Pretty Deadly: The Shrike. Vol.1

Kelly Sue DeConnick (Avengers Assemble, Captain Marvel) and
Emma Rios (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.
"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.
Rio's art is lush and detailed, and is more than capable of keeping up with the
far-reaching story." - PW

Reviews:Pepi Valderrama on dePepi wrote:

I must admit that I'm usually drawn to oddities. Sometimes it can be pretty deadly, and quite often it leads you to find treasures. Going to the comic book store is like entering the cave of wonders. I usually spend hours taking a look at comics in the hopes of finding something new. This weekend, my geek haul was great: Gweenpool, Vote Loki, a Star Wars Tsum Tsum, a Funko Pop and Pretty Deadly.

In the haul you'll see a creepy cover belonging to Pretty Deadly, a new type of comic. This is an odd trade that caught my eye when exploring all corners of the local comic book store. I was unable to point its genre nor the type of artwork. Is it a fantasy tale? A Western? Manga? What the hell is this? After much thought, I decided that I would define it as an American Spaghetti Manga. However, I fear this definition comes pretty short. It's a story that mixes fantasy elements with Western elements. The artwork is a mix of European comics and Japanese manga. And, to make things even more odd and interesting, the story does not follow the three-act structure that most modern comics do. I must say that Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma RĂ­os have bravely created a new compelling style for us to enjoy. Continue reading.


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