Just in time for the spookiest month of the year, and just as all the pretty flowery things of the Spring start to shrivel up and die, Kelly Sue Deconnick and Ed Brubaker are bringing us a little death and darkness to kick off the season.
Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue Deconnick, Emma Rios, & Jordie Bellaire
Captain Marvel writer, Kelly Sue Deconnick teams with artist Emma Rios to bring us Death, bunnies, and a lot of skeletons in the dark spaghetti western fairy tale Pretty Deadly.
Not only are we completely won over by the all-female team creating an awesomely dark story with a hardcore “unpretty” female lead, but the previews look twisted and delightful. Deconnick’s work on Captain Marvel should be enough to recommend you this title, but if you need a little push, just check out all the preview art and influences they’re throwing out there on the Pretty Deadly tumblr before the comic lands on October 23rd.
Velvet by Ed Brubaker & Steve Epting
Hitting the shelves next week, Brubaker and Epting’s Cold-War-era espionage story in Velvet has been hotly anticipated for months. Subverting the Bond woman stereotype, the lead character the comic takes its name from is the “personal assistant” at a top intelligence agency, but we quickly find out that she does more than data entry, she’s got the deepest well of information at her fingertips, and before she got stuck at a desk she was sipping shaken martinis and dancing dangerously with the best of the James Bonds.
Best known for his noir comics, Brubaker has always given us incredible female characters, usually slightly off-center to the down-on-his-luck noir hero, but with Fatale he broke out and gave a story to the most famous female trope in noir stories, the femme fatale. With Velvet he’s grabbing the spy genre by the cufflinks and giving us the cool, daredevil leading lady we’ve always wanted.