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Fatale #5

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Brubaker continues to weave suspense, the occult and crime noir into what is turning out to be one of the best indie comics on the market.

The Good

Based on some of the scenes we saw in the last issue, walter's first appearance in issue #5 of Fatale is not what I expected. His character's motives -- which up until now seemed to still be enamored with Josephine -- shows his true colors at the very start of this issue, and it's crazy.

If there's a word to sum up the reading experience of this comics a whole it's suspense. brubaker continues to weave this dark tale of crime noir and the occult effortlessly. His ability to move the story is unparalleled and flows beautifully off the pages.

Both Josephine and her most recent lover Hank must face the demons that stalk and terrorize them, and it's creepy. Artist Sean Phillips continues to create one gorgeous panel after the next; his art capturing the essence and tone of the story beautifully.

Brubaker continues to peel back the layers of this secret occult organization in a way that will surprise you and keep you enthralled in the story. What kind of an organization is this and why are they doing what they are doing? Details surrounding the group begins to come to light.

The Bad

This one is equally as grim, scary and entertaining as the last few issues. I have no complaints.

The Verdict

Brubaker continues to weave his brilliant tale of mystery and suspense; leaving readers on the edge of their seats yearning for more of this brilliant story. Nothing is what it seems, and there's a twist at every corner of this plot. These characters have depth, appeal, and are incredibly provoking -- particularly Josephine. Brubaker uncovers just enough of the story to pique the interest of his readers, but keeps them in the dark about the majority of the tale. Fantastic art, provoking plot, perfect pacing. If you like the occult, crime noir, mystery and a little suspense; this is a comic book you won't regret picking up. Not recommended as a jumping on point for new readers.

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Great job Babs. Like the lady says this is a beautiful, layered, deep and awesome book. In my opinion this is where Brubaker belongs, hes done great work at Marvel with Cap and continues to do so but his crime drama books are his shinning achievements. If you haven't read Criminal or Incognito...do it. Fatale could be his best yet, I love this book (top 3 for me on the shelves) and this issue delivers. According to Image the trade paperback will be out in June for these first 5 issues entitled "Death Chases Me" so if your interested and havnt been reading, pick up issue 6 which will be the start of a new arc and then pick up the trade when it comes out. This series is dark, but strangely soothing in some ways, its retro crime horror...if there is such a thing. Fatale. BOOM.

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Fatale is awesome but I don't think it's any better than Bru's other indy work, there all as high qualty as this 

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Awwww man i wish i started this from the first issue, i have no clue what this is about but it looks so awesome grrr :(

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@Mucklefluga:The trade is out next month, first five issues.

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Best issue so far really love the twists this book has great ending beautiful art.

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@HotSauceCommittee: Thanks Dude, d'ya know how much it'll cost?

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@spiderbat87 said:

Fatale is awesome but I don't think it's any better than Bru's other indy work, there all as high qualty as this

I said the same thing a while back. This book has gotten a good deal of attention from the media. Where were they when he was doing Sleeper or Criminal?

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@longbowhunter: I know what you mean, sometime when a person is already an established writer and then steps out to do creator owned stuff away from the Big two companies it takes a while for there series to get attention.