Pretty Deadly - Volume #1: Or The Weird West Goes Goth

Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1 - Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Ríos, Jordie Bellaire

I originally picked this one up because I thought the art style, particularly the color pallet, was really eye catching. It's a gorgeous book. There was obviously a lot of thought put into which colors they were going to use, as well as repeating visual motifs. The character design is also interesting, and it was nice to see some variety in representation. I enjoy Weird West settings, and this was no exception. There was plenty that made it feel unique while keeping it tonally consistent. Overall the story has the sort of feel of a myth, passed down orally through generations, which also fits with the setting. All in all its well done. So then why didn't I love it?


I think where this one slipped a bit in my enjoyment was a lack of characterization. There is more time spent on action scenes than there is exploring who these people are. I'm not sure how to feel about any of them, which makes it difficult to feel much when they start getting into elaborate fights. My investment was low, even when I could tell it was supposed to be otherwise. If the series works forward from here to develop these people then I can forgive this as a consequence of telling an origin story. The problem is, this doesn't feel like an origin story - it feels like a myth. And in that regard it succeeds quite well. I'm curious to see how this one progresses, but it won't be at the top of my Must Have list.