Script Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art & Cover Emma Ríos
Coloring Jordie Bellaire
Lettering Clayton Cowles
Backmatter Laurenn McCubbin
Editor Sigrid Ellis
Managing Editors Turner Lobey & Lauren Sankovitch
Production Tricia Ramos
***Review title from The Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’***
“But Clara wasn’t drawn here… She was chased.”
In This Issue: Bunny and Butterfly discuss the helpfulness of a model in seeing the bigger picture on a small scale—how that can make things clearer to the viewer.
Fox asks Sissy if her model garden has given her the insight she is seeking to how the world at large would look if she could see it in miniature. “Not yet,” Sissy says.
Frank has a dream. He searches for Clara through a landscape straight out of one of her creations and finds her, but she is in pieces, can’t hold together. He wakes during a storm, more determined than ever to find out what happened to his niece. Ginny tells him to go back to the source—the films Clara left behind. What was she trying to convey? Wants, and pain…Frank knows where to look next. He and Ginny travel through the inclement weather to a ramshackle mansion where the front door is never locked.
To the Reaper of Thirst.
Frank has visited her before, and she inquires as to his current thirst—what he is seeking. Ginny answers for him: purpose. His only need is to know what happened to Clara. The Reaper of Thirst shows him. Clara, in her search for her uncle, found the Reaper instead. The Reaper tried to keep Clara, but Clara left just as Frank had. The Reaper of Thirst claims that if Clara had stayed she could have been safe. But how did Clara find her way to the home of the Reaper of Thirst?
My Two Cents: The consistent quality of Pretty Deadly is wonderful. There has not been an issue or even a scene so far that has felt like exposition for the sake of exposition, or a place-holder, or a quick fix to move the plot forward. Every panel, every transition, every bit of dialogue is carefully calculated to convey exactly what needs to be conveyed. The Reaper of Thirst, who played a big role in this issue, has been designed to portray the embodiment of her name. She looks exactly as her moniker would have you believe her to be; a dehydrated old crone, dazed, cracking, gaunt. She seeks relief tongue-first, but much like Tantalus in the Greek mythos, is never able to satiate her need. She imparts a prime piece of information to Frank and Ginny, and that little nugget of intrigue is what will carry us to issue #4.