Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Sean Phillips
Release Date: October 3, 2012
If this is what Ed Brubaker is leaving super-hero comics to produce then I say “go for it, Ed, go for it.” Please note that this is coming from a person who got back into comic book reading because of Ed Brubaker’s Captain America, so those words do not come from my mouth lightly.
Fatale #8 is one hell of an issue in what has been a brilliantly weaved series full of all kinds of pulpy creepiness. This script bleeds tension and each issue of Fatale feels as though it is building to a massive conclusion when all of this comes to a head. Brubaker is telling a tale like I have never read before in comics. This is an eerie psychological thriller with the perfect amount creepy factor for my tastes. The world of Fatale is filled with some gruesome and disgusting things, but Brubaker keeps them on the periphery of this issue. The fear of them is there, but Brubaker keeps the reader always on edge by having the terror looming the back of our minds at all times. These characters feel exceptionally real at all times and Brubaker is, quite simply, putting out some of the best material of his career.
Sean Phillips is no slouch, either. His art is consistently solid, and his use of shadows in this issue (and series) is fantastic. The panel structures of this issue are fantastic and Phillips’ art actually gave me chills in sections. The nightmare sequence was executed brilliantly and Phillips does a great job of shifting from noir realism to terrifying horror in the blink of an eye, dancing between the two genres with seamless precision. The detailed backgrounds of panels, especially any time Hansel is concerned, showcases the horrifying world we are reading about while keeping the focus on the characters, which is really what Fatale is all about.
Fatale #8 is yet another example that Brubaker and Phillips are one of the best creative teams in comics, bar none.