Dual Review: Pretty Deadly #2

There were mixed reviews for the first issue, but enough of us had a continued interest in Pretty Deadly that we came back for another dual review. Each of the writers/reviews of Comic Bastards will give the issue a score of: Buy, Borrow or Pass along with a short reason for the score. Here’s a blurb about the issue from Image before we begin: The Old West is steeped in violence and strange magic in this macabre tale from the team behind the cult-hit miniseries Osborn, KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (Captain Marvel) and EMMA RÍOS (Dr. Strange). Gunfighters have it out with swords as the whole world burns. There will be blood, blood, blood.

Dustin: BUY

Wow! I loved the first issue, but I loved this issue even more. After all the drama that surrounded this issue and all the mixed reviews, I totally see that it’s not for everyone. I know that not everyone gets it either and while I doubt that I could explain it 100% so that you could, I do get it. I get it and I love it. This book is fucking amazing and one of the best western comics I’ve read in ages. A character dies in this issue, but I’m hoping we see them again because I loved their character so damn much. Every line of dialogue was melted in my mouth as I read it.

Now disliking the art is something I don’t get and never will. Rios’ art gives me a toothache it’s so damn killer. I don’t know if it’s something you need to have an eye for, but when I look at the page it’s as if the frames are moving. My eye latches on to where it needs to go and travel’s from one direction to the next without so much as a pause.

I know that this series will continue to be a book of discussion and really I could care less as long as it continues to release. God I can’t wait until the next issue.


James: BUY

The first issue of Pretty Deadly hooked me. This second issue has begun to reel me in. The character of Ginny and the whole landscape that is this story is impressive, plus the artwork fits the title perfectly. It is “pretty deadly” using bright coloring of reds, yellows, and blacks, to convey an incredible amount of emotion in each panel. It oozes with intensity.

There is a “battle sequence” within the pages of this issue that is just plain awesome. Ginny proves herself in this issue and the “wild west” had better look out as this story continues in the coming months.  I have found the story easy to read and even the narration by our dead bunny skeleton I am beginning to get used to.  Issue #2 is a winner.

Score: BUY IT!

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: Emma Rios Publisher: Image Comics Price: $3.50 Release Date: 11/27/13