Review: FATALE (comics)


The Story

A reporter in 2012 stumbles on a secret that leads him down the darkest path imaginable… to a seductive woman who’s been on the run since 1935, a mobster who may be an immortal demon monster, and the stories of all the doomed men who’ve been caught in their decades-long struggle.

Brubaker + Phillips

Writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips are back together for yet another serial.  Their previous efforts include series titles Sleeper (Wildstorm), Criminal (Marvel), and Incognito (Marvel/Icon).  The plots in each case revolve around the criminal element.  Brubaker has a fascination with film noir and the lives of men (and their women) who frequent the seedier side of society.  Let’s face it, that’s where the interesting stories are found and Fatale is probably as deep as you get into that aspect of existence.

As of this writing, only the first issue has hit the shelves, but I’m itching to get my hands on the next one.  This first book sets up the basic atmosphere and direction, but brings up way more questions than it answers.  It’s Mickey Spillane crimer with demons, though we haven’t actually seen any yet.  What we do get are gruesome ritual killings, cryptic conversations, and a very suspicious and mysterious woman.

As with previous efforts, I’m digging the not knowing.  The slow drip reveal of information is fun.  Detective/Mystery stories are about the journey and the guessing game is half the joy.  Throw in a pretty dame who just might be a demon married to another monster and well, the guessing just got harder.  Count me in.

There’s not a whole lot to say about this book just yet, except maybe “more please”.  The artwork is great.  The writing is solid.  It’s all more than good enough to have pre-ordered #2.  Stay tuned. More as the story develops.

I have theories about where this could all lead, but I’d like some of you to pick up the book and read it for yourselves. Without any spoilers or undue influence by me.


B grade for Storytelling

A grade for Artwork

Overall B+ for a great first read.  Go pick up Fatale #1


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