Pretty Deadly #3

Pretty Deadly #3

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: Jordie Bellaire, Emma Ros Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 18, 2013 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 5
8.5Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

All blood spilled into the earth makes its way to a river. Where those rivers meet, Fox attends the birth of a beast, the child of a thousand violent deaths.

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Lawrence Arboleda Dec 20, 2013

    I'm keen on finding out more about the characters and seeing how it will all play out in the end in light of what has been revealed so far. Pretty Deadly, in just three issues, is turning out to be a masterpiece. It's beautiful in its complexity and magical in its telling. The sheer ambition which the creators have poured into this comic is quite evident, and so far all the risks they have taken are paying off in a big way. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GoCollect - @thejedster Jan 2, 2014

    I really cant emphasize enough how masterful this book is turning out to be and how you need to be reading this title. Theres a lot of depth thats waiting to be explored and Im certain DeConnick has more tricks up her sleeves that will undoubtedly surprise and shock us. This book is too good to ignore. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - superiorchris Dec 19, 2013

    DeConnick is a masterful writer in her creator own series. This series is chilling, compelling, and adventurous. She has intertwined the characters with the perfect balance. Rios and Bellaire are the best team up to happen since peanut butter and jelly. We know how successful that has turned out. If you are looking for an Eisner type series then Team Pretty Deadly has you covered. A must buy issue this week! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Dec 25, 2013

    Deep story telling is hard to pull off as we the audience continue to evolve towards more truncated and abbreviated forms of entertainment and communication. Over-arching stories are easier revealed while binge-watching TV shows, or taking an entire run of comics to a cabin to read through for a few days. We struggle to make time for entertainment that has substance and real return value. Pretty Deadly will be a book I collect and take up to a mountain cabin or on a long cruise and savor over long periods. And this is only after three issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Ryan Lagerstrom Dec 27, 2013

    I've gushed quite a bit about this issue and this series in general, but I don't think I would quite call it a perfect issue. There is a lot going on at once. The series has been juggling a myriad of plots and character narratives ever since issue one, and though it's been able to keep them all in the air coherently, it feels as though one small misstep could cause the whole thing to come tumbling down into an incoherent mess. I suppose if DeConnick and Rios are able to stick the landing to the end of this first arc, they'll have succeeded in keeping it all together. Here's hoping they do, because I love the crap out of this book and eagerly look forward to more High-Fantasy-Western-Mythology goodness! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Mike Okeke Dec 21, 2013

    Pretty Deadly #3 might not be the balls out action of the last issue but it pushes the story forward and reveals some excellent character relationships which will be the driving force behind the action yet to come. The mystery surrounding the extent of the truth behind the stories told by Sissy and others is a mighty great hook to keep most reading, and if all else fails, don't bother to read the words, just consume the glorious artwork by arguably the best in the industry. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Melissa Grey Dec 19, 2013

    The cycles of life, death, loss, and discovery are played out through this spectral assortment of damaged souls, and the book's visuals capture that sense of ephemeral doom. Rios' art conjures a delicate sort of beauty from darkness both literal and metaphorical, while Jordie Bellaire's colors bestow even the bloodiest of events with a vicious, violent elegance. It's rare to see the type of ambition behind a book such as this so artfully executed, but the creators behind Pretty Deadly have concocted an epic that demands to be read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Dec 20, 2013

    “Pretty Deadly” isn't going to be for everyone, but it's something everyone should try on for size. The story is just starting to coalesce into something with real meat and coherence to it, and it's quite satisfying to see it come together. DeConnick and Rios are too damn talented to have expected anything else. Regardless, it's still a pretty elusive story right now, so be aware of that. If nothing else, “Pretty Deadly” accomplishes something that we should all strive for in our creative endeavors: a glorious sense of creative freedom. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 26, 2013

    These have all the makings of rather high drama, which isn't something you get from your typical western, but this isn't your typical western. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Culture Mass - Stephen Wilds Dec 20, 2013

    The train of awesome that is Pretty Deadly rolls on with more tales and some great and scary imagery. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Dec 19, 2013

    Rios and Bellaire continue to create a mix of haunting and evocative visuals from beginning to end. It's still not the most easily digestible series, but that's not a bad thing. It may simply be a case where readers will benefit from waiting to experience the work as a whole versus the serialized nature in which it is currently being published. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Dec 20, 2013

    Pretty Deadly is another great issue. Its a chilling read, with dark imagery and imagination to spare. With the book rapidly reaching the end of its first arc, its difficult to say where exactly its going. Wherever it may end up, it is certainly well worth the ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jimbus_Christ Dec 18, 2013

    I have a feeling that Deconnick and Rios have a masterpiece on their hands. The gamble with the narrative in the first couple issues has now seemingly paid off to create a more coherent story that is in line with the beautiful art. Now, the final two chapters of the first arc will hopefully continue the threads sewn here to create an even more coherent sense of the journey. There are still characters I lust to know more about, and the world seems ripe with elements I have yet to experience. Show me more, tell me more, and teach me more. Im absolutely loving it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Dec 17, 2013

    This is the issue that really brings all of the elements introduced in the previous ones together and shapes this story out while revealing most of the characters roles. At this point there does seem like a pattern that Pretty Deadly gets better with each issue. As the story continues on, the creators divulge more and slowly lure us readers deeper into this dark and stunning series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Dec 23, 2013

    I'm far more hooked on the series now. If my understanding of the world can continue to grow deeper this way, I'm sure I'll only become more and more impressed. Adding a more knowable story to its involving atmosphere, Issue #3 has taken "Pretty Deadly" from interesting to compelling. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Dec 21, 2013

    Pretty Deadly #3 is a troubling issue. It maintains problems the previous issue had with its narrative, lacked in character, and it maintaining its vagueness. While it did try to clear some things up again and the art did look great, it just did not come out looking good this time around. Maybe next time. Read Full Review

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