Toxicnotebook Recommends: Pretty Deadly
"I was afraid, Butterfly. For a moment"
Little heterochromatic Sissy and her guardian, the blind Fox, travel through canyons and frontier towns telling the mythical tale of death-faced Ginny, a vengeance reaper who has a personal score to settle—with Fox. When Sissy finds out, she demands to know the rest of the story of death-faced Ginny, but she gets far more than she bargained for.(Booklist)
Pretty Deadly is a dark western fairytale written by Kelly Sue Deconnick and gorgeously drawn by Emma Rios. The story follows traveling performers Fox and Sissy as they flee from Deathface Ginny, Death’s daughter. As Sissy learns more about Ginny and Fox’s shared past, she realizes her fate is intertwined with Ginny’s more than she would like.
Despite the fact there is only one volume out, Pretty Deadly is my favorite comic on the stands right now. The dark, fantastical plot coupled with the lush artwork (I’ll be frank, Rios takes her craft to a whole new level in this series) makes this a comic you cannot miss. It’s currently on hiatus (although I think it might be coming back soon?), so it’s super easy to catch up!
Completed: No (On Hiatus)
Level of Violence: Moderate to High
Number of sublime-looking pages: Too many to count, and while we’re on the subject I want a poster of Death’s domain.
For fans of: Sandman (Neil Gaiman in general tbh), Terri Windling (both her novels and her anthologies, especially the ones she did with Ellen Datlow), Charles de Lint, Tanith Lee, Sunshine, Holes, Blood Tea & Red String, A Tale of Two Sisters, Mercedes Lackey, The Clarence Principle, Nightmares & Fairy Tales (possibly), Devil’s Rose, dark fairytales & southwestern gothic in general.
Where to buy: Comixology: here; Amazon: Here; BN: Here.
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