Fatale #13 Review
By Zak Edwards
March 29, 2013 - 14:13
Writer(s): Ed Brubaker
Penciller(s): Sean Phillips
Colourist(s): Elizabeth Breitweiser
Cover Artist(s): Sean Phillips
I’m not a huge fan of Garth Ennis’ long-running Vertigo series Preacher for plenty of reasons, but one thing that series proves in spades is the Western, a genre tied to the values of American society, is pretty difficult to navigate. Jesse’s constant need to protect/ostracize his love interest, for example, is handled, like everything Ennis touches, with the delicacy of a mutated bull in a comically tiny ceramic store. But this week, we were treated to two Western comics from writers who handle things much better and tell wonderfully enjoyable stories. Andy Frisk has nothing but good things to say of East of West, and I pretty much have only good things to say of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips brief foray into the Western in Fatale.
Phillips’ art remains something I want to go back to, however. His moody, heavily shaded artwork has always been a highlight in all his collaborations with Brubaker. I was initially worried how he would handle a genre that is more defined by its blinding sunlight than what lurks in the shadows, but his sensibility still makes the series delightful, mostly by making most things happen at night. I would have liked things to be more stark, colour-wise, but the final page shows Phillips’ choice is less to do with limits on his ability and more with stylistic choice. Choosing a certain cohesion with the rest of the series is a good move, anyways, as these issues are to help bring new readers in. I hope these issues help bring in those new readers, but I also hope Brubaker and Phillips keep exploring their world to the depths they want to, it’s always a treat.
Grade: 8 The Western works fine for Fatale, showing off the team diversity for a great read.
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