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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics; First Edition edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607065630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607065630
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The top-notch team of Brubaker and Phillips (known for their collaborations on Criminal and Sleeper) launch another series that gives familiar tropes an entertaining tweak. In present time, Nicolas Lash, executor of author Dominic Raines’ estate, discovers an unpublished manuscript mere moments before shotgun-toting bad guys pull up out front. Then Jo, a woman he met at the funeral, appears out of nowhere to rescue him. Jump back to San Francisco, 1956, and we’re witnessing events from Raines’ book, starting with a young reporter trying to get a scoop from a beautiful woman about her corrupt-cop boyfriend. But any resemblance to standard detective fare ends there, as the creators mix in magic, cults, human sacrifice, and the possibility of eternal life to create a potent cocktail with any number of twists. Brubaker doesn’t write a word more than necessary, and Phillips’ scenery has all the right angles, evoking a film-noir feel without slavish imitation. If the words “last call” make you think of “The Call of Cthulu,” this is your kind of hard-boiled tale. --Keir Graff

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By the time I finished reading the first issue, I was hooked.
dana kabel
There are innumerable twists, some very intriguing fantastical elements, and art that makes me wish I could blow it up and frame it for my wall.
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Interesting characters in two different times, trying to figure out a great mystery!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
The character of the 'femme fatale' has been a trope of crime fiction and film noir since the genres began. She is the beautiful, irresistable woman that all of the protagonists fall for, kill for and die for. This as an idea is not new, and it's something that the creative team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have used before to great success in titles like SLEEPER and CRIMINAL, just to name a few. However, with the latest collaboration between the two, Image's FATALE, they have crafted a tale about a particualr femme fatale that is 60% pulp noir, 40% supernatural Lovecraftian horror, and 100% brilliant.

The tale in the present with one of our protagonists, Nicolas Lash, going to the funeral of his godfather Dominic Raines, a not-entirely-successful detective novelist. At the funeral, he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman named Josephine. He is immediately taken with her. He later goes to his godfather's old broken-down estate that was left to him and he finds an unpublished manuscript that puts his life in immediate danger. Lash is saved by the unexpected appearance of Josephine, but this is just the beginning of the danger for them. The unpublished manuscript is a hard-boiled crime novel that takes us back to the 1950's. It's about a crusading reporter, the two crooked cops he's trying to expose, bizarre and deadly cult murders, and a mysterious and beautiful woman that not only has a hold on one of the corrupt cops, but on the reporter as well.

Of course, the mysterious woman in the novel is Josephine, at the same age as she is in the present. She is presented as someone wounded and hounded, but who is predatory herself. She seems to avail herself to men with her own purposes and desires using not just her feminine wiles, but something not quite natural.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alt on July 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
An unpublished manuscript, a dead author, a mysterious woman. A corrupt cop, a cheating wife who manipulates a reporter, a cult. Self-mutilation, ritual sacrifices. The story Fatale tells is strange, intricate, perhaps convoluted, but never dull. It's sort of a dark mystery wrapped in a tale of the supernatural with a side dish of soap opera. You might have to read it a couple of times before it all comes together, and even then the story doesn't seem to know quite what it wants to be: a crime story, a horror story, a supernatural heroine story. Not that it matters -- the writing is sharp and there's enough action and intrigue to move events along at a brisk pace.

The artwork has a noir feel, nicely tinted in blues and purples except for the splashes of blood red when the story turns to gore. Characters are drawn realistically but they're stylized at the same time -- which is a pretty good trick. The art consistently held my attention even when the story seemed to be searching for an identity. Perhaps subsequent issues will bring the characters into sharper focus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy C Allison on August 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
The story begins simply enough. A man attends the funeral of his reclusive godfather. After the funeral, he meets a beautiful mysterious woman named Jo. Jo saves his life, and he finds himself enmeshed in a decades long conflict that is clearly out of his league.

Brubaker uses flashbacks to tease out the backstory on Jo, Hank (the godfather), and this conflict. Slowly as the story progresses, we discover that the noir story becomes one of Lovecraftian horror instead.

Brubaker is widely acknowledged as a writer who is very skilled in the tropes of noir. That all comes to play here. The storyline is a classic, on par with James M Cain et al. What is perhaps surprising is his deft touch at the horror elements. While in this first installment the horror tropes are secondary to the noir, he works the horrific elements into the solid foundation of his everyday world.

Likewise Sean Phillips does an excellent job handling the art duties. The preponderance of the book look & feel appropriate for a hardboiled tale, yet he handles the creepy Lovecraftian horrors protruding into this world easily. The contrast makes the emerging horrific elements even more striking.

Since the overall story is as yet unfinished, it's impossible to fully judge the plotting or storytelling. However, this first installment is compelling & leaves me eagerly awaiting the next volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Horror Fan on August 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Previously Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips teamed up to bring comic readers the noir infused crime tales of Sleeper, Criminal and Incognito. Together the team is taking their noir sensibility to a mystery revovling around cults and a femme fatal who does not seem to age.

The mystery unfolds in two separate, but related narratives 50 years apart. In the present Nicolas Lash a crime reporter is lead astray, by the same woman his grandfather mystery novelist Hank Raines was involved with. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips prove the maturity of the comics medium telling a slow burn mystery that is involved enough to warrant re-reads. Every panel contains an incredibly and classically dark image with dialogue that crackles with energy.

If you have any affinity for comics, noir or slow burn horror I cannot recommend this series highly enough.

M.R. Gott
Where the Dead Fear To Tread
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