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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in one sitting Amazing
This book is so good hat I read it in one go, could not put it down. I found myself fully engrossed in the world Brubaker and Phillips created. I am a huge fan of incognito but this is even better, excellent writing and great art work. I have never read anything like it and is a breath of fresh air from the over abundance of men in tights. Must read
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fatally lost
The book follows a mysterious beautiful woman - the Fatale of the title - called Jo who is attached to several men and, in true noir Femme Fatale fashion, proves to be the downfall of each of them. She's on a journey to escape the life she's leading - that of mistress to a detective who is getting more distant from her by the day - with a journalist but she's harbouring...
Published on 21 July 2012 by Sam Quixote


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in one sitting Amazing, 4 Mar 2013
This review is from: Fatale Volume 1: Death Chases Me TP (Fatale (Image Comics)) (Paperback)
This book is so good hat I read it in one go, could not put it down. I found myself fully engrossed in the world Brubaker and Phillips created. I am a huge fan of incognito but this is even better, excellent writing and great art work. I have never read anything like it and is a breath of fresh air from the over abundance of men in tights. Must read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine graphic ‘novel’, 12 May 2014
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Mr. Mice Guy (London, England) - See all my reviews
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The story running through the first five issues of the new Image Comics’ series Fatale is collected as Fatale Volume 1: Death Chases Me TP (Fatale (Image Comics)). This really is a graphic ‘novel’, and not just a collection of episodes. It may be a pulp/noir genre novel, but it is an excellently written and illustrated one. I just read the collected edition cover to cover, and I didn’t want to stop. Fortunately I have the next two volumes here courtesy of my local library… However, I’ll take some time to rest first.

The story starts in the present day, at the funeral of a detective story writer. His godson (and executor) meets a young woman at the graveside, whose grandmother knew the deceased. Later, at the writer’s home, his godson finds an unpublished manuscript of a story set in the 1950s. Some armed men then break into the house, the girl from the graveside rescues him. Later, he begins to read the manuscript, and in a series of flashbacks we then experience the story, and quickly realise that the main characters appear to be the deceased and the girl… In between chapters, the godson checks out details of the story, and eventually goes to see his father in the asylum where he has been for several years…

The flashback story is an excellent combination of pulp horror (you know who I mean) and ‘noir’ detective story, set in LA in the mid 1950s. If any of those are keywords for you, then read this book; it is beautifully illustrated and the scripting is excellent. The horror is not overt, and there are lots of little clues planted that there is much more going on in the background that we have not been shown; we have only scratched the surface, and yet it is a ‘complete’ story in itself. It is also a gripping read.

THE SPOILER ZONE

For a detailed description of the individual issues, see Fatale Volume 1: Death Chases Me TP (Fatale (Image Comics)).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine graphic `novel', 12 May 2014
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Mr. Mice Guy (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fatale Volume 1: Death Chases Me TP (Fatale (Image Comics)) (Paperback)
The story running through the first five issues of the new Image Comics' series Fatale is collected as Fatale Volume 1: Death Chases Me TP (Fatale (Image Comics)). This really is a graphic `novel', and not just a collection of episodes. It may be a pulp/noir genre novel, but it is an excellently written and illustrated one. I just read the collected edition cover to cover, and I didn't want to stop. Fortunately I have the next two volumes here courtesy of my local library... However, I'll take some time to rest first.

The story starts in the present day, at the funeral of a detective story writer. His godson (and executor) meets a young woman at the graveside, whose grandmother knew the deceased. Later, at the writer's home, his godson finds an unpublished manuscript of a story set in the 1950s. Some armed men then break into the house, the girl from the graveside rescues him. Later, he begins to read the manuscript, and in a series of flashbacks we then experience the story, and quickly realise that the main characters appear to be the deceased and the girl... In between chapters, the godson checks out details of the story, and eventually goes to see his father in the asylum where he has been for several years...

The flashback story is an excellent combination of pulp horror (you know who I mean) and `noir' detective story, set in LA in the mid 1950s. If any of those are keywords for you, then read this book; it is beautifully illustrated and the scripting is excellent. The horror is not overt, and there are lots of little clues planted that there is much more going on in the background that we have not been shown; we have only scratched the surface, and yet it is a `complete' story in itself. It is also a gripping read.

THE SPOILER ZONE

Death Chases Me - Chapter 1
Issue #1 starts in the present day, at the funeral of a detective story writer, Dominic Raines. His godson (and executor) Nicholas Lash, meets a young woman at the graveside, whose grandmother knew the deceased. Later, at the writer's home, the godson finds an unpublished manuscript of a story set in the 1950s. Some armed men then break into the house, the girl from the graveside attempts to rescue him. Later, in hospital, he begins to read the manuscript, and we flashback to 1956 where a young journalist named Hank Raines is meeting with a woman named Josephine, who is somehow under the influence of an apparently crooked Police Detective Walt Booker, whom Raines is investigating. Raines and his partner meanwhile are investigating some cultist murders, which remind Walt of something he saw in a Nazi dungeon in Romania during the War, where he first met Josephine...

Death Chases Me - Chapter 2
Issue #2 opens with Josephine charming her way into Booker's apartment - she has an uncontrollable hypnotic influence over men, we have discovered. She is looking for something that gives Booker control over her. Meanwhile, Booker and his partner have tracked down another gang of cultists, and in chasing one of them, Booker gets a `message' that the cult's leader, "Bishop", will meet with him... Meanwhile, Josephine and reporter Raines are plotting against Booker, who has an object that she needs to retrieve in order to get her freedom. However, Booker appears to be planning on trading her to the cult leader in exchange for a cure for his cancer...

Death Chases Me - Chapter 3
Issue #3 opens with an Interlude set in the present, as Nicholas Lash finds that he is getting offers of inexplicably large advances for Dominic Raines' manuscript... later he discovers that Raines may be the reporter in the manuscript, and that his wife was murdered in 1956...

We then flashback to 1956, where Booker and his partner are being questioned by their Lieutenant, having just being exposed by reporter Raines for taking bribes from a mobster. As they leave his office, we overhear a murder being reported... Booker is later informed that he has three days to deliver Josephine to Bishop in exchange for his cure, but he finds that she has disappeared... Josephine tries to explain to Raines who and what she is, and takes him to an old abandoned house, where she used to be a member of a cult. Unfortunately, there is a cultist still hanging around, who knocks Raines out. We discover from the subsequent conversation that Josephine was sacrificed by the cultists, and has been reborn with certain powers, which she uses to make the cultist shot himself. On his return home, Raines finds the police outside his house, who arrest him for the murder of his wife...

Death Chases Me - Chapter 4
Issue #4 opens with the mobster involved in Detective Booker's unfortunate incident getting a visit from the mysterious Bishop... Meanwhile the detectives are discussing their interrogation of Raines; witnesses saw three men leaving the house, and it is determined that he didn't do it, but the two detectives who he exposed are under suspicion, even though they have their lieutenant as an alibi, and we also learn that mobster Luccarelli has disappeared, and there is a suggestion that he and the detectives were responsible for the murder... Josephine then appears in the police station and confronts Booker, and talks him into returning the mysterious artefact to her the following day. We then get to see that Detective Booker has an ability to `see' certain "other-worldy" things that most people don't. Raines is released, and we meet his friend Johnny Lash waiting to collect him - Nicholas's father. Booker gets a lead on his original cult murder and goes to investigate, discovering that Josephine might have been involved. Raines evades Lash and goes looking for Josephine, and is waylaid by Booker's partner, who is in turn ambushed by cultists...

Death Chases Me - Chapter 5
Issue #5 opens with Booker and Josephine meeting as arranged. Booker however has learned a few things from his time with Josephine, and has carved her "masking" sigil into his arm to make himself undetectable to the various mystic elements now involved in the story. After a bit of conversation and some more back-story revelations, he kidnaps Josephine and takes her to the cultists, who are already holding Raines, who has been having a revelatory conversation with Bishop. When Booker arrives at cult central, we discover that he has a cunning plan...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fatally lost, 21 July 2012
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This review is from: Fatale Volume 1: Death Chases Me TP (Fatale (Image Comics)) (Paperback)
The book follows a mysterious beautiful woman - the Fatale of the title - called Jo who is attached to several men and, in true noir Femme Fatale fashion, proves to be the downfall of each of them. She's on a journey to escape the life she's leading - that of mistress to a detective who is getting more distant from her by the day - with a journalist but she's harbouring dangerous secrets and soon she's fighting for her life as a Demonic cult sets its sights on her as their next sacrifice.

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' series "Criminal" is first class comic book artistry at its finest; "Incognito" not so much; and "Sleeper" was so boring I didn't make it halfway through the first book. So when I saw "Fatale" I was heartened that it looked so much like the "Criminal" series - perhaps this was one of the better Brubaker/Phillips collaborations! Alas it's not. Here's why.

The book might work well as a straight crime noir story much like "Criminal" but it veers off into the kind of horror territory found in Mike Mignola's BPRD series. The horror elements sit awkwardly within the noir and when the detective turns out to be somewhat supernatural himself the tone of the piece feels a bit off.

Then there's the plot. It's unclear what each character wants and why. The detective, Booker, is sick and dying of some mysterious illness causing him to betray Jo to the Demonic Cult but it turns out that he and Jo are both "dead" already (though how they could be dead but alive is never explained) so it must be some kind of illness that affects the living dead (but he's not a zombie). Then there's the Cult - what are their goals again - something generic like ruling the world? And how about the Fatale herself, Jo, what does she want out of all this? Her attachments to the men in her life are tenuous at best given that she hooks onto them without much thought, so it's a bit hard to believe she cares about any of them enough to motivate her to do half the things she does in the book. With no clear plot, too many strands and underdeveloped characters, "Fatale" becomes a convoluted mess.

And while there is a lot of action and spooky scenes amidst the noir, it's hard to keep interested as the action and spooky things keep on happening with such regularity that it becomes standard and uninteresting. As the characters are underdeveloped the danger they're in doesn't move you as you don't care about them very much.

While Sean Phillips' artwork and Dave Stewart's colours make this an extremely attractive book to look at, Brubaker's weak storyline and unusually poor writing makes this a strangely dull read despite it's potentially exciting subject matter. I finished this after 3 sittings and this isn't a long comic book; I just lost interest quickly after picking it up. The Brubaker/Phillips creative team is a brilliant one but "Fatale" isn't their best effort - for that, try the "Criminal" series, which is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 25 July 2013
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A great read from a superb creative team. Everything from the writing, inks and colours capture the noir fell excellently. Would recommend to both comic book fans and also fans of the genre. A+
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value!, 22 Jan 2013
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Lovely looking graphic novel! Bought as a present for a friend who was very happy with it :) Great price, very nicely presented.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top 3 best comics of 2012, 2 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Fatale Volume 1: Death Chases Me TP (Fatale (Image Comics)) (Paperback)
Brubaker and Phillips continue to assert their status of best creative team in comics right now. Expanding on the critical and commercial success of their noir series, Criminal , Fatale adds in classic horror elements to the formula and the result is an expertly written, beautifully drawn mystery that won't let you go until it's dragged you into the darkness with it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Brubaker & Phillips finest yet, 13 Oct 2012
This review is from: Fatale Volume 1: Death Chases Me TP (Fatale (Image Comics)) (Paperback)
I wanted to write this review in order to balance out the excessively negative review i saw above. This is Brubaker & Phillips finest work yet. The fact that the previous reviewer said Sleeper was "boring" suggests they dont realy like Brubaker/Phillips much at all anyway. This seems to be what Brubaker has been working up to all along, and now he has honed his writing to the next level with this series. Honestly, its brilliant and a must read for fans of Brubaker and Phillips previous work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost, 12 Nov 2014
This review is from: Fatale Volume 1: Death Chases Me TP (Fatale (Image Comics)) (Paperback)
This book is so good I almost wrote a review.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh... Not so hot, 17 Feb 2013
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For me, this is Brubaker and Phillips' worst work together that I have read.
It is still good, but the noir and supernatural elements, for me, didn't really make sense together and, to be honest, it kind of bored me.
Maybe the problem is I had great expectations and can't help but feel it fell a bit short. Art is Phillips' normal good art (I can't call it great, I just never thought he WAS great, only good - it's my opinion, I know some people love it), but the writing disappointed me a bit.
I will re-read it one of these days and see if I was missing something the first time around, but I never had to do that with Criminal, which just rocked. I have not picked up nor will I pick up the second volume, unless I get that "hmmm" after the second read.
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