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The Fade Out #1 Review


It's a new series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Of course you're going to love it.

THE FADE OUT #1 is on sale August 20, 2014.

The Good

We may have seen the end of FATALE by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips but this week marks the debut issue of their latest series, THE FADE OUT. What can be said about the creative pairing of these two that hasn't already been said. There's a reason Image Comics has given these two a five year deal where they can put out comics about whatever they want.

THE FADE OUT takes us back to Hollywood in the year 1948. Depending on how much of the behind the scenes history you're familiar with, you might have an idea of the general vibe for this time period and setting. There is a heavy noir feel as we drop in on Hollywood screenwriter, Charlie Parish, the night after a big party. As he struggles to recall everything that happened the night before, we get a series of flashbacks that further fleshes out the world he resides in. There is a bit of darkness and violence as the pieces of the puzzle are put together until we discover why this is labeled a crime story.

There is a refreshing feel of reading comics with average and sometimes flawed characters (compared to superhero comics). It adds more of a sense of realism and keeps you on the edge of your seat because all of the problems that pop up won't be wrapped up nice and neatly. You have to love having books like this.

It's up to Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser to further bring the characters and world to life. They create the perfect atmosphere and you'll find you didn't realize how much of this time period and setting you've been wanting to see and read. Simply put, it all looks so dang good.

The Bad

These creators have a proven track record. There's nothing to complain about unless you simply don't care for noir stories in this time period.

The Verdict

It's time to reconfigure your comic buying budget as the latest new series from Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser is calling out for you. As you would expect, this is a pure story with amazing visuals. It's a great look at this dark time period in Hollywood during the late 1940s and you'll immediately find yourself hooked. You've read any of Brubaker and Phillips' previous series, you pretty much know exactly what to expect. If you haven't read any of their work before, you are indeed in for a treat. Bottom line: buy this book.

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Posted by G-Man

@fables87: It's like, did I really have to write any words? It's a no-brainer with this creative team.

Posted by BumpyBoo

This looks fantastic! Very much a fan of noir and it seems to work so well in comic books :)

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

I'll be buying this. Brubaker is still one of the best writers in comics.

Posted by longbowhunter

I put this on my pull a good while back. Really excited to read it. Brubaker said its the closest thing him and Sean Phillips have done to Criminal yet.

Posted by derf_jenkins

Brubaker + Phillips = necessity

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Added this to my pull as soon as my LCS had the first solicit in their system. I can't wait to pick this up.

Posted by RisingBean

Looks good.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

I hope it's not like Velvet. That series wasn't for me.

Posted by Cap10nate

The only thing I like better than Brubaker and Phillips is Brubaker and Epting. Definitely getting this

Edited by dotwilson

didnt hear about this book till this review... sounds amazing. big fan of the 40's hollywood vibe.. bout to get my raymond chandler on

Posted by IDontLikeBirds

You could have made this article much shorter and just said "New Image series" and I would pretty much be sold.

Edited by CuddlyPlane

Can't explain how much excite is going through my veins

Edited by Fallschirmjager

Brubaker is killing it at Image.

Posted by Mucklefluga

I've been looking forward to reading this for a looong time.

Posted by JangoCrossfire

The essay at the back of the issue about actress Peg Entwistle by Badass Digest's Devin Faraci is pretty amazing too.

Posted by longbowhunter

Loved the issue. I splurged and ordered the oversized movie variant too.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

This was good. I can't wait to see how all of the pieces of the mystery start coming together. There's a good life lesson here too. Anytime you wake up and can't remember the night before, always check your pockets.

Edited by derf_jenkins

Excellent first issue!! I attempted to order the movie mag variant back in may...but the comic shop I go to failed to get any of them in stock. I wish I had that!

Edited by metalunahuman

It looks very interesting.

Posted by J_HickmanIsGod

is anyone surprised about how good this is?

i mean it is Ed Brubaker.

cant wait to read his other new Image titles for the next few years.

very stoked!