Advance Review: “Pretty Deadly #5” Seems Final, But Wait

Pretty Deadly #5  Kelly Sue DeConnick Emma Rios Jordie Bellaire Image Comics  $3.50 April 2nd, 2014
“Pretty Deadly #5”
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Emma Rios
Jordie Bellaire
Image Comics
$3.50
April 2nd, 2014

As each issue is, this one is hard to get into. Even if you read the preluding “story so far” summary you still feel completely lost at the beginning. At least I do. It seems as though this story isn’t meant for installments; it’s meant be read in full, all in one sitting. That’s rough for folks like me because it’s too hard to wait. I’d rather be disoriented and be an inch closer to finding out what happens than enjoying a comfortable ride and having to wait.

Once you figure it out though you are plunged back into this amazing tale. It’s like a rich fable that should be passed on through generations. The art is beautiful but almost nightmarish. It really seems that the art and story are paired perfectly together. The story, isn’t told completely and spins you around. The art too doesn’t do your typical panel to panel. You find yourself looking back over the pictures again to see what you didn’t see before.

I feel like all of this is on purpose and that we’re supposed to be confused like Sissy, one of the main characters. She is living the story and never knows what will happen next. Maybe the reader is supposed to feel like an outsider.

This issue ends a story. Maybe not the entire story but I felt like it was finished. There was a definite conclusion. I don’t know how it will go on. But there on that last page it said, “to be continued.” So I guess I’ll just have to wait and find out.

Verdict: 8/10