Death’s Daughter Rides This October: Pretty Deadly Announced
Kelly Sue DeConnick, writer of the popular Captain Marvel
series, and Emma Ríos, who penciled The Amazing Spider-Man
, will be releasing their first creator-owned comic book series this October. Get ready to meet Ginny, Death's daughter who journeys throughout the West. She's pretty deadly.
is an ongoing western series publisher by Image Comics about Ginny, whose face is covered with tattoos related to her heritage and she goes around avenging people. Did I mention she has a horse made of smoke and that the story is narrated by a dead rabbit?
DeConnick and Ríos have worked together before on the Marvel comic book mini-series Osborn
. It was while working on this book that the two discovered they shared a love of Westerns and Japanese cinema which set the stage for Pretty Deadly
to emerge onto. The story was also inspired by Grimm's fairy tales.
The colors will be done by Jordie Bellaire (Mara, The Manhattan Projects
) and are supposed to add to the dusty desert setting. DeConnick went into more details about the feel of the series and started talking about filmmaker Sergio Leone, who mostly directed spaghetti westerns:
"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... 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."
I love comic book westerns, and since I can only count the current number of westerns comic books I am reading on one hand (one finger, actually – All-Star Western
) I am psyched to see another western! I'm also looking forward to seeing if Ginny's gender will play a role in this story since westerns usually have a male protagonist and with a woman as his love interest. I'm curious to see how a female protagonist will be treated in this western world... and how a dead rabbit can be a main character.
Check out Pretty Deadly #1
, on the stands before this Halloween on October 23rd, 2013.