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Fatale, Vol. 1: Death Chases Me

(Fatale #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  8,412 ratings  ·  614 reviews
Secrets, lies, horror, lust and monsters from the time before time all collide in Fatale, Book One: Death Chases Me.

In present day, a man meets a woman who he becomes instantly obsessed with, and in the 1950s, this same woman destroys the lives of all those who cross her path, on a quest for... what?

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' best-selling series will leave you craving
Paperback, Trade, 144 pages
Published June 27th 2012 by Image Comics
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Paranormal Noir?

I don't think I liked this one.

This guy meets Josephine and gets all hot and bothered about her. So her becomes obsessed with her and cheats on his PREGNANT WIFE with her.

Then he finds out the same chick was around and looks exactly the same in the 1950's.

This is an odd little book. I think it's me today because I've read two books that are out there and I haven't cared for either one.
In this one you have corrupt cops, cultish behavior and of course...tentacles!

I'm u
Also reviewed for TattooGirl Reads.

Tentacle Monster Alert!
If I were going to start worshiping a demon, he'd have to be the sexy kind. Not some gruesome bastard with bad teeth, you know?
Also, I'd want to get some decent perks out of it.
Some sort of useful power would be nice, robes made out of that soft jersey cotton, and (most importantly) I'd like a nice insurance package. Maybe even toss in a 401k and some retirement benefits?
I'm just throwing that out there for any of you who are considerin
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
So, I finally found the entire collection at my library but wanted to do a re-read of the first book because it's been YEARS since I've looked at it. Turns out, it was still fantastic and I'm glad I'm going to get the chance to read the rest of the story now!

Original review: 2014
Tentacle Monster Alert!
If I were going to start worshiping a demon, he'd have to be the sexy kind. Not some gruesome bastard with bad teeth, you know?
Also, I'd want to get some decent perks out of it.
Some sort o
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
L.A Confidential meets Lovecraftian horror? Sign me up!

The boss of neo-noir, Ed Brubaker brings life to roaring 50's with corrupt officers, investigative journalist, a fine dame (to kill for, literally), mafia bosses and .... uh.... well, here goes: evil cults, macabre deaths, blood magic, and tentacled monsters.

How do these even fit together?

The story starts in the year 2011 where we are introduced to Nicholas Nash and Josephine. After establishing those two characters, we jump to 1956
Jan Philipzig
A Mixed Bag

This book should have been right up my alley: I usually enjoy both pulpy noir and Lovecraftian horror stories, don't mind genre mashups, and generally adore the Brubaker-Phillips team. Yet the story did not grab me to the degree I had anticipated, and I think there are two reasons for that.

First, both Brubaker and Phillips have a very controlled, organized, low-key approach to storytelling. While this works brilliantly for the cynical attitude towards emotions that marks hardboiled fi
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Abbot & Costello. Mulder & Scully. Starsky & Hutch. Ben & Jerry. Now I’m adding Brubaker & Phillips to that list of great partnerships.

They had already shown that they can deliver terrific hard boiled stories in their Criminal series, and that they could also put clever twists on the superhero genre in Incognito and Sleeper.

With Fatale they’ve combined a gritty crime story with a disturbing horror tale and created a unique supernatural noir. It’s kind of like if James Cain and HP Lovecraft woul
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
You would think that Ed Brubaker + Sean Phillips + Noir + Horror = AWESOME, right?

Wrong. Because in this case, Ed Brubaker + Sean Phillips + Noir + Horror =

Sigh. I've been trying to think of what I liked about Fatale and since I couldn't come up with anything, I decided to downgrade my original rating from 2.5 to 2 stars. Sigh. I don't know why this didn't work for me. I guess it all just felt flat. The characters are one-dimensional and archetypical. The plot is based on your typical, very cli
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting noir-type story that slowly slides into something darker and more lovecraftian. Very subtle. A lot of good mystery.

In the interest of full disclosure, some of the male characters looked the same to me, and that led to some slight confusion. But I was reading it late at night after going to a party, so it's perhaps unfair of me to blame that on the comic.

Overall, some great storytelling in a unique sub-genre. I'm really looking forward to the second trade.

Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A couple of months ago I had a sudden hankering for noir. Now this isn't a subgenre I have much experience with. I've read a few short stories in the genre, but if I've read a noir novel, I can't remember (well, in the case of one, I don't want to remember it - see my previous reviews). Still, I had the fever, the fever for more noir. So I poked around the interwebs to do some research and stumbled on a few very positive reviews of Brubaker's Fatale that I felt I had to investigate (no pun inten ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
Anything having to do with the occult gives me the shivers.

In Fatale, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips attempt to combine Lovecraftian horror with noir/pulp fiction. It’s been done successfully before in the novel, Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg. Here it just provides some minor tingles.

The lynch pin that the plot revolves around is Josephine, a striking woman of indeterminate age and youth who weaves her life around a variety of men. Of course, any man that gets involved with her is not onl
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty good mix of noir and Lovecraftian strangeness. It takes a while to really get rolling but, by the end, it is pretty interesting.
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Nicolas Lash attends his godfather's funeral where he meets a mysterious woman (it is a noir novel, there has got to be one). He also finds himself an executor of his godfather's estate, so he gets to look at the papers left. Among papers he finds a manuscript of an unpublished novel - the late Hank was a famous writer. At exactly this moment a squad of goons shows up trying to kill Nicolas with some serious firepower; fortunately the woman from the funeral also makes a visit and saves Nicolas i ...more
Sleeping with Ghosts
A noir comic, as usual in Brubaker style. Sexy woman, organiced crime, dead bodies, smoke and all the stuff that makes the ambient for a noir comic. It was a little bit boring, but I like to read in English, to beyond my vocabulary.
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, comix, fiction, noir
But what good was it loving someone so perfect when you were watching yourself crumble to dust every morning in the mirror?

The reigning comic book world tag team champions of the world return for another round of awesome with a new series! This time around, Brubaker and Phillips are weaving together two genres, noir and Sci-Fi.

In Fatale, Nicolas attends the funeral of his Godfather, an author who in his later years, became a notorious shut-in. Following the funeral, Nicolas meets Jo, a mysteriou


Now, I will admit that I have not read much of Ed Brubaker’s works, other than one of his stories from his brief “X-Men” run, “Divided We Stand” which I kind of liked. So when I found out that Ed Brubaker had produced some well-acclaimed independent works, I just had to check them out! So, I guess you could say that the first comic book of Ed Brubaker’s independent works I had checked out was none other than “Fatale: Death Chases Me Book One” and man, was I blown away by this
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
‘Fatale: Death Chases Me’ is a delectable feast of gore, horror, mystery, and noir. Spanning the 1930’s, 1950’s through to present day, the complex and utterly captivating story masterminds a plot that is equally addictive as the concept behind Josephine, a timeless beauty who’s curse is gift in the eyes of men.

The artwork exemplifies noir, while the story is a fusion of Megan Abbott and Joe Hill (of which the author confessed inspiration upon). Brubaker and Phillips have great chemistry in bri
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Noir meets Lovecraft. I didn't even realize how much I wanted to read this before I Fatale. Brubaker, we all know, understands noir, and Sean Phillips's art style is perfectly suited, especially when much of the story is set in the 50s. The supernatural elements have been very carefully blended in, with a minimum of impact on the development of the characters that drive the story. I'm very interested to see where this is going, since I expect that Brubaker has some great twists planned out.
Stewart Tame
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve been on a bit of an Ed Brubaker kick lately. It's nice to find a comics writer who really knows how to do crime and mystery fiction well. I remember the days when Max Allan Collins’ Ms. Tree was pretty much it …

Fatale is sort of noir crossed with H.P. Lovecraft. We begin in present day San Francisco at the funeral of novelist Dominic Raines. Raines was Godfather to Nicolas Lash, who meets a mystery woman at the funeral. She tells him that her name is Jo, and that her grandmother and Raines
Sam Quixote
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
The book follows a mysterious beautiful woman - the Fatale of the title - called Jo who is attached to several men and, in true noir Femme Fatale fashion, proves to be the downfall of each of them. She's on a journey to escape the life she's leading - that of mistress to a detective who is getting more distant from her by the day - with a journalist but she's harbouring dangerous secrets and soon she's fighting for her life as a Demonic cult sets its sights on her as their next sacrifice.

Ed Brub
Nicolo Yu
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital-comics
One thing I realized that I loved about creator owned independent titles was how good the product in comparison to that creator's mainstream work. A great example would be Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips.

The critically acclaimed team of Brubaker and Phillips have work on some excellent material before. I've heard of Sleeper and Criminal, but I only really read their Incognito. With this team, the reader would expect some excellent crime noir stories. This is Fatale since the name already
A nice noir detective tale that uses narrative well and tosses in some old Lovecraftian horror to boot.

ARTWORK: B plus; STORY/PLOTTING/PANELS: B plus to A minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B to B plus; NOIR ELEMENTS: B to B plus; HORROR FOCUSES: B to B plus; WHEN READ: end of February 2013; OVERALL GRADE: B plus
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gritty, Nasty, Violent, & Seductive.

As graphic novels go, Brubaker and Phillips produce some of the best. Fatale Vol. 1 boasts gorgeous artwork, gritty, dark, and seductive. The story has more than one timeline and is filled with at least one incredible femme fatale -Josephine, gangsters, Corruption, dark rituals, cults, murder, and monsters.
Nicholas Karpuk
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I feel like this series combined two thing dude writer (as opposed to male writers, of course) use to excess these days, noir affectations and cthulu mythos.

The first story arc, collected in this book, didn't really leave me with much satisfaction or much interest in continuing onward. The title character herself had about as much characterization as femme fatales normally have in these sort of stories, which is to say, not much at all. She's a macguffin that gets men killed, but her actual mot
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I'm not gonna lie: with the story lines jumping around in this one, I got lost a few times. I enjoyed the story for the most part, but it may take another read-through to find my bearings for volume two. I typically love Brubaker, Phillips, and noir so I will continue at this point.

Update: It made a little more sense in a reread, but still not Brubaker/Phillips' best work.
Someone recommended me this, based on the fact that I like noir fiction and I enjoyed Brubaker’s run on Captain America. It’s a mix of noir and horror, and just on those grounds, I don’t think it really worked for me. The femme fatale trope can be fun, but I never really got into this. Maybe it’s a bit too much of a mash-up of genres for me? And I didn’t feel that they used the form to best effect: there were so many text boxes telling me what was going on, and everything was so dark and dingy I ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Since I usually dig Brubaker (whether he's scripting Batman or Captain America) I wanted to give his take on a film noir / pulp fiction-turned-horror story a fair shake. However, it wasn't particularly enjoyable or riveting. While the artwork (capturing 'Bay Area' California in the 50's) was first-rate the characters were not really fleshed out enough, and the genre mixing was more 'miss' than 'hit.'
David Schaafsma
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-crime, gn-horror
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips teamed to do the really fine Criminal series, so I thought I would try this ambitious idea since it looks quite a bit like the gorgeous Criminal series. This one attempts to connect noir/pulp to Lovecraftian horror, and while this has been done and could be done well, and is an interesting idea (e.g., could supernatural horror be part of the horrors of the criminal world? It worked for the murderous Macbeth!), it isn't quite pulled together in my opinion. The idea o ...more
James DeSantis
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another knockout from the best team in comics.

So this one starts off a tad confusing. In current day a guy finds the scripts of his grandfather (or father maybe, I forget) and it's a story of a woman who has the power to manipulate people by telling them what to do while also being in a relationship with another cop, when at the same time the guy who she's controlling is married and then these crooked mobsters come after his wife and then the rest of them. Sounds confusing? It is a bit but very
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I agree with most of the other three star reviews. It's not his best despite the wonderfully consistent artwork from Phillips.

There's something missing. Suspense!
Tom Mathews
Good graphics and a noir plot with a Lovecraftian twist. I enjoyed it even more the second time around.
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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central and Uncanny X-Men. In more recent years, he has focused solely on creator-owned titles

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