’m sorry I had to say that. If you’ve read any of it yet, you know what I mean. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful, but some frames are too small to distinguish what’s really happening on an iPad. So I bought a couple issues. Upon further understanding of the series, I can pick the scene apart better. Emma Rios threw me at first, but now she’s earned a big fan. Without Jordie Bellaire on the colors, I’m not sure this Western Fantasy would have the same feel. There’s so much depth to get into, I can only scratch the surface.
So after we learn the truth about Sissy & her relationship to Fox, the plot thickened in issue #3. Sissy is the spawn of a thousand violent deaths. Her father was Violence and her mother was Grief. She has an incredible role to fill after the conclusion of the first arc it would seem. So I’m incredibly eager to see what happens in issue #5 because their about to meet Death face to face.
Bottom line, if you like East of West for it’s Western Sci-fi nature, you’ll love Pretty Deadly for it’s Western Fantasy blend. Hell, you might appreciate it more. A butterfly and a dead bunny are telling the story, so how much more out-of-the-box can you get for starting a new series? Plus, it’s the incredible Kelly Sue DeConnick. Did you know she’s married to Matt Fraction? Ya. I’m pretty sure that’s a magical marriage, like if Shaggy married Velma. Just saying. I'm not saying I'm crushing on her, I'm just saying she sounds fuckin' awesome.
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About the Author - LukeAnthony
When Luke isn't writing reviews, he's writing manuals (occupation), original comics (vocation), children's books, or music (recreation). As a lover of all things high-concept, sci-fi, and/or philosophical, comics found their way into his life only a few years ago, at the ripe age of 26. It was V for Vendetta & Watchmen that led to his pathological media consumption rebirth of 2012. Ever since then, he found himself happier, more child-like, a tad bit smarter, and a much better liar. True to Outhouser gospel, he believes humor, like water, must be present in all things. If it's not, it's too dry & sucks the life out. Sarcasm, the salty demeanor of the South, frightened this idealist in youth, but is now the occasional spice used in his well seasoned personality. He sold all he had to leave his old world behind (cars, house, belongings) & become a full-time traveler across the US of A, a decision that altered his inner world as much as his outer one. If it has humor, depth, spiritual significance, and/or technicality and in that order, then consider it on this briny dude's shelf and up for review. Favorite on-going series include Black Science and Saga. This light, but deep fellow can be found on Facebook and/or Twitter.
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