Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips are one of the most consistent writer and artist teams in modern day comic books. They benefit from doing creator owned titles that aren’t meant to go on forever. They have a definitive story in mind and they get tell that story and build the world using building blocks of their own. They’ve had slam dunks which each series they’ve worked on. I’ve had the pleasure of reading them all except for Incognito; which I needed to rectify immediately. The title is made up of 2 two different miniseries, a 6 issue and 5 issue respectively.
As I dove in the first thing that came to mind was how much the world of this book was similar to their previous work, Sleeper. The idea that the events we are witnessing are based in the real world where super powered beings exist in a very small number, maybe only a handful. The story follows Zack Overkill a former super powered person who worked for a criminal named Black Death in the past. Zack and his brother Xander became targets that lead to Xander’s death. Fearing it was his own organization that was trying to kill them Zack turned informant against them and was placed into witness protection by SOS, a group that hides super power involvement from the population at large. He’s been forced to take drugs so his powers are gone and made to live a shitty pedestrian life by comparison.
Fatale is no stranger to our Cover Of The Day segment, but in honor of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ series wrapping up we thought we’d highlight a montage put together by the good folks over at A Criminal Blog (your home for all things BRUBAKER including a comprehensive timeline for the events in Fatale). The montage below culls all 24 issues of the horror/noir comic as well as the 5 covers for the trade paperbacks. It doesn’t get much better than this folks.
I tend to buy a lot of comics based both on my interest and the pedigree of the author without having read a single issue. It’s been known to bite me on the ass on occasion but more often than not I come away pleased with what I’ve read. Since returning to comic books Ed Brubaker has consistently dazzled me with almost everything I’ve picked up, but it’s his collaborations with artist Sean Phillips that I’ve loved the most. I could gush all day about Fatale and perhaps I will when the series wraps up in a few short months but I’m here today to discuss their first long form collaboration, Sleeper.
I don’t buy a lot of new single issue comics. To me it doesn’t make any sense to go buy 1 comic for 5 individual series that I will read in 10 minutes than forget what happened by the time the next issue is released. God forbid if it’s delayed too. I prefer to buy trades if I can, that way I feel like I accomplished something when I’m through. I can also get a whole storyline at once and perhaps even an ending/closure. I might be everything that’s wrong with the modern day comic industry.
With all that said, I probably keep an eye out on Amazon for trades that are being released more than most people. The month of July has some excellent releases on the docket that I’m looking forward to and you should too.
Saga Vol. 2
Release Date: July 2
Collects Issues #7-12
Saga has been one of the most critically acclaimed and interesting new series. In Vol. 1 we are introduced to Marko and Alana, two star crossed lovers on opposite sides of a galactic war. When they bear a child it forces them to go on the run and become fugitives. The book is populated with endlessly imaginative characters and landscapes. In general terms it would be considered Sci-Fi but it’s so much more than that. It’s a story of desperation, but ultimately of hope. Vol. 1 ended with them being able to escape the planet they were stranded on and head to outer space. Shit is going to get intergalactic in Vol. 2.
Today’s first Cover Of The Day is fresh off the comic racks. Fatale #14 is written by Ed Brubaker and drawn immaculately by his long time collaborator, Sean Phillips. Fatale is a series that has had a lot of excellent covers to choose from but when I saw this one I fell in love with it immediately. It appeals to the Indiana Jones and pulp nerd inside me. We’re talking Nazis, the occult, a hint of film noir and a badass heroine ready to kick some serious ass in the 1940’s. What’s not to like?
I had never heard of Fatale or read anything by Ed Brubaker. My evil compatriot, Martian Luthor Kang advised me based on my interests to check it out. After some preliminary research I found it was basically a film noir mixed with horror. Generally not being a fan of the horror genre I was a little put off at first. It seemed like an odd combination but to make it work it would have to be the proper balance between each genre, but it can be done.