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Fatale, Vol. 4: Pray for Rain

(Fatale #4)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,815 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, and ritual killers all collide in the strangest and most exciting volume of Fatale yet. A strange woman with no memory stumbles into the lives of a struggling grunge band in mid-'90s Seattle... Is she their muse? Will she save them from "one-hit wonder" status? Or will she be something much worse, especially since there's a psycho killer on her tra ...more
Paperback, Trade, 144 pages
Published February 12th 2014 by Image Comics
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Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
★★★½ Stars

Brubaker unleashes a fresh bout of blood, gore, sex and fucked up characters in this volume of Fatale, and the end game seems to be just around the corner.

The story opens with Nash, who finds himself in a rather inconvenient position since the shocking last act of volume two. But if Josephine has taught us anything, It's about how nothing is permanent.

But once again, and probably for the last time, the story's focus is not on the present, but the past. And this time, we are going to
Jan Philipzig
Wait a minute, did the story just jump from the sleazy 1970's straight to the grungy 90's? What about the wavy 80's - my time?! Okay, I get it, the neon clothing and the big hair wouldn't look very noirish... Oh well, I actually enjoyed the grunge setting quite a bit (even though I was never into grunge music), and this volume generally felt more organic than the two previous ones. Glad I stuck with the series - it may still not be Brubaker's best, but who else is gonna deliver a noir comic of t ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
So, we've made it to the '90s!
Nick is still in jail awaiting trial for murder and going through his uncle's (now published) book, looking for clues to whatever is happening to him and Josephine.


And Josephine?
Well, she's got amnesia and has taken up with a has-been grunge band's lead singer. Hijinks ensue as the band goes on to rob banks, have sex, write a song, and slowly go insane.


So why does she have amnesia in the first place?
Well, (view spoiler)
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I graduated high school in '87. After the glam rock of that period (which I despised - I was more on an Anthrax/Motorhead/Metallica kind of guy), the whole grunge scene just seemed pretty flat to me, like it was so anti-poser that it became it's own kind of posing. While I liked that first single by Nirvana (you know the one I'm talking about), I didn't much like anything else they put out. And while Pearl Jam had its moment and Soundgarden made a more lasting impression, with Alice in Chains sh ...more
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Suffering from amnesia, Jo stumbles into the lives of a struggling grunge band in mid-1990s Seattle. Initially unaware of her power over the opposite sex, the musicians become inspired and begin writing new, powerful music that could break their status as “one-hit wonders”. Unfortunately, these flannel-wearing rockers are not the first men who have fallen under Jo’s spell as a figure from her past threatens their newfound success.

When I finished the final page of Pray for Rain, I had to go back
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
Definitely kicks the story up a notch. I've heard the series will be ending soon, and there's a definite sense that things are coming to a head. The 90s Seattle setting is a welcome change from previous volumes, and I like the way that this storyline manages to flow and hold together, despite being framed by action in the future. I honestly hadn't predicted the turn the ending would take, and it definitely feels like the beginning of the end. Once the next and probably last volume gets released, ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love this series, but I will admit I felt less than completely satisfied with this book.

The storytelling is good, but it's primarily flashbacks and Worldbuilding with very little movement of the main story arc.

And yes, I'm aware of the irony here, me complaining that someone's story is too flashback-y. Me, whose entire trilogy is effectively a 90% flashback.

The other stipulation that I'd like to throw in here is that I usually read comics in big binges, entire stories at a time. 5-6 trades a
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

I think I'm starting to get tired of this series; this volume seemed pretty long and meandering. I still don't feel like enough questions are being answered and worse, the one other woman besides Josephine/Jane that appears ends up in a girl-fight sorta with Josephine.

Have I ever mentioned that I hate our society wants to pit women against each other? Fighting over men mostly or that one lousy job at work? Yeah, I hate it. I want to dislike a person because they are a jerk, not bec
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Volume four in the graphic novel saga of Josephine, the immortal femme fatale, has a bit of a different pace than the other volumes. Set in grunge nineties Seattle, it features an amnesiac Josephine, a struggling rock band who robs banks to make ends meet. In some ways, it's almost an interlude from the main storyline. ...more
Scott Rhee
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In 1991, I was a college freshman, and the soundtrack of my life at that time was grunge. Indeed, Nirvana’s “Nevermind” was the album that single-handedly got me through that rough, awkward first year of college. Pearl Jam was cool. I dug Soundgarden. But Nirvana was my jam. It was my lifeblood. It was my teen spirit, and I smelled like it.

Seriously, I did smell. I had really long hair. I wore a lot of flannel, ripped jeans, and combat boots. (Actual combat boots that I bought at an Army/Navy st
Afro Madonna
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a hypnotic yet confusing book . Sigh.
Tom Mathews
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
More fun and horror from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, this time it's in Seattle in the 1990s and grunge music is the rage. ...more
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the spoiler free review of Fatale, the full series, a Lovecraftian noir graphic novel from the minds of Brubaker and Phillips. If you would like to read the spoiler full version complete with all of the weird monsters and revelations please visit

This was my introduction to the works of Brubaker and Phillips. And a solid one at that! I am excited to keep reading their dark noir graphic novels after this one.

Fatale is about a woman named Jo. She is
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
oh yay I am really looking forward to the last volume. This has been such a fun ride so far.
Sina Tavoosi
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Best one so far.
C. Varn
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
We go back to our Nicholas Lash framing story and a flashback to Josephine in the 1990s and her relationship to a "Satanic" grunge band who also are bank robbers. The confluence of neo-noir, Lovecraftian horror, and a elements of a movie like "True Romance." The treatment of non-Josephine female characters in this book is actually declining and not in a way that really adds to the story.

Nicolas Lash is in jail for the murder of the women who stole the manuscript, and things get ore hairy from t
3.5 stars, rounded up. This volume wraps up Jo’s past and finally brings everything full circle with Nicolas Lash.

Present Day - Nicolas Lash is in jail awaiting trial for the murder of the woman who stole the manuscript from him in volume two. Then the book appears in his jail cell, apparently having been published since it was stolen from him. But then he realizes pieces are missing from it and is on a mad hunt to figure out what the hell is going on. A hunt that will bring him into the path o
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Back to the world of reading! Thanks for all the well wishes on my return. Shit happens, and sometimes we don't get to do what we like...

Anyhoo...I started Fatale a year ago, and it's been nearly that long since I read Vol. 3, so this was LONG LONG LONG overdue.

It was worth the wait.

While it somehow spins the wheels on the overall story, there are some important developments. We run into Nic, in prison after his run in with Jo, but he ends up being broken out by someone very unexpected with a co
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: image
We get a little closer to modern times, with an arc set in 90's Seattle. Naturally, with it being the 90's, the arc is set around a Grunge Rock group. Josephine's power effects the band members as you'd expect, and death follows quickly.

This arc gives Phillips the chance to do something a little out of his comfort zone, by having a scene which is Josephine dancing to a song, and having everyone who witnesses fall in love with her. It's a really good scene, and almost a more... morbid? take on s
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Supernatural Noir that continues to be intriguing and fun! This one goes into the '90s, ...
... my favorite line?

Rebecca Dawkins
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh this series is so good but the twist at the end of this volume was amazing!
Kyle Berk
I’m four volumes deep into this story. I’m hooked, I love it.

I feel the same way about this story that the men feel about Josephine.

The story this time follows Nelson in the present day as his story edges closer to an end. But the real star is Josephine, it’s another tale of tragedy this time concerning a whole band of one hit wonders in a house they can’t afford anymore. Until Josephine comes into their lives with a fresh case of amnesia because of some twisted man who grew up in the shadow of
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: digital, paranormal, x2020
(4,4 of 5 for nice "grunge" themed part of Fatale)
And again, Ed tries to find some new surroundings for Jo's adventure. This time with (but not only) some post-Cobain era band in decline. It's fun, it's thrilling and it's noir-y. Brubaker is a great writer and his collaboration with Phillips is always fruitful. Thus Fatale is great comics, even with its fourth book. But I can sense it starts to lose its breath. But luckily, Ed knows when to wrap the story up so there is only one bok ahead which
This was a lot better than the third volume. Things are finally starting to add up (kind of) and this volume wasn't so jumpy from the last one. In this volume, we start with Jo having problems remembering who she was. She has no memories from her past or even her name. She ends up naked in from of a 90s band's home in Seattle. They give her a new alias, Jane, and things start going out of hand quick. They soon discover Jo (Jane) is not like any other woman. She has special powers that are more d ...more
Emma Craven
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shit just keeps getting weirder and weirder and I can't help but love it. This series is such a guilty pleasure for me. Murder, sex, gore, supernatural creatures...what's not to like? I must say that the whole time I was reading this volume, in the back of my mind I couldn't help but thinking over and over, how the hell does Josephine's hair stay so perfect?! When she wakes from the dead, or is causing unintentional murders, even running through the woods covered in blood wearing nothing but a s ...more
Steven Shaviro
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' heady mixture of film noir and Lovecraftian horror is quite brilliant. You really feel for the main character, the "femme fatale" who has become the focus of supernatural forces of which she is the beneficiary, but over which she has no control. She "ruins" men, as is the main characteristic of the noir archetype; but this is a role she has been trapped in, and of which she is the unfortunate victim. In this way, the combination of noir and horror provides a sort o ...more
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is where I probably call it quits. I did not hate this series, but at this point I'm getting a little bored without getting any sort of clarity on who Jo really is. What is her story? Who are these men chasing her and what kind of monsters are they? All we get are stories of her many conquests and how these men fall under the power of her gaze. I still fail to see what is so compelling about her besides her looks, but maybe it's just supposed to be a curse she's burdened with. Four books in ...more
Chris  - Quarter Press Editor
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
The series continues to get better. I like where this is headed, and I can't wait to see how it all wraps up in the final volume.

Again, I love the ideas at work here, and Brubaker seems to be nailing.

However, the omniscience, once again, bothers me a bit, as I feel like it falls into telling. This wouldn't be as much of an issue if Brubaker wasn't already doing such a fabulous job of showing these emotions and ideas. It seems to me that he's not quite trusting his readers as he should.

Still, it
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels, noir
It had been so long since I read the previous volumes that I was honestly confused for a while. Some of it came back to me and I liked the story of Amsterdam; it was a little sad and crazy and I still love the artwork but this is beginning to feel like one of those series where I need to wait until the series ends to read the whole thing so that I can maintain a handle on the overarching story line.
Dave Schaafsma
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-horror, gn-crime
The last volume had Josephine in four different historical settings and they revealed different aspects of the world and arc. This one is set in grunge northwest US, and gets gory. It doesn't to my mind advance the overall story arc all that much, but it is creepy, well done. And there's something sort of anti-grunge in this tale that could be sort of amusing depending on your view of that scene. I thought it was funny, anyway. ...more
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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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