“A fun, fast read that is fully engaging.
The multiple story lines and deeply flawed characters will keep the reader invested. Some of the content is for a mature audience, but this should not deter a worthy library purchase. For fans of Brubaker and Phillips, film noir,
and Golden Age Hollywood stories.” - Library Journal
Brubaker and Phillips' newest hit series, The
Fade Out, is an epic noir set in the world of noir itself, the backlots and bars of Hollywood at the end of its Golden Era. A movie stuck in endless reshoots, a writer damaged from the war and lost in the bottle, a dead movie star and the lookalike hired to replace her. Nothing is what it seems in the place where only lies are true. The Fade Out is Brubaker and Phillips'
most ambitious project yet!
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The Fade Out, Volume 1 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Los Angeles 1948. Charlie Parish wakes up after a wild party in an actress apartment. The problem is that the actress is lying in the apartment murdered. Charlie sneaks away from the apartment and is later stunned when he finds out that the murder has been covered up as a suicide. Now is he plagued by guilt that he didn't report it and he also knows that there is a murderer out there... A really good story that actually captured my interest more than I thought it would. I was a bit surprised how much I enjoyed the graphic novel, mostly because I wasn't really that fond of the art, it was OK, but nothing spectacular. But when I came to the ending, I just wanted more, so now I'm waiting to read vol. 2!
More Brubaker / Phillips film noir tribute Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips being us a look at the dark side of Hollywood à la Elmore Leonard. Having recently read Criminal and Fatale Deluxe, these stories get a little samey. However they are entertaining, well-written and well-illustrated. Our “hero” is a screenwriter with links to blacklisted screenwriters during the McCarthy era. He investigates the death of a starlet who, like many starlets, is exploited sexually and treated as a pin-up. Other unsavoury characters, mainly men, abound. There are no really likeable characters, deliberately so as most of those working in Hollywood at the time were particularly sleazy. This is only Act One and the collection ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. Fans of the creative duo will not be disappointed.
Well that was weird. But the mystery theme, vibe was good.