I have been waiting for the return of this comics for MONTHS. I thought it was going to drop back in the summer, and when that didn’t happen, I worried that plans had changed to continue the magnificent tale. Yet I was confident that Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios would not let these characters or their stories be so easily silenced.

After reading issue #6, I am more in love now with the series than I was before. It was akin to meeting that dear old friend that you rarely get to see or talk to, but the minute you are in the same room together it’s like no time has passed at all. I was instantly familiar with old characters and excited to meet and begin to learn the tales of new ones. I am also eager to see how old and new will come to meet and the types of relationships they will build, or destroy.

So before going more in-depth with the comic, I want to spend a second discussing yet another wonderful, wrap around cover by Emma Rios. The image is unnerving, and the color palette is simple yet lends itself well to shock and mystery.

 

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The horse, with ribs literally showing, and his rider stand amid hands reaching out of the swamp as if beckoning the rider to stop and stay a while, or perhaps they wish for the rider to join them in their new home. The scene is clearly one of death and desolation where no living thing belongs.

The cover, unlike so many in today’s comics, sets the scene for what’s to come inside the comic. Death. If you are familiar with the first story arc of Pretty Deadly, then you know we are picking up pretty much where we left off. Death.

I feel as if DeConnick is tackling a topic here that so few comics creators do. The end of the story never changes. For each and every one of us, our stories will end in death. Regardless of your wealth, your politics, your religion; the story always ends the same way: Death. The only difference in these stories is HOW we get to death. And DeConnick is the perfect story-teller to take us down those rabbit holes.

Speaking of rabbits, DeConnick continues with the same narrators as the first story arc: Bunny, a skeleton of a rabbit, and Butterfly. Bunny and Butterfly happen upon a hive of bees and Butterfly is terrified. Bunny, however, knows this hive/tribe of bees and speaks with one. Bunny tells Butterfly that this particular bee was once a nurse, but now forages for the hive.

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Butterfly is shocked to learn that individual bees actually have jobs amongst all the chaos. But that is life, right? Among the day-to-day chaos, we all have our jobs to do and things that only we are responsible for. Life is chaos, but we all have our roles to play.

As for the rest of the story, there are names we recognized from the first five comics, like Sissy, Sarah, Ginny, Alice, and Fox. Other names are not familiar to us, like Clara, Michael, and Elbert.

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The new and the old converge to tell this story of death. When is the only question we are left wondering. Or is it? That is the magic of DeConnick’s writing. Even when we think we know what is going to happen, there is still mystery, poetry, and stones left unturned even when the last page has long since been turned.

Time has advanced since we left issue #5. The scenery of the first several pages seems comfortingly familiar to us, but we are soon plopped into the middle of a war. From the helmets being worn and some accents or play with words, we can guess that it’s World War I, but even that is up for debate.

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One of the things I found most frustrating in the first story arc was time. I was never quite sure what century the story took place. I always assumed the 1800s, but was never confident. In the end, it didn’t seem to make much difference. Now, I feel that time might have more meaning than I originally assumed. It is definitely something I will be attuned to as this story arc proceeds.

At this point, to talk more about the story would likely create spoilers, and as much as I would love to analyze every little detail, I refuse to ruin the delight for everyone else. What I will say, as a final note, is that the art of Rios and the colors of Jordie Bellaire are beautiful. the layouts allow the reader to focus on details that we might not otherwise take notice of. I feel like every little thing in this series, from the art, the layout, the colors, the writing, it all has meaning. It’s all done with a certain intent in mind. I LOVE this about this book. If you’ve never read Pretty Deadly, pick up the TPB of the first five issues and then drop by your local comic book store for issue #6.

Pretty Deadly can be purchased at your local book store or on Comixology.

Overall Score
100 %

Issue #6 of Kelley Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios series Pretty Deadly is finally here. Find out in this issue what become of Sarah.

Writing 100%
Art 100%
Poetry 100%
Story Telling 100%
Mystery 100%

About The Author

My name is Dianna, and I hail from the land of the lakes, aka Michigan. My full time job has me running a writing center, teaching writing classes (hopefully soon teaching a comics course), and doing all sorts of techy things, since that’s what I did in a previous life.

At this point in my life, comics are both my passion and my research. I am lucky in that I get to combine my passion into my everyday work. But here at Destroy the Cyborg I get to have fun and chat about what I'm reading. Feel free to chime in on my post, even if it's to tell my how dead wrong I got something.

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