“Why the hell did he stop?” – Jo’s lost control as Fatale #15 goes modern

dn_cc71_fataleEd Brubaker and Sean Phillips have taken the old storytelling tip of “all you need is a girl and a gun” to its natural conclusion in Fatale and it has paid off big. The book that kicked off Image’s creative revolution, Fatale has always kept readers at arm’s length and it’s worked better for it. Jo and her forebears pasts and the nature of their powers has always been a mystery, Bishop’s motives and masters have been shrouded in murder and whispers of old gods and the episodic, highly cinematic style has kept readers on their toes.

For those reasons, taking the series closer to the modern, more familiar day is a dangerous game and in this week’s #15, Brubaker takes that gamble. Like all of the series arcs, it’s a little too early to tell where the story is going, but there’s so much promise here. Lash, just broken out of a courthouse by a man with a connection to Jo, has been driven even deeper into the madness that infected issues #6-10 and the desperation he finds himself in is as electric as Jo’s newest predicament.c01fbd77a936138f9c9206d220763e9cBrubaker admits in this week’s conclusion that Lance and his burnout collective draws somewhat heavily from his past and the familiar kinship shows. A collection of druggy post-fame rejects, the house, its residents and the still-clinging groupies feels lived-in and the touches of darkness that can be already be felt there point to the impending horrors an amnesiac Jo could bring, especially as one of her devotees finds his woman missing and a broken corpse in her place.

Even in an issue all about setting the stage for the chaos Jo brings, Brubaker and Phillips create such a lingering sense of corruption and dread to Fatale #15 that it’s impossible not to get wrapped up in their noir world. As Jo and her demons get closer and closer to the modern day, it’s clear this creative team can use characters and the looming threat of that which should not be to continue to fill in their twisted world.

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  • Hawkeye #11. Wow, just wow. There’s nothing I can say about this issue Oliver Sava didn’t already say better.
  • Lots of people, myself included, weren’t wild about the book at launch, but Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan have written something damn close to the perfect Deadpool book. In this week’s #12, they wrapped a suburb arc which balanced the character’s trademark psychotic violence and goofy humor in a pitch perfect way.
  • Things are looking dark in Wolverine and the X-Men #32 and Wolverine and Quentin’s stoic resistance in the face of two very different forces is perfectly written by the always great Jason Aaron. Also, love the Iceman and Kitty attack/date.
  • As much as I love to see Jae Lee get to unleash his gorgeous art and innovative layouts, I can’t help but shake the feeling Batman/Superman #1 is little more than a cash-in by DC. Still, that art is well worth $3.99.
  • All of the moving character pieces in FF #8 are starting to lead to a more coherent whole. I’m glad to see the book finally raise the personal and external stakes.
  • My problems with Uncanny X-Force continue. While #7’s focus on two characters sharpens the book’s aimlessness, several points in the book, namely Fantomex’s loss of his reality altering powers undermines the beautiful ending of Rick Remender’s series. I’m a little disappointed.
  • Today is the three year anniversary of Breakfast With Spock’s first post. Thanks for occasionally reading and putting up with my thoughts. It means a lot.

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