Tuesday, July 15, 2014

30 Days of Fatale: The Pattern Set.

Fatale #13 was released on March 27th, 2013, along with a five-page preview, and it features "Down the Darkest Trail," the single-issue spaghetti western.

The story focuses on "Black" Bonnie, Josephine's immediate predecessor, and along with the Bishop's bald, inhuman servants (sans glasses and bowlers), we see a land-locked lighthouse that serves as the cult's church tower and beacon, and we see a grotesque, improvised compass:  one of the servant's eyes floating in a glass jar.

Beyond these elements of the bizarre, we see in the brief story covering Bonnie's life a pattern that echoes Jo's life as it has been documented throughout the series.

The woman's cursed life begins with her first death and the slow discovery of her new powers over men. She meets others who see and understand the shadow realm more than most people -- and she discovers that she is being hunted by monsters.  With help, she thinks she defeats the cult, and she acquires their unholy scripture.

Bonnie's third and final death was a fate worse than death, a sacrifice that led to the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 -- and to one young man's transformation into the most recent Bishop.

When Bonnie went to the grave, "the earth broke open and an entire city burned, and she finally understood the words written in that book."

We'll find out soon enough whether Josephine is able to break this pattern and write a different ending for herself.

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