Fatale Book 1: Death Chases Me collects issues 1-5 of this on-going 2013 Eisner Award nominated series. This series along with such other titles as East of West, The Walking Dead, Spawn, and Invincible are quickly building the name of Image as a powerhouse of the comic book medium.
In a world overrun by capes and cowls, co-creators Brubaker and Phillips turned away from super heroics to tell a down and dirty noir. The story telling is engaging and you know that any slow points are fleeting, as this series is packed full of action and grotesqueness. It genuinely feels through the narration, dialogue, and artwork that this is truly set in the time period it claims. I have no doubt that Brubaker and Phillips are big fans of the noir genre and likely played many homages to classics.
Final Say: By the end of Fatale Book 1: Death Chases Me, I felt like I had been taken on a wild ride and am curious where the series goes from here. The finale was dramatic enough to give a sense of resolution to those who do not want to go further, while still engaging enough to get fans salivating over Fatale Book 2: The Devil's Business. The art was perfectly gritty and fitting for the genre, and the characters are memorable, if not sympathetic. My overall rating...
4 / 5