Pretty Deadly 4 (January 2014)

Pretty deadly 04A real cast list. All I ask for is a real cast list. It’s got to make sense–and even I figured out the main girl’s destiny–but a cheat sheet would be so helpful. I probably could look online, couldn’t I?

But I like being off balance with Pretty Deadly. Something about Rios’s art makes discovering story connections, instead of worrying about them before reading, a more pleasing reading experience.

This issue might have DeConnick’s first tranquil scene in the series–Death talking to his love (more her talking to him). It’s a strange, beautiful, sad scene.

There’s also a big fight scene. Rios does fine with it, but it goes on way too long. Rios has a lyrical quality to her action, especially this fight–told mostly in long shots–and the horizontal panels get a wee long in the tooth.

DeConnick’s setting up for something rather big.

B+ 

CREDITS

Writer, Kelly Sue DeConnick; artist, Emma Rios; colorist, Jordie Bellaire; letterer, Clayton Cowles; editor, Sigrid Ellis; publisher, Image Comics.

One Comment

  1. Vernon wiley

    rare indeed is a book that I’ll read for four issues and still not have a good grasp on what’s going on, but here I don’t seem to mind. You’re right about the cast. it’d be nice to have a recap on the inside front cover at least. It’s absence doesn’t hurt, though. The genre of poetic, surreal western myths seems to have a lot of life left in it here.

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