Bullets: The Fade Out, Fatale, Criminal Reprints, and More!
• The Fatale Finale Reviews and Interviews. The aggregator site Comic Book Roundup has links to seven very positive reviews from critics for Fatale #24, and I've seen additional praise from The Outhousers, FangirlNation, and I'd Rather Be Reading Comics. The only mixed review I've seen is from The Savage Critics; I think Abhay Khosla makes a stronger argument that the story's expanding scope may have slowed its momentum than he does that the story's conclusion is chauvinistic.
If those positive reviews aren't enough, Eat Geek Play provided a list of six reasons everyone should read Fatale, and Nothing But Comics has an essay on the title's search for redemption.
After the series finale, Ed Brubaker provided a few post-mortem interviews about the horror-noir series, at Comic Book Resources and Complex Pop Culture, with the former providing a few spoiler-heavy insights into the series that even careful readers probably missed.
(As an aside, we do hope that digital readers took advantage of the Comixology sale mentioned in the previous post, as Fatale is no longer being offered in a deeply discounted bundle.)
• The Fade Out Preview, Interviews, and Early Reviews. It's worth reiterating from last time, that the debut issue of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' The Fade Out reaches stores today, including in an over-sized "movie magazine" variant that features an exclusive eight-page look behind the scenes.
USA Today has just published an article on the series, with a brief interview with the creators and an extended eight-page preview of the issue. This is only the latest bit of publicity for Brubaker and the series, which has included an August 12th podcast interview with Inkstuds Radio and two August 18th interviews with Multiversity Comics and IGN. The series' debut even made Entertainment Weekly's Must List.
We're combing all these interviews carefully to make sure we don't miss any big news, beyond the Criminal news we mention below.
In the meantime, Boing Boing provided an advance look at the magazine variant, with a few pictures of some of the exclusive content. Broken Frontier lists The Fade Out #1 as their pick of the week, Comicosity includes it in their week's "hot five," and we've seen very positive advance reviews from Unleash The Fanboy, Comicbook.com, and Big Comic Page.
Paste Magazine also has an early review, giving the issue a grade of 9.0 out of ten and writing, "Hollywood has never looked so dark, so sinister and so seductive."
Darren Orf at Paste writes what we've known for years: "The pair have generated so much provocative, successful work, that a Brubaker/Phillips byline might be one of the few insignias of a guaranteed good read in the comic industry."
• The Fade Out Retailer-Exclusive Variants. Before moving on to other topics, we would like to highlight a bit of news that has flown mostly under the radar, that there are two variants to The Fade Out #1, both exclusive to the retailers that commissioned the cover artists to produce them.
(Sean Phillips tweeted that he received both variants along with his comp copies of the standard issue and the magazine variant.).
Jamie McKelvie produced the following glamorous variant cover for three retailers: Beachball Comics, Laughing Ogre, and Austin Books.
And Chip Zdarsky produced the more harrowing variant cover for DCBS.