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Fatale #2

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Brubaker and Phillips deliver yet another brilliant issue of their new creator owned series, FATALE.

The Good

The best comic book is the kind where the reader is completely sucked into the story. Yes panel after panel and page after page that same reader is also hounded with hundreds of questions going well beyond the who, what and where's. The second issue of FATALE is by far one of the best comic books to be released this week.

In the first issue we met Josephine through the eyes of Nicolas Lash, as both characters bonded over the mourning of Lash's godfather. That was the present. The second issue takes readers back into the past, the 1950's to be exact, introducing readers to Josephine's acquaintances, reporter Hank Raines and her secret lover detective Walk Booker. As far as Josephine is concerned, there is very little we actually do know about her. The character is completely shrouded in mystery, and the only observation we can make is that she is connected to these three men and that she is more than just a little bit superstitious. What is her connection to the occult order we saw in the first issue, and why does she repeat the symbol here? What is the meaning? And how dark is this book going to get?

As a lover of crime noir and suspense, this title seems to present absolutely everything I would want in a great comic book. Brubaker and Phillips more than provide the reader with an incentive to come back for more -- by the final page you will be left yearning, with more questions than answers. Phillips captures elements of noir brilliantly. He captures fear, despair, sexuality and mystery with perfection. The story is incredible, the characters will completely capture your imagination and the art is simply stunning.

The Bad

No complaints here. Gorgeous book.

The Verdict

After presenting readers with an absolutely breathtaking first issue, it's hard to believe Brubaker could top the first issue -- but he did. The story is slowly coming together and readers will be able to witness the first connections between characters. Still, there are plenty of things we still do not know. What is the connection between Josephine and these three men? What is her connection to this occult organization? How dark will Brubaker delve? This is one of the best books out right now. Highly recommend this title to anyone who loves a good mystery.

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Great review. I love this book. I'm a big fan of Noir and this book captures that brilliantly also the dark twist the book has set's it apart from the other crime books. Got to love them covers. 

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I hope this issue is amazing enough for me to justify having it on my pull list. Money is tight.

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@blindisaac said:

I hope this issue is amazing enough for me to justify having it on my pull list. Money is tight.

you wont regret it. If moneys tight trim the comic book fat.
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@spiderbat87 said:

@blindisaac said:

I hope this issue is amazing enough for me to justify having it on my pull list. Money is tight.

you wont regret it. If moneys tight trim the comic book fat.

I am going re-evaluate my list sometime this month.

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I knew this series was different from all of the other crime books I've read. Great issue. Left me wanting more and more. Brubaker and Philips might actually make this their best crime noir series from all the other's they have done together.

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Edited By kfhrfdu_89_76k

Nice rev.

Also, that`s a sweet cover.

I guess I could read this, if I could. I mean, I`m not really a fan of Brubaker, but I don`t hate him either.

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Great review Sara. I am glad that I picked up this series. There are so many questions but I have enjoyed the pacing that Brubaker has set up. Some questions are answered but then there is some much more brought up that raises even more questions (i.e. the scene in the park). Phillips' art is fantastic. I am really enjoying how the horror/occult elements are slowly being introduced to this otherwise excellent noir story. I'm almost expecting a scene where some dark creature rises from the ground or something equally haunting at any moment.

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It's a compelling read. I am totally sucked in and want to see where it goes. It's surprises me that brubaker has done this without a centralized protagonist like with Zack Overkill in Incognito or Holden in Sleeper. Maybe someone will emerge to the forefront soon.

It's worth mentioning the articles written at the back with unique art spread. First issue featured one on Lovecraft. #2 has a nice article on Poe.

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Now only if I could find a copy of the first issue...

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@dvorak: They released a 2nd printing of Fatale 1 this wk.

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Noir plus underworld stuff makes a great combo. Loving this book.

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It reminds me of L.A. Noir mixed with Lovecraft. I agree about the essays too; It's like mixing a Journal you find in a college library with comics. Ingenious.

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Brubaker is the Nolan of comics. 
 
Everything he does, he ensures it is a masterpiece.