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The Fade Out

The Fade Out #3

by Alan Rapp on November 24, 2014

in Comics

The Fade Out #3The latest issue of The Fade Out turns its attention away from the murder of starlet Valeria Sommers (for the most part) and the troubles of screenwriter Charlie Parish to focus on Valeria’s replacement Maya Silver. Troubled by a scumbag of an agent and a dangerous ex-husband, Maya has finally hit the big time by stepping into the role vacated by Valeria’s death.

Although most of the issue is dedicated to Maya, several pages are presented from the perspective of studio owner Victor Thursby, a somewhat lost soul still seeking the unbridled lust of his youth and obsessed with the dead starlet which leads to an awkward moment between the studio head and the dead woman’s replacement.

Although I’m not enjoying The Fade Out as much as Velvet (or the best issues of the now complete Fatale), writer Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips continue to keep my interest by shining a light into the dark corners of post-WWII Hollywood and continuing to slowly build out the world of Victory Street Pictures. Worth a look.

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The Fade Out #1

by Alan Rapp on October 4, 2014

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The Fade Out #1While I was busy moving and trying to keep up with the regular list of titles on my pull list Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips released the first issue of The Fade Out. Wasting no time after wrapping up Fatale, the new noir series is set in post-WWII Hollywood during the Red Scare. With a second printing of the first issue timed with the release of issue #2 (which I have yet to get to) I can begin to see what I’ve missed.

The Fade Out #1 opens with a flawed protagonist, screenwriter Charlie Parish, who wakes up from a crazy Hollywood party to find his movie’s star dead in the other room and no answers for how he or she got there. Fearful of how it looks, Charlie removes any signs of his presence and the studio’s security chief goes even further to re-stage the crime scene to appear like a suicide.

Although it lacks the strong female lead of Velvet or Josephine, there’s much to recommend here as Brubaker and Phillips go all-in for a period crime story with all the trimmings (making use of research assistant Amy Condit) whose motives may take quite some time to unravel. Worth a look.

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