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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  352 ratings  ·  50 reviews
"Grand and majestic storytelling."
-Warren Ellis (TREES, INJECTION, Gun Machine, Red)

KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (CAPTAIN MARVEL, BITCH PLANET) and EMMA R�OS (I.D., MIRROR) plunge back into the Eisner-nominated, New York Times best-selling world of PRETTY DEADLY.

Diving beneath the sun-soaked strips of 1930s Hollywoodland, where the best and brightest are dimmed and broken, the gran
Paperback, 152 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Image Comics (first published March 18th 2020)
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Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pretty Deadly is back with another arc, and it's magnificent as ever. Kelly Sue, Emma Ríos, Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles once again created a masterpiece of visual storytelling that is unlike anything else out there. ...more
Chris Lemmerman
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
The fact that it's been entire years between this volume and the previous two really hurts this story as a whole, because I literally do not have the time to re-read what came before to remember the complex relationships between the characters right now. That said, I can still recall the basics, and that's all you need to realise that this is some good comics.

DeConnick and Rios work perfectly in tandem as the pair weave a tale of intrigue and despair, with a mystery dragging characters from the
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Took me a while to get to this volume, I don't know why. It is one of my favorite comics. And volume 3 was just as good as the previous two. With this one in particular I was reminded of Sandman for some reason, maybe it's the myth aspect of it. And now I need the next volume asap. ...more
actual rating: 3.5

It's been quite awhile since the first two volumes of this series but from what I remember I really enjoyed the first volume and found the second one utterly incomprehensible. This one seems like a welcome return to form, although I have forgotten a lot of the details in the world building at this point. The artwork and character designs are gorgeous though and I really liked the dark fairytale feel to the whole thing. I would definitely like to see more from this series in the
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book seems more poetic than plot-driven, which combined with this breathtaking illustration hits home deep.
I just really, really love this series. The artwork is a dreamy, beautiful nightmare landscape that is both monstrous and lovely.

This moves the overall plot along a little and sets up nicely for the next volume.
Alex Sarll
After the Western and the war story, the tale of Death's daughter wends its way to Hollywood in its tarnished golden age. The spine of the story is an investigation into the death of a young woman who, like so many before and since, was used up and spat out by the system - but whose soul has not arrived in the Garden as it ought. Really, though, I'm here for the sheer poetry of it, the way Rios and Bellaire's visuals make it feel like a shadow play adaptation of Angela Carter, or the best Monume ...more
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Man, if this series was published on the reg, it might rival Saga in terms of impact and sales.
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The art in this volume was so beautiful and I loved reading about the themes that were explored here, from old Hollywood and the exploitation of POC, to noir and human nature. Very excited to read more in this series.
A wonderful continuation in an eerie, wise and perpetually gorgeous series. I'm glad I reread previous volumes to refresh myself of all the threads and arching messages, and to properly appreciate them. ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not smart enough to appreciate this series - this is pounded into my head by the inclusion of discussion group questions for every issue, delving into ideas that I didn't pick up on at all during my read. Fortunately, even for those of us who are only picking up the surface level of the book's depth, there's still a lot to appreciate. The art for one; page layout and art design in this book are amazing, with several spreads that were just awe-inspiring.
The story is interesting as well - a
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The available lexicon to explain or explore the interlocking fragments of mythos that comprise DeConnick and Rios' ongoing comics enterprise is as impossibly wide as it is to fine tune. Narratively, PRETTY DEADLY: THE RAT pulls into frame the dangerous equivocations brought about by loss and one's arrogant assumption of what loss means (or is supposed to mean). Visually, the current volume dually invokes the unearthly beauty and squarely nightmarish splendor of shadow puppetry and its psychosoma ...more
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Series Info/Source: This is the third volume in the Pretty Deadly graphic novel series. I got this book as a Christmas present.

Story (5/5): This was really well done and I enjoyed it a lot. In this volume the Conjure-man finds out his niece Clara has been killed and summons Ginny (the Reaper of Vengeance) to help track down Clara’s killer. The two get caught up with the Reaper of Obsession and Ginny tries to help the Conjure-man escape but this calls Sissy (the Reaper of Death) from her Garden.
Dakota Morgan
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sarah's family and Ginny's quest to conquer wayward Reapers again collide in this third Pretty Deadly volume. Like the previous volume, it's a fairly tight, fairly focused narrative, though there are plenty of flashbacks like in the first volume. The granddaughter of Sarah is found dead and her uncle is determined to find the culprit. A handful of creepy Reapers are soon identified and Ginny's sword gets plenty of use.

Emma Rios' art continues to stun. Clara is apparently a pro at papercraft, so
Pablo Gaona Olivares
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Woh, in this volume pretty deadly really find what was missing.
Here the main story is told in a kind of noir thriller on the hollywood golden age, what sueprisingly match much better with the argument than the previous locations.
I really loved the drawing of this time and places really stuning.

On the other hand paying attention to the story told I think that this os bu far the best one of the series, and argubly on of the best modern thriller I have read.
The authors told us a story of drug, amb
Bill Coffin
Dec 11, 2020 rated it liked it
With the third volume of Kelly Sue DeCormick's saga of a new Death fixing all the problems the old Death left behind, things are finally starting to click more than in the previous volumes. An effort to find more renegade Reapers takes form in a man's quest to understand what happened to his vanished niece. The story and art balance each other better, and the story's gaps are only small enough for a car to fit through rather than a truck. But there are still fundamental issues with how this thin ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5+ stars

This series will never never disappoint me and Volume 3 was no exception and an incredible addition to this story!
After a western setting in Volume 1 and wartime setting in Volume 2, we know reached Old Hollywood were tragedy strikes.
The mystery element worked so well and it was so emotional to read about. Learning more about new repeares was fascinating and terrifying.
The story method attempting from Old Hollywood movies and the use of repetition were masterful!
Showing that this was Cl
Mitchell Hahn-Branson
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here we are, back inside one of the most beautiful, strange, heartbreaking, moral comics of the twenty-first century. I had no idea (and maybe DeConnick and Rios didn't know either, at first) that this book was going to change time periods and genres with every volume: western, war, noir; Old West, World War I, Old Hollywood. This newest story feels painfully appropriate for 2020, with racism and exploitation a little cl0ser to the surface than before. I can't think what form the next volume wil ...more
Morgan Maria
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Indulge me a small rant: why do all my favorite comics take forever to update? Especially between this and Blackwood, it feels like my faves take these months and years long hiatuses and I crave more stories nooooow.

Anyway, as you might have guessed, I liked volume three. DeConnick continues to explore the vagueries of emotions and the things that drive us and Rios' art continues to fill me with equal measures of awe and envy. I want to make people feel like her art makes me feel.

All this to say
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a truly gorgeous, enthralling read, and it made me grateful for the medium. It's hands-down one of the most visually rapturous comics I've ever seen. Each page is mesmerizing with a confident breeze and the narrative is so grounded in its ability to sustain and strut through various, very different worlds of reality and unreality. This one drums up a particular soft spot in me, as it buoyantly bounces between old Hollywood noir and death garden fantasy, meditating on the human spirit and ...more
Jennifer Ranger
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This graphic novel was good on so many levels. The vivid characters and supsenseful plot, sucked me in and pulled me through from start to end. The themes of death and forgiveness, leant the story addtional meaning. The Discussion Guides at the end, helped parse the meaning and understand it better. Truly an outstading read! I highly recommend this title to anyone interested in the series or comics and their meaning in general.
Kelly K
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2020
I pretty much Reaper of OBSESSED over this in one sitting. From what I remember of the first two volumes, I loved them even though I didn't quite get everything that was happening. This volume was much easier to grasp the storyline. I absolutely love the art from this series and the deeper connections it makes to life outside of the page. ...more
Mateen Mahboubi
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's been long enough that I don't remember much of the previous PD volumes but, while I'm sure that hurt a bit, this volume is still enjoyable on it's own. Admittedly, I didn't understand everything that was happening in the parallel stories (and the end) but this is a visual treat with lots of great art and a compelling main story arc. ...more
I've been looking forward to this for so long and it didn't disappoint. Utterly beautiful art and story. The story is art. A beautiful look at death, obsession and stories themselves. This is why comics are so important and amazing as a medium. Utterly loved it. I would recommend it to everyone. ...more
Erica McGillivray
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This really takes off about 1 1/2 issues in. As usual, I read this in single issues. Rios' art continues to be glorious and well worth the trip to Sissy's Garden and back again. This was perhaps the most human story of all, grounded in the life of Clara and her uncle Frank. ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wish Pretty Deadly came out more often. It’s really frickin’ good! DeConnick’s writing coupled with Rios’ art and Bellaire’s colors is fantastic, and this story about grief and obsession reminds reminds us of that.
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
I can’t believe this has been published for a whole year and I just found out about it a few weeks ago! I absolutely love this series and I hope we get more but I’ll be happy with what we have for now.
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful, challenging, and weird, as always.
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, comics
The art 😍
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
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