Brubaker and Phillips' newest hit series, The Fade Out , is an epic noir set in the world of noir itself, the backlots and bars of Hollywood at the end of its Golden Era. Read more...
Brubaker and Phillips' newest hit series, The Fade Out, is an epic noir set in the world of noir itself, the backlots and bars of Hollywood at the end of its Golden Era. A movie stuck in endless reshoots, a writer damaged from the war and lost in the bottle, a dead movie star and the lookalike hired to replace her. Nothing is what it seems in the place where only lies are true. The Fade Out is Brubaker and Phillips' most ambitious project yet
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-03-23
- Reviewer: Staff
This noir graphic novel by the prolific and award-winning Brubaker-Phillips team (Criminal, Fatale) is set in 1950s Hollywoodland and follows the mysterious murder of Valeria Sommers, a young movie star. Screenwriter Charlie Parish goes against his instincts as he tries to unravel what really happened to her and the scandal at the rotten core of the movie studio system. Brubaker honors and echoes the noir genre without stumbling into parody. Third-person captions provide insight into despicably selfish characters that still remain relatable and sympathetic. The superior art by Phillips combines effortlessly clear narrative with hazy, half-remembered dreams. Elizabeth Breitweiser’s colors establish the mood and atmosphere of a post-war Los Angeles where danger waits around every corner. The “act one” of the book’s title accurately describes its major flaw: this is only the beginning of the story. Like a held-in breath, there is no release of tension, nor is the mystery of Valeria’s death answered. But it’s a strong beginning to a serial mystery that offers a fresh spin on the genre. (Mar.)