Review: Pretty Violent #5 – Story Versus Gags … Story Wins Out, Pretty Violent Loses

by Richard Bruton

Pretty Violent started out as a funny, different take on super-types, madcap violence, loads of swears, the works, a Warner Brothers cartoon in print for a distinctly adult audience.  And then it lost its way, comedy coming second to exposition with issue #4. Issue #5… Pretty Violent is pretty much doing the same thing…

Now, after last issue’s screw-up tagging along with Misty Meadows, with the great line of…

“It was my only course of action. I’m a junior hero! She’s the only one who didn’t make the animals fuck!”

Yeah, it was one of those weird super-type battle things – she’s getting her debrief and a new assignment, one you get the idea is her last chance.

Now, that’s the sort of funny we’re after here. And something like Pretty Violent should be having something like that on every page.

But, as with the last issue, there’s not enough of that sort of gag and far too much of the whole building the story up to the climax of the first arc in issue 6.

All of which means there’s more of the conflict between Gamma Rae wanting to be a hero, caught up in her super-villainous family’s schemes, and her ridiculous attraction to super-brat Brodie, whose party she turns up to only to discover the obvious thing that he barely even knows who she is… poor old Gamma Rae…

Now, although Pretty Violent looks good, and there’s a few good gags running through it all, it’s just not got the comedy chops it needs to have. This is the sort of book that needs a great gag on every single page, just like the sort of gags that filled the first couple of issues, just like this…

But in the end, it’s a series that’s losing it’s way, more and more every issue, story dominating over the gags. And sadly, the story doesn’t do enough to make up the loss of the unrelenting gags in the earlier issues. It’s funny, but it’s just not funny enough to keep the momentum going.

Pretty Violent #5, written by Derek Hunter and Jason Young, art by Derek Hunter, published 21st August by Image Comics. (Past reviews – Issue 1Issue 2Issue 3, Issue 4)

 

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