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The Fade Out #1

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Sean Phillips Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 20, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 41 User Reviews: 28
9.2Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

The first project from their groundbreaking five-year deal at Image will have Brubaker and Phillips fans, old and new, at the edge of their seats, as they weave an epic crime story unlike anything they've done before.

Hollywood - 1948. A noir film stuck in endless reshoots. A writer plagued with nightmares from the war and a dangerous secret. An up-and-coming starlet's suspicious death.  And a maniacal Studio Mogul and his Security Chief who will do anything to keep the cameras rolling before the Post-War boom days come crashing down. THE FADE OUT is the most ambitious series yet from the award-winning Noir Masters.

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  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - J. Reifler Aug 19, 2014

    Rarely does a creative team mesh together so perfectly to tell a story. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are a rare team-up of talent and drive the story-telling possibilities of comics to an entirely new level. Their stories are challenging and grip the reader as they unfold. The Fade Out will occupy a special section in my collection next to Stray Bullets and other excellent examples of crime-drama storytelling. It's a period piece that unfolds itself with brutal honesty. Both the beauty and the horror of this world are on full display. Reading this story feels almost a bit voyeuristic,as if you are peering through a peephole intothe private lives of a rich and corrupt society. Rarely does a comic deliver on such high expectations. The Fade Out #1 delivers. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Sam Marx Aug 21, 2014

    Ill wrap up this review by saying this book is primed to be the best crime story Ive seen sinceCriminal, maybe. Weve got a highly untrustworthy cast of characters, a naive dead girl, and a lot of questions to be answered. What more can we ask for with this kind of tale? Building upon everything Brubaker and Phillips have done before, we get something that feels both familiar and fresh. Which leads me to ask: if you enjoyed this, might I recommend going back and readingCriminal? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Aug 28, 2014

    The Fade Out cements Brubaker and Phillips in the noir genre with the likes of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.  This first issue gives you everything you need to fall head first into this world of murder, mystery, and intrigue and will leave you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Aug 30, 2014

    The Fade Out looks like an instant classic. It's a noir style set story in the original noir time period. The book clocks in at twenty-eight pages and includes an essay in the back. It's truly a reading experience. It's definitely one to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Aug 20, 2014

    “The Fade Out” is off to an excellent start. In just one issue the world is built up, the mystery set and we get a nice introduction to each one of these characters. And special mention to the magazine format. If you can get your hands on that, please do. It's even more beautiful to look at in that format. Image Comics struck gold when they got Brubaker and Phillips exclusively for 5 years. And so did readers. Because this is the kind of comic we'll get month in and month out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Shane Hoffman Aug 19, 2014

    Before I started this review I was already impatiently waiting the next issue, and now the anticipation has been multiplied and Im not sure what Im going to do with myself for a month until the next comes out. Seriously. It's that good. I guess thats the beauty of comics and of a story like this, and while I wait I can begin to formulate my own guesses as to where Brubaker and Phillips will take us next on this utterly compelling mystery Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - RobertJCross Aug 19, 2014

    Pick this up. You will NOT be disappointed. Instant classic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Aug 25, 2014

    This is probably my favorite single issue of the year so far. The world is ugly in a sense that things aren't going to go well for those involved which has me beyond enthralled with what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Newell Turner Aug 23, 2014

    If the first issue is any indication, I would say Brubaker and Phillips have another winner on their hands. I don't know how long this series will last, but I'm in it for the long haul. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Aug 20, 2014

    The Fade Out hit a homerun right out of the gate. A talented group of creators, working together on a project they love always reflects off of the pages onto the readers. You can definitely feel the love in this comic; the love of the period, the love of the genre, and the love of the medium. Now that is a lot of love considering it's coming from a dark murder mystery. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Comix - Oscar Bergeron-Oakes Aug 23, 2014

    This book is absolutely fantastic. The Fade Out is a culmination of a fifteen-year partnership between writer and artist, and issue one proves that this team is working in perfect harmony. Be prepared for a wild ride through the dark streets of Hollywood. If this issue is any indication, it is going to be awesome. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Doom Rocket - Andrew Stevens Sep 9, 2014

    Lastly, The Fade Out lends itself a skin of reality with its back pages that skip the standard letters to the writer, and instead offer essays on noir, pulps, and the historical period, which willnot be made available when the issues are later collected in trades. This issue's essay presents the real suicide of the little known actress Peg Entwistle, moving The Fade Out past simple escapism into the realm of art. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig Aug 20, 2014

    The comic is a pretty straightforward story, but when the actress is put in a suicide position, it makes you think there is more to this story than you think. You really can't trust anyone, as of yet. Not even Charlie. We don't know what happened at the party either, so as Charlie pieces it together so does the reader. It is a fun detective game that will no doubt drive Charlie to find out the truth. Brubaker and Phillips have another hit on their hands, so avid readers of these two can expect something good. And first come readers can get hooked with this pair that will be giving the story of their life. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Aug 18, 2014

    It's time to reconfigure your comic buying budget as the latest new series from Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser is calling out for you. As you would expect, this is a pure story with amazing visuals. It's a great look at this dark time period in Hollywood during the late 1940s and you'll immediately find yourself hooked. You've read any of Brubaker and Phillips' previous series, you pretty much know exactly what to expect. If you haven't read any of their work before, you are indeed in for a treat. Bottom line: buy this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Alamo Aug 23, 2014

    The Fade Out #1 continues the great Brubaker/Phillips tradition of creating engaging noir stories that plunge the reader into the dark recesses of their created world. It was a strong debut issue that was beautifully crafted and executed by these two masters of the craft. If this is only the beginning of the Brubaker/Phillips deal with Image Comics, then I cannot wait to see what comes next from this creative team. Until then, you can find me enjoying every bit of the seedy Hollywood underbelly found in The Fade Out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 20, 2014

    "The Fade Out" is a killer comic, thanks to Brubaker and Phillips. After reading this issue, you'll wish that every new series had such a strong debut. Wherever this crime noir goes next, I'll be eagerly following. A fantastic job from start to finish. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Aug 20, 2014

    I don't usually throw my two cents into reviews, but I can't help but entirely echo the above sentiments about this book. It's a perfectly crafted genre piece that fills a void you didn't even know was empty. Holy shit guys, the Brubaker and Phillips train just keeps gaining speed. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Aug 21, 2014

    Historical accuracy is just one piece of evidence that proves "The Fade Out" is a labor of love. With an intriguing story, ingenious methods of storytelling, and flawed characters that beg to be understood, Brubaker, Phillips, and Breitweiser are a team worth following through the enigmatic streets of 1940s Los Angeles. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 21, 2014

    Brubaker and Phillips pull off a convincingly grounded mystery with the smoothness of two people who know exactly what they're doing. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - John F. Trent Aug 20, 2014

    The Fade Out #1 is great; Brubaker tells a compelling and believable mystery-murder book filled with moral quandaries and an overarching theme of lying and how pervasive and commonplace it is in post World War II Hollywood. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    BGCP - Alessandro Spitoni Aug 21, 2014

    A very strong start for this new series. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Aug 20, 2014

    The rain hadn't tapered off by the time I got back to my car, but it didn't make me feel any cleaner, just heavier. I got into my car and put the copy of The Fade Out on the passenger seat. Tipping my hat back, I started the engine and headed out into the dark night. At least with Brubaker and Phillips, I'd have some company. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Tres Dean Aug 20, 2014

    It will surprise nobody at all if this story becomes Image's next big thing. It should. The Fade Out is vintage Brubaker/Phillips and sets the stage for a dirty, ugly mystery with style and grace. Don't miss this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Apr 17, 2015

    As "The Fade Out" returns, it's clear that almost all the characters are trying to move beyond the death of Valeria Sommers, but her murder has cast an inescapable shadow over everyone. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are creating a Golden Age Hollywood that is anything but. The story keeps getting bigger and deeper, while the art perfectly captures all aspects of the era. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Lisa Wu Aug 26, 2014

    Even without Phillips' intense and detailed artwork, the rapid-paced dialogue exchanges, phrasing, and word choices are enough to transport you into the world of The Fade Out. Keep your eyes out for the next issue, GHGers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Aug 19, 2014

    This story promises that it will be entertaining and suspenseful. Anyone that has found themselves being a part of a Brubaker and Phillips book knows that they're in for a wild ride that will keep you sucked in until it is over. A strong start to an exciting chapter from these two creators. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Aug 21, 2014

    There's some obvious similarities with several of the duo's past collaborations here, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The secret ingredient is a phenomenal writer/artist team. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 19, 2014

    The Fade Out is already looking like another highlight in the prolific partnership between Brubaker and Phillips. It's always fun to have creators that so consistently work together and turn out a great product. This book might be a bit lighter than some of their other noir but there are plenty of openings for it to take more violent and unexpected twists and turns. The Fade Out is a master class in art and writing. And it's definitely a book worthy of your dollars especially if you're looking for a break from the usual slog of the monthly spinner rack. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - CeeJay Sep 3, 2014

    Sean Phillips masterfully captures that film noir style and blends it with a hyper-dramatic real world sensibility. The colors are muted, which is to be expected. There are a lot of differing shades of grey at work, so when brighter colors like reds are used, they really pop off the page. The character designs fit well with the thematic aesthetic; movie stars, bodyguards and even secretaries look like they jumped right out of "The Maltese Falcon." "Fade Out" was a great read and I can't wait to follow Parish down this rabbit hole of a murder mystery. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Aug 17, 2014

    The Fade Out gets off to an amazing start, with Brubaker and Phillips latest mystery being very enticing. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Aug 21, 2014

    Another great new series. This is a team that has been working together for several years, and it shows. As Image often do, this is an oversized first issue for the normal issue price to get new readers in, so the value for money is excellent. In addition, in the back pages Brubaker (I think) indicates a preference for physical print copies over digital, and for that reason they always try to include extras at the back of single print issues. In this case it is a short article written by Devin Faraci, about 'The Lonesome Death of Peg Entwistle', one of the many tragic tales of Hollywood and broken dreams. Another good read, and I always appreciate the inclusion of interesting extras. This is well worth picking up, and you can find it at your local comic book shop or online, or I'm sure the digital version is nearly as good! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Randy Z. Ochoa Aug 20, 2014

    Elizabeth Breitweiser brings it on every page she colors and this is no different. I think the best thing, for this issue at least is that the green that covers Charlie when the focus is on him. Even if things are in full color, there is usually a touch of green. There is one page where Charlies green palette slowly fades to red when the story turns focus to Valeria Sommers, a Hollywood actress. It isnt subtle, but something you may miss on the first read. Her colors alone make this required reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jan 7, 2015

    Furthering this mistrust is artist Phillips. He continues to prove a master of subtlety; each character lives with a false smile at their lips and two fingers twisted behind their back, nothing and no one ever what it appears at the surface. He and colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser combine for a litany of memorable images, using numerous artistic styles to convey Charlie's ever changing mental state. From black and white flashbacks to the war to hazy, blurred attempts at remembrance, each panel tells its own, important story. All said, The Fade Out represents some of comics top talent at their highest form, and it this point it's only getting better. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Aug 23, 2014

    Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have struck gold with The Fade Out, crafting a compelling mystery with a dramatic setting. Those who love film should have a blast as the book is almost a movie within a movie. With fascinating backup material, you're getting more than your $3.50 worth. I can't recommend The Fade Out #1 more and it is one of the best books to come out this week. Based on how it's selling, I suggest you go get it now. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Aug 23, 2014

    The film industry has a long history (especially in its early days) of bad behavior and resulting scandals. The Hays Production Code, which sanitized movies beginning in 1930, partially resulted from the fallout of the Fatty Arbuckle controversy. The Fade Out is not the first tale to be set in this milieu (and might not even be the first comic). In fact, the premise of The Fade Out is somewhat similar to the 1950 Nicholas Ray noir In a Lonely Place.Although the issue at times feels too closely in the line of modern-day noirs like Chinatown, there is enough promising character work done in issue #1 that The Fade Out seems like it will be another strong series from Brubaker and Phillips. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Oct 4, 2014

    Although it lacks the strong female lead of Velvet or Josephine, there's much to recommend here as Brubaker and Phillips go all-in for a period crime story with all the trimmings (making use of research assistant Amy Condit) whose motives may take quite some time to unravel. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 18, 2014

    While unlikely to hold much appeal for those who aren't already part of the creators' established fanbase and genre enthusiasts, there is much to admire about The Fade Out. Those who give this series a shot will find it an enjoyable piece of pulp fiction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - echoblueprint Aug 22, 2014

    I am tempted to give Brubaker a free pass here though. Admittedly this is the kind of story which might be well suited to the medium of comics, but it is seems equally to be a story that depends on a fair amount of setup before it gets going. It is not a superhero story where characters interact with one another in a superficial sense, rather these are honest characters being established. While it might not be up to the level of its predecessor from Image yet, it still does have some potential, and is probably worthy of being picked up by most people that are interested in crime noir. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Sep 2, 2014

    Image is really impressing me lately. This is another one that I'll likely pick up month after month. I love the art and I want to know what's next in the story, what more could you want? Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Word Of The Nerd - William Aug 21, 2014

    Overall, the book was entertaining and kept it's hold on me for the duration of the read, but with nothing truly outstanding or unique" either in picture or words" I doubt I'll pick up issue two" making the title oddly appropriate. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Have-A-Peg Pete Aug 26, 2014

    All-in-all, I am cautiously optimistic about this series. Read Full Review

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