Monday, July 7, 2014
Comic Review: Pretty Deadly Vol. 1
The image on the cover is interesting. Flipping through, it has a Weird West mixed with Sci-Fi vibe. OK. Let’s give it a try. Alas, they can’t all be winners. Kelly Sue Deconnick’s Western (there’s no Science Fiction, it turns out) is a mishmash of humdrum Anime/Manga gags, tossed into a mixing pot and…well, no. It almost makes you think something good might have come out the other end, but it just gets worse. It’s just tired retreads presented in a tired way. And the cutesy crap with the butterfly and the bunny skeleton? What is this, a 1990s Vertigo comic?
The art ranges from blah to aggressively ugly. Some of the coloring is interesting, but without good pencils/inks to hang it on, who cares? It might have worked in a different comic, or one where the story really captured me. This ain’t it. The writing starts out fine, but becomes more, I don’t know, opaque(?), as the book progresses. And all the ideas feel like they came out of a dozen anime TV series from the 90s. And Deathface Ginny? Ugh. Why not give her an over-sized gun-sword to complete the stupid image?
Anyway, this is another one of those series I hear a lot of people saying good things about, and I just scratch my head. Shoddy writing, dull ideas handled in dull ways, ugly art. I wouldn’t recommend it. I will not be reading on.
Author: Kelly Sue Deconnick
Artist: Emma Rios
Publisher: Image Comics
-Matthew J. Constantine