Review: Pretty Deadly Vol. 1 The Shrike, by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The ShrikePretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue DeConnick
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

OK, seriously…what the fuck was that?

“So Ms. DeConnick, what exactly were you hoping to accomplish here? Did you have a plot or plan for this to make more sense? Was there a reason for things?”

“I see. Butterfly and a dead bunny? Care to elaborate on the symbolism you’ve used here for our narrator(s)?”


“So…that’s a no then? MMMkay. Moving right along…can you explain to us the origins of Johnny Coyote and how he fits in with Big Alice, Ginny, Sissy, and Death?”


“OK. Sorry…guess it’s a secret. Do you plan to continue the series in the same manner with no character development, but lots of intense fight scenes?”


“Ah. Indeed. So pretty much you’re just wingin’ it and letting Rios’ art carry your random musings?”


“Swell. It’s been a pleasure. All the best in your future endeavors.”


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I'm a lover of pop-culture, from movies to music to books to TV shows to well...comics, and just about everything in between. I'm also a history buff, and spent 4 yrs getting a fancy BA in it. When I was at said University, I got my learn on AND spent all my money on CDs and VHS (yup, I'm THAT old.) However, I'm happy to discuss any topic really, as I love a good debate or just to be proven right. I'm Canadian, so I wear shorts and flip flops 9 months of the year, but no, I am NOT fanatical about hockey (I actually prefer baseball, thank my American father for that!). I love the outdoors, but don't get out enough... I've got a sick twisted sense of humour (hence why I'm friends with these Shallow folks) and believe that laughter is the best medicine...except penicillin...cause laughter won't cure the clap.

2 thoughts on “Review: Pretty Deadly Vol. 1 The Shrike, by Kelly Sue DeConnick

  1. While I liked your review and understand your feelings, I loved it. I thought it was crazy confusing at the beginning (and I’m happy I had three issues to read consecutively) I loved it more with each chapter. I think you’re supposed to feel alienated as a reader and the more you read the more you’ll understand and love the story. At least that’s how it was for me.

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    • To me there’s a difference between feeling alienated as a reader by design, and just not bothering to give much info about characters so you have no idea for motivations and drives. It was nice to look at, but fairly run-of-the-mill. Heck part of it felt like someone read the Saint of Killers Origin Story in Preacher by Garth Ennis too many times…but thanks for your feedback, I always welcome it! 🙂


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