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The Fade Out Volume 1
by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips
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Los Angeles 1948. Charlie Parish wakes up after a wild party in an actress apartment. The problem is that the actress is lying in the apartment murdered. Charlie sneaks away from the apartment and is later stunned when he finds out that the murder has been covered up as a suicide. Now is he plagued by guilt that he didn't report it and he also knows that there is a murderer out there...
A really good story that actually captured my interest more than I thought it would. I was a bit surprised how much I enjoyed the graphic novel, mostly because I wasn't really that fond of the art, it was OK, but nothing spectacular. But when I came to the ending, I just wanted more, so now I'm waiting to read vol. 2!
I received this copy from the publisher through Netgalley in return for an honest review!
Hello? You had me at old-timey noir Hollywood murder graphic novel.
The Fade Out has a great setting in the hey days of Hollywood. Screenwriter Charlie Parish wakes up from a drunken stupor next to a dead actress. With no recollection of his actions, he flees the scene only to learn that the studio has fixed it to make it look like a suicide to avoid scrutiny. Unfortunately, there were too many characters, despite a two page summary with illustrations, and I found the story slow, wandering, and too dark and bloody.
I love it when Ed Brubaker does noir. I never thought he would do an L.A. Confidential / Black Daliah kind of book without monsters, lasers, and all sorts of comic book actions. This was a slow burn that kept the mystery going until the end. Its the kind of comic that people who don't read superheroes but love mystery should read.
I read this book via NetGalley. I thank them for this book.
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Modern day reporter Nicolas Lash learns of a secret involving an ageless woman who has been on the run since the 1930s, while reporter Hank Raines meets the same woman in 1950s San Francisco.
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