Saturday, July 6, 2013


FATALE: BOOK THREE- WEST OF HELL (Image, 2013; Softcover)
Collects Fatale Nos. 11-14 (cover dates January- May, 2013)
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Sean Phillips
Colorists: Elizabeth Breitweiser and Dave Stewart

Great comic books excite me. Living through a great era of comic books is even more exciting, because I always have this feeling that the best is yet to come. Brubaker and Phillips are the Lennon and McCartney of crime comics. Fatale is crime/Noir with Horror overtones. It's like a bowl of French Vanilla ice cream with chocolate chip cookies thrown in. 
Josephine is apparently not the first woman with these abilities, or condition, as it may be. We're still not sure what she is exactly, but we're getting warmer. Things get turned on their head as we are shown more glimpses into her past as we are spun around and are looking toward the beginning now. 
The artwork and coloring are great. They fit the mood of the story perfectly. I love how these issues are all done-in-ones that form a greater whole when read together. This is an almost lost art in modern comics, with padded made-for-the-trade arcs and endless crossovers. Fatale remains one of the best titles out there today. If you are currently not reading this, then I strongly urge you to consider it. I know that there are a plethora of titles on the racks today and things can get by you. They get by me all the time. It is not too late to dive in and discover Fatale.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 5 out of 5.

The OCD zone- Image makes nice trade paperbacks.
Paper rating: 5 out of 5. Very nice coated stock paper, dull matte with a very slight sheen. It feels wonderful.
Binding rating: 4 out of 5. Glued binding.
Cardstock cover coating rating: 4.75 out of 5. The lamination on the cover isn't as nice as what DC or Marvel is using these days but should prove to be durable with repeated handling and wear and tear on your bookshelf.

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