Pretty Deadly #4

Pretty Deadly #4

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: Emma Ros, Jordie Bellaire Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 22, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 4
8.9Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

Every Death must love and every Death must die; the cycle of world demands it. The one who captures our last breath must breathe his last before becoming inured to the pain of loss. This cycle is ending. But this Death... will not go easy.  

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 27, 2014

    In short, Pretty Deadly #4 continues the series' excellence, building myth and dramatic tension through sharp dialogue, great character work, and a weirdly/wonderfully ethereal writing ‘voice', all wrapped up in some truly beautiful art, earning 5 out of 5 stars overall. When I put this issue down, I went back and read #1 through #3 again, then this issue one more time, and I have come to the conclusion that this series is two creators who mesh perfectly, telling a story that they both want to do justice to. Don't be put off by the lack of super-dupers or the implications that it's a “western”, Pretty Deadly is more than just the sum of its parts, and it's a story that I highly recommend to anyone who likes their comics smart, complex and well-drawn. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Jan 22, 2014

    PRETTY DEADLY debuted strong, and it's only getting stronger by the issue. Exceptional art by Rios and Bellaire sweeps us further into DeConnick's intriguing story of fear, power, and regret. The cast is wild and interesting, and Death vs. Sissy (and vs. Mason, and possibly vs. Ginny, who is also vs. Aliceyou get the picture) promises several rollicking issues' worth of action, magic, and sweet revenge. PRETTY DEADLY is an absolute must-pull, and one of the most outstanding titles out right now. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - superiorchris Jan 26, 2014

    DeConnick delivers another hit issue. This issue was full of emotions and actions to keep all kinds of readers satisfied. Rios and Bellaire are a formidable art team. The pages are detailed and dynamic that they can steal your breath away. This is a can't miss series and this issue will leave you wanting more. Buy this issue now! and pre-order the future ones at your local comic shop. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Mike Okeke Jan 24, 2014

    Pretty Deadly #4 is a game changer. While many creators would of decompressed the story for several more issues Deconnick, Rios & Bellaire obviously havemachinations of a much larger scale. For this plot so far to only be the beginning of the ballad of Deathface Ginny is a mark of an award winning and memorable comic book series. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Jan 24, 2014

    This is an exciting book. Theres a strange energy DeConnick and Rios seem to capture every month for twenty-four pages. Pretty Deadly brings together a number of unrelated influences into a damn good book, and its gotten me pumped for the big climax. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jimbus_Christ Jan 22, 2014

    The supernatural elements concoct this unique stew in the western world that cooks to perfection in this issue. Everything is tightly crafted. Deconnick and Rios always knew where the story was going, they just werent afraid to take the time necessary to get there on their own terms. Its a brave method of storytelling in this ADD second screen infused world. This book is beautiful, heart wrenching, and action packed in all the right ways. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Feb 12, 2014

    This is beautiful thing. The old saying is; you only get one true love. Thats bullshit. And Pretty Deadly defies that statement with truth. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Samantha Cross Jan 23, 2014

    The mythology of Pretty Deadly grows deeper with each issue as Kelly Sue DeConnick takes the foreboding and, at times, unforgiving world of the Western frontier and turns it into a foreign landscape where magic is real, rivers of blood converge and Death awaits, literally and figuratively, for the souls of the damned to return. DeConnick, however, isn't content to make her stories simplistic. She challenges the reader to think, using the opening exchange between Butterfly and Bunny to set the tone. Their metaphorical discussions are beautifully reinforced by the main narrative as DeConnick challenges the reader further by drawing out sympathy for characters who, under the purview of any other writer, would lack sympathy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Cal Cleary Jan 26, 2014

    Pretty Deadly is just flat-out good comics. Given time, it could easily become great comics. Kelly Sue DeConnick has always been a talented writer, butPretty Deadly is like nothing else she's done, and along with excellent work from Emma Rios and Jordie Bellaire, she's making something special here. Pretty Deadly#4 lacks the gutpunch originality of the series' debut and the surprising, sure-footed clarity of the third issue, but don't let that fool you: This is yet another excellent issue of a series you should absolutely be reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jan 24, 2014

    DeConnick's vision of Death and his daughters is a compelling one, and the question of Sissy's role in the grand scheme of things presents an interesting plot twist most readers will not see coming. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Jan 27, 2014

    We seem to be approaching the end of the first arc of this book and now that the path is clearer, I feel like I'm on better footing as a passive consumer. There were times during issues 1-3 that I was concerned the plot would become a leaning tower of mysteries that would collapse under its own weight and I'm happy to report that isn't the case. DeConnick, Rios and company still have to stick the landing as our protagonists face down death itself, but with each issue of this book I am cheering them on more and more to get the job done. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Jan 21, 2014

    Artistically this book strikes all the right chords in both the writing and the art but for some I'm sure it's a bit overwhelming. Pretty Deadly isn't a title that you blow through rapidly because of the dense nature of the storytelling. It may be off-putting to some but it's still a damn good book overall. I was left more confused than normal with issue #4 but it's worth reading more than once. This is a comic book that raises the standard for both reading and art and what we've come to expect but DeConnick is setting herself up for a place among some of the best abstract storytellers in the business. Pretty Deadly proves she's willing to make the reader work for their supper but it's worth the effort. Read Full Review

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