The Beginning (Pretty Deadly: The Rat #5 Comic Review)

Script Kelly Sue DeConnick

Art & Cover Emma Ríos

Coloring Jordie Bellaire

Lettering Clayton Cowles

Backmatter Laurenn McCubbin

Editor Sigrid Ellis

Managing Editors Turner Lobey

Production Tricia Ramos

“There’s no defeating shadows. There’s just walking toward the light.”

In This Issue: Bunny and Butterfly have noticed a change in the air. A storm is coming.

In Hollywoodland, the storm is already raging—has been raging. We finally meet Clara. She had been looking for something. She looked for it with Jack Kaufman. When she didn’t find it with him, she looked for her Uncle, but found the Reaper of Thirst instead. But in finding the Reaper, she also found the way to her something—an ending. The Reaper of Obsession led her down the primrose path, to her death, and to Ginny, now bound to Obsession by her own will. Obsession has been collecting, and Ginny and Clara, though important to his collection, are not the crowning touch, though they are the means by which he intends to obtain it. He very nearly succeeds, too. Except he wasn’t banking on one thing:

Forgiveness.

My Two Cents: This is the final installment of Pretty Deadly: The Rat. As a whole, this book is a staggering work of unparalleled written and artistic genius, and that is not a commendation I give out lightly. Pretty Deadly set the bar at an exceedingly high level from page one, and continued to deliver at and above that standard for the duration of the arc of The Rat—not an easy thing to do by any stretch of the imagination, especially when a story is as involved and mature and intricate as this one is. Pretty Deadly is so much more than a comic. It is a work of art, and it deserves every bit of praise it has earned so far, and will in all likelihood continue to experience.

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Elizabeth Fazzio
South Bay native turned East Bay resident. Holder of two less-than-useful arts degrees. Human Resources professional by day, creative recluse the rest of the time. Favorite words: Weasel, toast. Mental health advocate--https://makeitok.org
Elizabeth Fazzio
Summary
We've reached the end of this cycle of Pretty Deadly, but the story is far from over. I'll be interested to see where DeConnick takes it next, and what era's style Ríos winds around the narrative. This was a serendipitous entry point for me to the world of Pretty Deadly due to my previous experience with the art and animation of Lotte Reiniger, but having looked into the previous volumes I've found them just as intriguing and engaging even without any prior knowledge of anything involved. I tend to form an opinion of a work of fiction quite quickly—in the earliest pages, in the case of comics—and once that opinion is formed it can be difficult to change. I'm either immediately entranced, or I'm not. Pretty Deadly hooked me in, carried me along, and never once did I worry about falling.
Good
  • Extras within the book
  • Art and story blend seamlessly
  • Layered storytelling
Bad
  • It's over! :(
9.8
Amazing
Art - 10
Writing - 10
Story - 10
Predictability - 9
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South Bay native turned East Bay resident. Holder of two less-than-useful arts degrees. Human Resources professional by day, creative recluse the rest of the time. Favorite words: Weasel, toast. Mental health advocate--https://makeitok.org

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