Wednesday, 11 March 2015

So I Read Fatale: Curse The Demon

Or a 250 word (or less) review of Fatale Vol. 5
by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Bettie Breitweiser; Image Comics

To read a *SPOILER* free review of Fatale, go here.

Fatale is a comic about Josephine, an enigmatic woman cursed to be a literal femme fatale. In previous chapters we have seen how an eternally young and beautiful Jo has run afoul of men through history, manipulating them with her magic, and destroying them with her curse. In Curse The Demon we see the conclusion of the story where the various plot threads somehow all unite and we see Josephine take ownership of her power and execute a plan to finally gain her freedom. It is a story as visceral, bloody, psychedelic and horrific as the series demands and really delivers the conclusion this great story deserves. It is also a comic that exemplifies maybe the largest common genre trope of the Horror and Noir that Fatale is built of: inevitable doom. Both Cosmic Horror and Crime Noir are built on the promise that for the protagonist there is only an unhappy ending, and whether by consequence or the unfeeling gaze of terrifying alien gods, the protagonists are ultimately gloriously fucked. And Fatale delivers on this promise with excruciating perfection. I cannot recommend this comic enough.

Word count: 186

Post by Michael Bround


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