Fatale #11 Review

Is it really necessary to journey back into the complicated history of this noir or will these one-and-done stories reek of unnecessary plot lines?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

The first of four standalone FATALE FLASHBACK issues, and a perfect place for new readers to jump on board. Welcome to 1930s California, a hard place to be for a girl on the run. Witness Josephine’s early days with the Femme Fatale curse, and see some of her elusive secrets revealed.

And remember each issue of FATALE contains extra content, articles and artwork that are not available anywhere but the printed single issues.

When this series first launched I’m sure many readers saw the name behind it and found themselves instantly jazzed at the prospect of digging into this narrative.  But little did they know that the depth surrounding our femme fatale would eventually lead to some increasingly strange things that even by the eleventh outing we would all still be scratching our heads.

Discovering monsters and inherent vagaries in the human existence seems to be a natural place for this saga but the series scribe, Ed Brubaker, continues to impress with how far he’s willing to take this fascinating romp.  Even in this latest script, as we journey to the past we find out just a little bit more about Jo as she discovers abstract details about her burden.  The arc in general is brilliantly constructed but there were a few moments were the rather hefty narration simply bogged down the pace of an otherwise intriguing affair.

The exceptional art by Sean Phillips brilliantly illuminates this comic book with the right level of authenticity and style.  His pencil strokes offer a degree of finesse as he lavishly details some very dynamic shots.  Truth is I literally have no complaints about the artwork, as it kept me thoroughly engaged from start to finish in a versatile visual dance that was full of the right stuff.

Fatale #11 is another great release that may suffer from some minor pacing issues but the overall package continues to impress.  Recommended.


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