Death has a daughter. She's not really any more enjoyable than her father, but she still makes for a fascinating character. In October, her talents as the reaper of vengeance are on full display in Pretty Deadly, the first creator-owned series from Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Rios and Jordie Bellaire.
“The book is absorbing us while breathing on its own,” said Ríos. “Sometimes I feel we are hidden behind a rock, gasping, watching the characters do their things.”
The work will unfold over the course of a story developed in tandem by the talent, creating a world of characters that are entirely their own. The duo found common ground in their love of Westerns and Japanese cinema for the book. DeConnick was inspired by spaghetti westerns, Japanese “pinky violence” films and Grimm’s fairy tales, while Ríos found her visual language for the series by absorbing both Westerns and samurai films.
“We wanted a very Leone feel to it. As we worked, I felt we were straying from that original notion and though I came to love the direction the book insisted on going, I felt a twinge of grief at the loss of the Leone connection. I don't know why, but I did,” said DeConnick. “Then a friend of mine quoted this Leone line to me: ‘The important thing is to make a different world, to make a world that is not now. A real world, a genuine world, but one that allows myth to live. The myth is everything.’ So in the end, it seems we haven't strayed at all.“
The first issue of an ongoing series, Pretty Deadly #1 will be in stores on October 23 and can be pre-ordered from the August issue of Previews (AUG130504). Full press release below.