Friday, July 11, 2014

30 Days of Fatale: Tragic Heroes.

"Year One" of Brubaker and Phillips' Fatale -- and the conclusion of the second arc, "The Devil's Business" -- both conclude with issue #10, released on November 28th, 2012, following a five-page preview.

The series continued to ramp up the body count: almost no one with a speaking role survives this arc.   An earlier issue mentions Miles' inability to swim, and that fact leads to deadly results here, as Checkov's gun fires again.  And Jo uses her powers to survive the attack by the Method Church, and the Bishop is maimed again as he was at the end of the last arc:  he'll remain blinded and scarred for the rest of the series.

Another familiar chord is struck in this story.  Just like Booker, Miles became a hero, dying while helping Josephine.  The newspapers report on both men's heroism, and Miles became in death the celebrity he never was in life.

That's what matters, not whether we survive some harrowing event, but whether we act heroically even in death.  I fear for Nicolas' safety as this series concludes in just a few weeks, but we can hope that he ends up a hero whose actions matter.

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