The Fade Out, Volume 1
by Ed Brubaker, Art by Sean Phillips (2015)
Brubaker and Phillips’ newest hit series, The Fade Out, is an epic noir set in the world of noir itself, the backlots and bars of Hollywood at the end of its Golden Era. A movie stuck in endless reshoots, a writer damaged from the war and lost in the bottle, a dead movie star and the lookalike hired to replace her. Nothing is what it seems in the place where only lies are true.
Graphic Novel Review
The Fade Out is a graphic novel callback to old fashioned Hollywood noir, with knife-edged shadows, icy blondes, and morally dubious leads. Sharp characterization and dramatic illustrations make The Fade Out interesting from the first page, while the twisty plot keeps readers guessing all the way through.
Set in Hollywood, 1948, the time period and movie industry provide drama and excitement. McCarthy’s Communist hunt is a constant threat, whether guilty or innocent. Real figures like Clark Gable appear to make everything feel even more realistic. But this isn’t the on-screen Hollywood of the Hays Code; this is the behind the scenes world of sex parties, substance abuse, hidden sexualities, and violence.
Recommended if you enjoy:
* Classic Noir (film or page)
* Vintage era Hollywood setting
* Dramatic high-contrast illustrations and a compelling story
Read for the 2015 Eisner challenge
2015 Eisner Nominee: Best New Series