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Fatale #13 - Down the Darkest Trail Review

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The story of 'Black' Bonnie is revealed in the latest issue of this series.

The Good

This issue introduces us to a new character, likely one of Josephine's descendants: Bonnie. Bonnie is a character that has survived plenty of hardships, and has lived many lives, so to speak. The character had done many things throughout her life, and Brubaker briefly takes readers through different points in the woman's life. She had done many things, and been many different types of women, but the constant was that she has the same powers as Josephine: they have the ability to control men.

Both women are similar, but unlike Josephine, Bonnie is able to control her powers. Not only is she able to have men do her bidding, but if they look at her a certain way she is able to basically make them commit suicide. It's a rather interesting revelation and one that had sort of been hinted at in previous issues of this series.

The art of course, is beautiful. Artist Sean Phillips knocks it out of the park once again: the man sure knows how to impress with his minimalist style that really adds depth to Brubaker's story. The story itself is equally good, the pacing is appropriate and there are surely moments that will leave you wondering.

The Bad

Unlike the issues that came before it, this one doesn't really clear up the story for readers very much. Each issue, up until this point, has added another level to Josephine's powers and abilities, but this one doesn't really do that. Although really good, this issue feels a little bit like a filler in the sense that at this point I am not sure how it adds to the overall story and over-arching theme.

The Verdict

This issue was good, but certainly not Brubaker's best as far as this series as a whole is concerned (then again the bar has been set relatively high). The art is, once again, really great and compliments the story very well. I love the way Phillips illustrates the landscape in this issue, it really sets the tone for the story rather well. The result is another pretty issue. Since this is a self-contained story, it would make an alright jumping on point for someone who has not yet read this series.

5 Comments
Posted by longbowhunter

I'd love to see Bru and Phillips do a supernatural western at some point now.

Edited by SavageDragon

@babs The last two issues that were one shots have been flat out amazing. I agree with you, this was a good read but not a as great as the last ones. Still an interesting tale with one particular interesting aspect, in my estimation these past few issues have given great teases of the history, both to the women of femme fatale destiny and the Lovecraftian cult hunting them.I just want to know more. Like you said not to much revealed here but this series is all about layers.Really looking forward to getting back to Josephine.

Im happy your reading this series Sara, on a side note I would highly, highly recommend the Dark Horse series the Black Beetle written and drawn by Francisco Francavilla, its some excellent noir fun and its a mini series only on issue 2 of 4. Its sky rocketed to be one of my favorite books right now. The art is out of this world good. Check it out yo!

Posted by mcbean

Does this book have a good jump on point ?

Posted by SavageDragon

@mcbean: Issue 6 is the start of the Second arc, thats a fine jump on point, and Issue 11 is the next next because 11, 12 and, 13 have all been one shots.

Posted by vidreiro

I'm really enjoying this book, especially this second arc.

Glad Brubaker got a chance to do these one shots he wanted to do. Great for really establishing the character.

Hope one of the networks snags one of those shows he pitched!