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Pretty Deadly Volume 1: The Shrike Paperback – May 13, 2014
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The art is fantastic, especially the depiction of Death. However, that is where the enjoyment ends. The story is very uneven, depicting separate events that culminate in a muddled, vanilla ending.
The characters have very little in the way of attributes, and are very one-sided. I found it hard to care about any one of them, and none of them were memorable, especially for any follow-up graphic novels with the same characters.
Though the art was great, the drawing and inking on the action scenes was too flashy, and gave a sense of blurred, painting instead of clear-cut action you'd find in other graphic novels.
If you are a graphic novel collector for art, I highly recommend you add this to your collection, if you're looking for a good story skip this one.
Perfect for anyone who enjoys Macabre or Gothic tales, the Grimdark or the Bloody, this is the book for you.
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Possibly in an attempt to be artistic, both author and artist persist in an archaic and willful...Read more