Pretty Deadly Volume 1: The Shrike (Paperback)
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This is such a cool graphic novel. I love when people combine western stories and supernatural stories, and this is a prime example of that. You’re immediately introduced to a compelling cast of characters including a frontiersman, a lost little girl, Death, and death’s daughter. This volume is a self-contained story, and much like an old television special, it appears that this series will follow these characters through different adventures in each issue. I loved the art style in this volume, and found myself scouring the pages for little details. Be aware, there are a few panels that feature sexually explicit content for those who’d rather avoid it.
-Jenna— From Jousting July Staff Picks
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 fa ade 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