The Fade Out

The Fade Out

Act One

Graphic Novel - 2015
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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.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, Inc., [2015]
Copyright Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781632151711
1632151715
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm

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SPPL_Violet Mar 17, 2018

There's a lot to unravel in this mystery noir graphic novel. The art is great. Sean Phillips did a great job with styling the characters and the setting, but it's the colorist, Elizabeth Breitweiser, that shines here. The texture given to the clothing and the bits of color, in a cigarette or a lipstick, provide great visual clues. Throughout the whole novel, everything is cast in a permanent shadow, as if the story only takes place after dark in dimly lit clubs and seedy alleyways.

The writer includes real actors and people from the glamorous era of late 1940's Hollywood. Names such as Clark Gable and Ava Gardner. The artist did a great job with the likenesses.

The story is told from third-person point-of-view, with a narrator leading the reader through the story. Brubaker does a great job with the dialogue. The late 1940's were not a kind time, and many characters use racially charged epithets. There is quite a bit of nudity, sexism, and sexual harassment- and allusion to rape - in this novel.

Charlie is a screenwriter who awakens from a night of heavy partying with no recollection of the events of the previous night. He finds himself in a room with his friend, rising starlet Valery Sommers, who has been murdered. He escapes without a trace only to find that the police and the bigwigs in Hollywood have swept the whole thing under the rug and claimed suicide as the cause of Valery's death. Who killed Valery? Why the cover-up? What is going on in the seedy underbelly of the Hollywood elite? It's up to Charlie and his partner, Gil, who has been blacklisted as a communist, to find out.

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mclarjh
Jul 13, 2017

Glossy comic book equivalent of a pulp-fiction detective novel. Misogynistic.

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eecrites
Mar 29, 2017

"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."

a/o 3/29/17 The description for this book is actually for another book by the author Fatale. This is not the description for The Fade Out.

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joshua7279
Sep 22, 2016

A fun noir feeling mystery with plenty of action and intrigue. It's set during the golden age of Hollywood, but its not as pretty as some may think. Women are treated poorly, the drinks flow freely, and the government is paranoid about communists. Our main character finds himself trying to fill in the blurry gaps of a grand Hollywood hills party that turns deadly for a young actress, while the studio and other nefarious people attempt to cover it up. A great start to an interesting series. The writing is great and the art has a perfect dark and gritty feel for the story. Recommended for mature audiences (plenty of drinking, violence and nudity).

mvkramer May 04, 2016

At this point, Brubaker and Phillips could write anything and I would read it. Those men make some beautiful comics about ugly things. In this series, they're back to their old tricks - writing about screwed-up people in terrible situations. What makes The Fade Out unique is the setting - Golden Age Hollywood - and they use the juxtaposition of glamour and corruption to good effect. Great series. Worth picking up.

Really fun story. I got it just to see if it was any good and was kind of surprised. Takes place in 1940's. Reminded me of L.A. Confidential. I think it's an ongoing series, looking for the next one.

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mvkramer May 04, 2016

Sexual Content: Sex and nudity. Some dubious consent issues.

mvkramer May 04, 2016

Violence: Fistfights, murder, domestic violence.

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