Why you shouldn’t buy the first volume of the Fatale deluxe edition.
Because you already know how awesome this series is and you already have all five collected volumes by the dream team of writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips. And/or the individual issues.
Why you should by the first volume of the Fatale deluxe edition.
Because you’ve been living in a cave these last few years and haven’t realized, until now, how awesome the Fatale series, which mashes up noir thrillers with Lovecraftian horror, is.
Why Fatale is so good.
The artwork by Phillips, for one, along with the gloomy coloring of Stewart, which combine to give Fatale that noir-ish 1950s feel, though this look/style will continue as the storyline continues on through the decades up to contemporary times.
Why Fatale is so good.
The story by Brubaker, for two. He’s one of the comic book gods these days, with great runs on Daredevil, Catwoman, and Batman, as well as on his own great series Sleeper and Incognito. What he does with Fatale is change the femme fatale idea/cliché, making Jo, the main character (though perhaps never the protagonist) through all these stories, sympathetic, even as she remains fatale the men she meets.
Why you should get this deluxe edition of Fatale even if you have the other individual volumes.
This first volume of the deluxe edition collects the first two original volumes, in hardback version.
Also included are some critical essays on the series, including the intro by Megan Abbott, and two with historical perspective by Jess Nevins
And you get two essays by Brubaker and Phillips, talking about how and why they came up with the series.
And there are many bonus pages of art in the back.
I’ve been in a cave. What is Fatale about?
The story follows Jo, a woman who seems to attract men to her, without sometimes even wanting them to. How or why this happens will only be hinted at in these first two volumes, though we may never ever really find out why, except to say that Jo may not be a ‘who’ but a ‘what’. The protagonist/narrators are the men she comes across, who are both good and bad and in between, some of who want to help her, some want to kill her.
Is Fatale really that good?
Come on, really?
Look for my review of Fatale Volume 5: Curse The Demon, coming soon. Curse the Demon is out now, though. In fact, just buy that too. But you’ll really want to read the first four volumes, though each volume does stand alone. But trust me, you’ll want the whole shebang. You too will be drawn to Jo…..
My review/essay on Brubaker and Phillips and their new (also noir-ish) project The Fade Out, here.
My review of FATALE volume 4: Pray For Rain, here.