A DAME TO DIE FOR IN FATALE: DELUXE EDITION
Posted on February 6, 2014 by Jennifer de Guzman
Hardcover edition of the Eisner-nominated series out in March from Image Comics
Josephine is everything a femme fatale should be—beautiful, alluring, dangerous. And she’s also cursed. The heroine of the Image Comics series FATALE by Ed Brubaker (VELVET, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Sean Phillips (Criminal) is irresistible to men, who will do anything to be with her once they’ve fallen under her spell, inevitably leading to their ruin and unimagined horrors. Immortal, Josephine must bear witness to their suffering again and again as she struggles to unravel the mystery of her own existence.
A lush combination of crime noir and Lovecraftian horror, FATALE was nominated for five Eisner Awards in 2013 (Best Continuing Series, Best New Series, Best Writer, Best Penciller/Inker, Best Cover Artist). And now Image Comics is proud to announce a special hardcover edition that collects the first ten issues of the critically acclaimed series. In this first volume, Josephine’s quest will lead her into the depths of an ancient evil, a path that takes her from 1950s San Francisco, where crooked cops hide deeper evils, to mid-'70s L.A., where burnt-out actors and ex-cult groupies are caught in a web around a Satanic snuff film.
Fatale: Deluxe Edition Volume One is a 288-page full color, oversized hardbound book, packed with behind-the-scenes extras from the creative team, including art, stories, sketches, and layouts. The collection will also include several essays on genre fiction by Jess Nevins, which previously appeared only in the single issues.
FATALE creators Brubaker and Phillips made news in January when they announced a revolutionary five-year publishing deal with Image Comics at the publisher’s Image Expo event. Image Comics, the largest independent comic book publisher in the United States, will be the sole publisher of the team’s work, giving the the longtime collaborators freedom to develop whatever new projects they choose. After FATALE ends at issue #24, their first new work will be THE FADE OUT, a crime story set in 1940s Hollywood.
- Fatale Deluxe Edition Volume One by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Dave Stewart
- ISBN 978-1-60706-942-3
- 288 pages, full color, hardbound
- Collects FATALE #1-10, plus bonus material
- In comic book stores March 5, 2014
- In bookstores, Amazon, and BN.com March 18, 2014
- Available for pre-order now
Praise for FATALE:
“The top-notch team of Brubaker and Phillips (known for their collaborations on Criminal and Sleeper) launch another series that gives familiar tropes an entertaining tweak…. [A]ny resemblance to standard detective fare ends there, as the creators mix in magic, cults, human sacrifice, and the possibility of eternal life to create a potent cocktail with any number of twists. Brubaker doesn’t write a word more than necessary, and Phillips’ scenery has all the right angles, evoking a film-noir feel without slavish imitation. If the words ‘last call’ make you think of ‘The Call of Cthulhu,’ this is your kind of hard-boiled tale.” –Keir Graff, Booklist (starred review)
“The minute Nicolas Lash encounters Jo, femme fatale extraordinaire with more dark secrets than Faust, things go from bad to worse in this captivating noir. Occult forces and gut-wrenching horror collide in 1950s San Francisco, as a corrupt cop and a smitten reporter go toe-to-toe over Jo, an ageless beauty with the looks of a Vargas girl and the heart of a rattle snake, who is desperate to escape the grasp of a satanic cult and their demonic, shape-shifting leader. Graced with a suspenseful plot that has more twists and turns than an alpine road, and deliberately understated artwork, Fatale boasts both intrigue and an atmosphere that feels as densely bleak as a San Francisco mist at the tip of Fisherman’s Wharf at dawn. Colorist Dave Stewart deserves special mention for his subtle, highly evocative use of neutral tones and earthy shades. This is a universe of darkness and gray shadows, and the palette perfectly fits the angst-ridden, desolate, catch-22 world of supernatural horror the protagonists must face-off against. Immortality may be a double-edged sword, but it’s one the intoxicating Jo wields with a boundless grace in this addictive page-turner.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)
More of Fatale
July 30, 2014
IT ALL ENDS HERE! The final extra-length issue of FATALE! There’s so much story that we needed a lot more room. Will Josephine’s final secrets be revealed? Will there be much tragedy? Will Brubaker and Phillips fans love all the crazy extras jammed into this special final issue? Yes, yes, and yes.
June 18, 2014
The strangest issue of FATALE yet, as Nicolas Lash finally learns the last of Josephine's secrets, and the universe will never look the same. Don't forget that every issue of FATALE contains extra art and articles not available anywhere but the single issues!
March 26, 2014
Part two of the most intense arc of FATALE so far! Nicolas Lash and Josephine finally meet again, as everything we know about Fatale gets flipped on its side... when the hunted becomes the hunter.
And don't forget all the back page extras and articles you can only find in FATALE's single issues every month!
February 12, 2014
NEW STORY ARC!
Nicolas Lash is in the deepest trouble possible, and there's only one person who can save him now... the problem is, trouble is her business.
And don't forget all the back page extras you can only find in FATALE's single issues every month!
January 8, 2014
Rock 'n' roll, robbery, and ritual murder collide in '90s Seattle as the fourth arc of FATALE comes to a shattering conclusion... and the secret identity of Nic's present day helper is revealed. Is he who he claims to be?
And remember each issue of FATALE contains extra content, articles, and artwork that are not available anywhere but the printed single issues.
November 6, 2013
NOMINATED FOR MORE 2013 EISNER AWARDS THAN ANY OTHER COMIC!
Everything goes wrong when Josephine appears in a Seattle band's music video, and her effect on those who desire her runs wild, as the most exciting arc of Fatale continues.
And remember, each issue of FATALE contains extra content, artwork and articles that are only available in the printed single issues.
September 25, 2013
The Bishop disappeared in Los Angeles in the late '70s, in a fiery scream, but he's never really been gone, and now he's finally got Jo's scent again. And remember each issue of FATALE contains extra content, articles and artwork that are not available anywhere but the printed single issues.
August 7, 2013
Nicolas is on Josephine's trail of secrets, and they lead him back to 1990s Seattle, where a rock band, a gang of bank robbers, and a wandering serial killer all circle around a mysterious woman with no memory... And remember, each issue of FATALE contains extra content, artwork and articles that are only available in the printed single issues.
June 26, 2013
- Story By: Ed Brubaker
- Art By: Sean Phillips
- Colored By: Elizabeth Breitweiser
- Cover By: Sean Phillips
A NEW ARC BEGINS!FATALE finally arrives in modern times, as Nicolas Lash's research from his prison cell draws out old enemies. And him with nowhere left to run. And remember each issue of FATALE contains extra content, articles and artwork that are not available anywhere but the printed single issues.