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Comics Eye: Brubaker& Phillips's Fatale

Updated on January 22, 2012

Hey there and welcome to another edition of Comics Eye right here on Hubpages!

You know I've learned a few things over the years as I've read comics and I'd like to share some of the things I've learned with you:

  • I love great comic art
  • I love a great plot
  • I hate one of the above elements missing from a comic

and probably the most important thing I've learned over my better than 30 years of reading comics is that I know I'm reading a great comic if I can pick it up and read it more than once.

And the comic "Fatale" fits the bill quite nicely. It has all the elements that for me worth not only the $3.50 (a bargain for this comic actually!) A storyline by writer Ed Brubaker, the man behind much of my last two years or so of enjoyment reading Marvel's Red, White and Blue Avenger, Captain America.

Sean Phillips is best known for his earlier works on such comics as New Statesmen, Scene of the Crime which he worked on with Brubaker and at the moment he's responsible for the "Noir" styling of this comic.

So what's so great about this comic you ask...Everything!

Fatale can be compared to your favorite noir movie. The story begins at of all places a funeral...the perfect opening scene when you think about it, and here we are introduced to Nicolas Lash, and we are all (yes you too if you go out and buy this comic) attending the funeral of one Dominic Raines. Nicolas is the reluctant executor of Dominic Raine's estate. And of course to set the tone for this opening scene, it's raining.

The ceremony is quite short, and because Mr. Raines was an atheist, there are no special words that are required from the attending priest. The tombstone for Mr. Raines simply reads "Dominic Raines. 1932-2011. From Whence He Came."

But there is something strange about the tombstone...the symbols.

"It's a made up Symbol," say a young woman who has been hidden from our view till just this moment..."I'm Jo."

Jo is short for Josephine, and before we know it Nicolas Lash will find himself knee deep in trouble...and I'm pretty sure he, like many others will wish he had never met this beautiful young woman...a woman with a secret.

The first issue of Fatale takes us on a journey that dates back to the late 1950's, and we are witness to a scene of a young Josephine in a bar waiting for a certain Mr. Hank Raines to meet her there for a conversation...a conversation that involves crooked cops and in the end leaves us with more questions (that hopefully may be answered in the next issue) questions about how Josephine is a young lady in 1956, what kind of a hold does she seem to have when it comes to any man sh meets, and what happened at an undisclosed residence that has ties to cult behavior of the worst kind with traces of the occult thrown in for good measure.

Obviously I don't want to give away the whole story in this comic's first issue, or you won't want to spend your hard earned $3.50 to purchase it yourself, but trust me this is one of those comics that stand out from the ordinary and deserves your yes I'm telling you that this is one of those comics "You Should Be reading" and you know I don't put that sentence in my reviews very often.

Pick this one up, you won't be disappointed.

Oh, and on the next edition of Comics Eye my review of the comic series ":Severed!"


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