Pretty Deadly Volume 1: The Shrike
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Pretty Deadly Volume 1: The Shrike

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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 facade 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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 165 x 254 x 15mm | 286g
  • Fullerton, United States
  • English
  • chiefly illustrations (colour)
  • 1607069628
  • 9781607069621
  • 19,138

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"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 facade of
violence and sacrifice. Rios's art is lush and detailed, and is more than
capable of keeping up with the far-reaching story." - PW
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Rating details

10,453 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
5 30% (3,128)
4 35% (3,706)
3 24% (2,507)
2 8% (813)
1 3% (299)

Our customer reviews

Yes! This is pretty funky awesome! A horror/mythology western. Very dark and Gothic with its theme of death. Absolutely brilliant art, especially the colours which amazed me, these palettes are unusual and perfectly moody and atmospheric. It starts out with orange/peach/browns, then blue/pinks/black then pinks/reds/black, etc. The story is set in some sort of American West world/dimension and centres around an original death story which takes elements from the Hades/Demeter/Persephone myth. It's by no means a retelling but just enough to use as a backbone. The characters are fantastic, and since this is about death and takes place for a good part in Hades, it is safe to say not everyone is alive by the end of the volume. There are "good" and "bad" guys, while some hover across that line but none is beyond redemption and I loved them all. This volume finishes with a finite ending and thus, when the end note prepares us for volume 2 we are left feeling as if we have just read the prequel to events yet to come. I'm left extremely eager to carry on with this series!show more
by Nicola Mansfield
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