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Pretty Deadly. Volume 1, The Shrike

DeConnick, Kelly Sue. Graphic Novel - 2014 None on shelf 2 requests on 0 copies Community Rating: 4.8 out of 5

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Presents the collecting opening arc of author's series that marries the magical realism of Sandman with the western brutality of Preacher. This book tells a tale of retribution as beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage.


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pretty amazing submitted by allison on June 13, 2014, 10:53am First up: never fear, this collection is a complete story arc, so if you hate cliffhangers and unresolved storylines, you're safe. Next: I am not even sure how to describe this. The storytelling is lush, complex, and simultaneously works on very human and vastly epic scales. It's the story of Deathface Ginny, Death's daughter - but it's far more than that. It's about her mother redressing the ongoing injustices committed against her; it's about Death himself, corrupted by power & privilege, unable to see how he's gone wrong; it's about bunny and butterfly; it's about redemption and cold, careful anger. It's about how stories shape us, and how we shape stories. DeConnick's writing is amazing, of course - but Rios' art is so perfectly suited to the story that I have a hard time imagining it drawn by anyone else. This is dark and hopeful and sweet and despairing. Also, the combination of framing story, narration, a relatively large cast of main characters, and worldbuilding means the story isn't immediately transparent - hold on and keep reading. Immensely satisfying, and I can't wait for what DeConnick & Rios come up with next.

Great volume submitted by asopijw65 on August 16, 2016, 2:15am Great volume! Beautiful art. Really hope the library gets Vol 2 soon!

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Berkeley, CA: Image Comics, 2014.
Year Published: 2014
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations; 26 cm.
Language: English
Format: Graphic Novel


DeConnick, Kelly Sue.
Rios, Emma.
Bellaire, Jordie.

Revenge -- Fiction.
Graphic novels.