Author: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Emma Rios
Publisher: Image

I know what you're thinking: another surreal Western with quasi-religious themes starring Death and his family? Well, yes, but this couldn't be more different from East of West. With Pretty Deadly, writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Emma Ríos have created a fever dream of violence, poetry, and raw emotion. Loosely centered around the tale of Deathface Ginny, the daughter of Death, the book is less interested in specific plot points and more about immersing the reader in a fantastical world. This can be frustrating to some, but I found it to be wonderfully atmospheric. (Just stick with it!) While it's too early to say for sure (volume one, The Shrike, was released earlier this year), this book has the potential to become a contemporary classic.