Some comics just live up to their title and Pretty Violent #1 is one of those. Created by Derek Hunter and written by Hunter and Jason Young, the story is about Gamma Rae, a hero wannabe. She’s had powers since she was young and can’t quite get the hero part down.
In her attempts, we get decapitations, spines ripped out, people being squashed. It’s over the top violence with a cartoonlike spin to it all. Hunter also provides art with Spencer Holt on the colors. It all feels a bit like Skottie Young’s style with a mix of cute and violent.
Pretty Violent #1 is one of those comics you sit back and enjoy the read. None of the characters are likable, it’s the reactions that are the draw. The crowd’s comments. The battles. The violence. It all comes together for a Looney Tunes like cacophony of violence.
Part of the enjoyment is the art which feels more PowderPuff Girls than anything else. It’s cute and harmless until a spine is ripped out or the first “fuck” is dropped. The cute adds to the humor of it all.
There, of course, is a twist and that has me coming back as it makes the comic more than just swearing and violence. If you want your superheroes a little less serious and a lot more violent, this is one to definitely check out.
Story: Derek Hunter, Jason Young Art: Derek Hunter
Color: Spencer Holt
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review