Counting down the Top 100 comics of the year
25. Pretty Deadly
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Drawn by Emma Rios
Published by Image Comics
Although 'Pretty Deadly' is only three issues in, it has already proved itself to be one of the most stunning, intricate books of the year. With sophisticated plotting and naturalistic dialogue, Kelly Sue DeConnick's every move feels deliberate and calculated and the payoff is already starting to show. Emma Rios rocks on art with gorgeous character designs and cinematic layouts, ultimately giving the book its distinct, legendary feel. Together, DeConnick and Rios have a breathtaking, goosebump-inducing masterpiece on their hands.
-- CBR Reviewer Meagan Damore
It's astounding how lyrical and how charmingly dark this book is. Emma Ríos & Kelly Sue DeConnick, along with colorist Jordie Bellaire and letterist Clayton Clowes sing a song of death and beauty, of mysticism and brutality. The book feels like a story being told in an old dive found in some forgotten corner in Mexico, the words softly spoken through a haze of tequila and smoke and just a little bit of blood. 'Pretty Deadly' is palpable on every level, it scratches all the literary itches: it's Western, it's Fantasy, it's Revenge. It's a song I don't ever want to end, a song that haunts me. It is the best book Image has put out this year, and these four creators are the band I want playing when Ginny comes riding for us all.
-- CBR Contributor Ryan Burton