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Fatale, Book 1: Death Chases Me Paperback – July 10, 2012
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Fatale: Book One (Death Chases Me)
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Image (Diamond, dist.), $14.99 trade paper (144p) ISBN 978-1-60706-563-0
The minute Nicolas Lash encounters Jo, femme fatale extraordinaire with more dark secrets than Faust, things go from bad to worse in this captivating noir. Occult forces and gut-wrenching horror collide in 1950s San Francisco, as a corrupt cop and a smitten reporter go toe-to-toe over Jo, an ageless beauty with the looks of a Vargas girl and the heart of a rattle snake, who is desperate to escape the grasp of a satanic cult and their demonic, shape-shifting leader. Graced with a suspenseful plot that has more twists and turns than an alpine road, and deliberately understated artwork, Fatale boasts both intrigue and an atmosphere that feels as densely bleak as a San Francisco mist at the tip of Fisherman's Wharf at dawn. Colorist Dave Stewart deserves special mention for his subtle, highly evocative use of neutral tones and earthy shades. This is a universe of darkness and gray shadows, and the palette perfectly fits the angst-ridden, desolate, catch-22 world of supernatural horror the protagonists must face-off against. Immortality may be a double-edged sword, but it's one the intoxicating Jo wields with a boundless grace in this addictive page-turner. (July)
Top Customer Reviews
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 He later goes to his godfather's old broken-down estate that was left to him and he finds an unpublished manuscript that puts his life in immediate danger.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 The unpublished manuscript is a hard-boiled crime novel that takes us back to the 1950's. It's about a crusading reporter, the two crooked cops he's trying to expose, bizarre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.Read more ›
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.
This title sat on my shelf for over a year before I finally read it; a lot of good books do. Hell, I never read The Brothers Karamazov until a few weeks ago, and I was inspired to try this book after reading The Fade Out, a terrific series also by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. The first book of Fatale isn't as good as The Fade Out's first book, but it's wonderful and different on its own, and I will continue to read it. ****1/2
Nicolas Lash has a problem: he's become inextricably involved with Josephine, a beautiful woman with a dark secret. His second encounter with her almost costs him his life, yet he can't get her out of his head. Through some investigating, he learns that Josephine was also involved with a friend of his father way back in the `50s, as well as with a G.I. in WWII (and possibly even further back), and all the while never looking any different than she does now. As the narrative jumps between the various time periods, it is slowly revealed that Jo is on the run from something horrible, and as things never seem to end well for the men in her life, Nicolas may not make it to the next volume.
Ed Brubaker has risen to the top of the writers' field due to his work on high-profile superhero titles, and part of what makes his style so popular is how he eschews the standard theatrics in favor of stripped-down storytelling that gets to the root of the character. It's something that is much more obvious in his crime titles, and it's on brilliant display in FATALE.Read more ›
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Brubaker is ALWAYS 5-star. This guy can write. If you're a fan of noir, suspense, action, and the occasional science-fiction GN, buy this and all Brubaker's books.Published 15 months ago by H0gR1der
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