The Fade Out #2

by RobertJCross on October 01, 2014

Written by: Ed Brubaker
Art by: Sean Phillips

If I was to tell you that there was a comic book that was about as close to perfection as you could get, what would you tell me? You'd probably say I was crazy and you'd be half-right (if only because of my own personality) because that comic never existed, UNTIL The Fade Out. This is one of those comic books that I'm going to buy the hardcover edition of, just for fun, because I'l have ten copies of different editions of the TPB sitting on my shelf at home already. I should probably stop giving so much praise and tell you the meat of this issue's story. It picks up in the wake of the last issue with the repercussions of Ms. Sommers' murder and the inner struggle of Charlie. It's a mesmerizing follow-up.

Brubaker takes no prisoners with his writing, except for his captivated audience. I hope that one day they teach a college course on his material, I'd take it just to learn how to write dialogue. The interplay between Charlie and his "Red Scare outted" friend Gil is about as amazing as dialogue can ever get in a comic book. On top of that, everything Charlie says and doesn't say about the murder leaves you with so much tension in your gut that you'd think you had a stake in every move he made. Excellent beyond all comprehension. GIVE ME THE NEXT ISSUE!!

Phillips brings the house down again as well. These two are the Batman and Robin of comic book creation, it's hard to describe it any other way. The art just meshes with the words and sends subtle notes of the era it's trying to portray into your subconscious. I also love what Phillips does with coloring, the blocks of color that make up a whole palette were amazing to look at. And of course, he is a master of getting the era and setting together in a panel. Bravo!

I don't think I have to sell you on it if you've read the first issue already, but if you are still not convinced...look down at the score. ;-)

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Kalem Lalonde's picture
I love The Fade Out, and now I'm even more excited to read this issue!