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After bringing Fatale to Image Comics, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips received a carte blanche deal to do whatever they want for five years at the publisher. It's that good of a comic. Image has announced that the first ten issues of the series will be collected in a deluxe edition hardcover in March including bonus material such as art, stories, sketches, and layouts.
Fatale centers on the mysterious and beautiful Josephine. After meeting her, you can quickly understand how the series got its name. She has a strange power of members of the opposite sex that causes them to do anything just for a chance to be with her. This ultimately leads to the total destruction of their lives, not to mention some pretty creepy stuff. This is the curse that Josephine lives with but she makes it work for her throughout the years. The comic has crime noir at its heart, with some Lovecraftian horror as well.
The deluxe edition will include the equivalent of the first two trade paperbacks storywise. It follows Josephine from 1950s San Francisco with corrupt cops and hidden evils to mid-'70s Los Angeles with burnt-out actors and ex-cult groupies caught up with a Satanic snuff film.
I'll admit that I'm a little behind in my Fatale reading but I did read these issues when they were first published. They're pretty solid. You can't go wrong with this creative team. I also have a similar hardcover for the first volume of Criminal, another project from Brubaker and Phillips published through Marvel's Icon imprint. If this deluxe edition is anything like that, you're going to want to pick this up.
Fatale: Deluxe Edition – Volume One clocks in at 288 pages. It's an oversized hardcover with behind-the-scenes extras and several essays written by Jess Nevins, previously only appearing in single issues. The book will be available at your local comic shops on March 5th, 2014 and in book stores and Amazon on March 18th, 2014.
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