January 2012 saw Image Comics release Fatale from the creative team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips – a partnership that has brought us previous highlights like Criminal, Sleeper & Incognito.
Another noir tale from the duo but they seemed to be able to separate this from their previous work with an element of the occult being introduced in a glorious world created by Phillips. Issue #1 (reviewed here) flew off the shelves and 2012 started in the best possible way – a new Image release that was an instant hit with the comic-masses and they soon developed this into the title that left you thinking, the title that made you look for the release date of its next issue and made you wonder just where the hell it would go next.
A rich depth to the art from Phillips steeped the world in that noir/occult vibe they were aiming for as they’re ideas became a mix of detective story & some typically obscure moments. What made things better was that this creator-owned work was something they both focused on throughout the year, striving to meet that monthly release mark and keep the mystery going. Something that we discussed with Sean Phillips back in late-January among other things when he visited Forbidden Planet in Glasgow as he promoted the title and gave us our first interview of the year (link here).
With first printings of the first few issues selling out fast – those second print variants hit the shelves too so this saw Image Comics year get off to a flying start. There’s the added bonus of the January 2013 release of issue #12 being a perfect jumping on point for new readers….so there’s your chance to get into this and no doubt go back to those previous issues….you won’t be disappointed.
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