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It's Like Watching the Sunset. Pretty Deadly #1 Review

Written by Radd Roberson on Thursday, October 24 2013 and posted in Reviews

It's Like Watching the Sunset. Pretty Deadly #1 Review

DeConnick and Rios deliver the debut issue of their new Western/Fantasy title.

The debut issue of Pretty Deadly is finally here, and it's a great effort from Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios. This title is a blend of the western and fantasy genres, and they work surprisingly well together. The characters are immediately interesting and likeable, with the atmosphere feeling very refreshing and new. There's been a lot of buzz surrounding this title and it lives up to the hype.

First off, this book is ridiculously beautiful. Emma Rios does a great job of melding the fantasy and western aspects of the book together without letting either stand at the forefront. The colors are very fitting and pleasing to the eye, and much of the issue it's like watching a sunset, with bright yellows and pinks slowly transitioning into blacks accompanied by darker, muted colors. The change in colors is a great way of following the progression of the story in this first issue and had me begging for more.

Kelly Sue DeConnick has really piqued my interest with this first issue. I'm a sucker for westerns, and she has completely grasped the genre and turned it into something awesome with the fantasy aspect. The story opens with a folk tale about Deathface Ginny, and it's both narratively and artistically stunning. The choice of wording and the layout of the pages is superb. The rest of the issue is great as well, and I have zero to little complaints at this time.

I want to point out with the comic industry being very male-dominated, it's great to see such a big, buzzed about title, of such great quality, from the team of DeConnick and Rios. They're two very talented women and I think their work on this title is going to garner much attention and praise in the coming months.

Pretty Deadly's first issue is full of quality and promise. DeConnick and Rios have put together a stellar start to their series. This is a book everyone should pick up, because I think it's only going to get better as Pretty Deadly's world continues to open up.

Verdict: 9.5/10


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About the Author - Radd Roberson

Radd Roberson lives and works in Gainesville, FL. Yes, that's his real name. Stop asking. He's had a beard for as long as he can remember, because if not, he takes on the appearance of a small man child. He lives with two dogs, a dachshund and corgi (weakness for stubby little legs). He enjoys video games, football (especially the fantasy kind), and hockey, but most of all, comic books. Sweet, sweet comic books.

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