Monday, March 12, 2012

Fatale by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips

Previously Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips teamed up to bring comic readers the noir infused crime tales of Sleeper, Criminal and Incognito.  Together the team is taking their noir sensibility to a mystery revovling around cults and a femme fatal who does not seem to age.

The mystery unfolds in two separate, but related narratives 50 years apart.  In the present Nicolas Lash a crime reporter is lead astray, by the same woman his grandfather mystery novelist Hank Raines  was involved with.   Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips prove the maturity of the comics medium telling a slow burn mystery that is involved enough to warrant re-reads of the released issues.  Every panel contains an incredibly and classically dark image with dialogue that crackles with energy. 

If you have any affinity for comics, noir or slow burn horror I cannot recommend this series highly enough.

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