The Fade Out #12

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Sean Phillips Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 6, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 7
9.6Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

It all ends here! The dramatic wrap-up to the mystery and to Brubaker and Phillips best-selling and most ambitious project yet!

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 7, 2016

    Some people will be startled by the conclusion of "The Fade Out" #12, if only because there is no gentle, proverbial fade out as it all quietly winds down. Here, we get a sudden jump to black as it concludes, leaving us with just our thoughts -- and that's the way it should be. It's been one hell of a ride and, as always, I know I'll be there for whatever Brubaker and Phillips do next. I'm the rest of "The Fade Out's" readers will, as well. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdophiles - Jackson Adams Jan 10, 2016

    Like Criminal, Sleeper and Fatale before it, The Fade Out deals with the things we give up in a desire to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. More than any of those other stories though, The Fade Out uses neo-noir genre conventions and a tainted, achingly realistic portrait of Hollywood to show how those same systems can trap and consume even the seemingly untouchable. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Jan 6, 2016

    I don't have anything else to say about The Fade Out. It's an excellent comic, and it had an excellent ending. The highest praise I can give: the minute I finished the last page, I wanted to dig the first issue out of my longboxes and read the whole story again in a sitting. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Flip Geeks - Paul Ramos Jan 5, 2016

    Regardless, The Fade Out #12 fulfills Brubaker and Phillips' promise of tying many loose-ends of this exciting and intelligent tale of murder, betrayal, showbiz business, love, and history. The ending may or may not satisfy some of the readers out there, but that is what the creative team wants us to understand after said and done, not everything ends with a sunset victory. Reading Brubaker's works is like learning something more important than what we mostly learn from schools " real life is not a walk in the park. GREAT READ! Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Enrique Rea Jan 8, 2016

    ‘The Fade Out' ends in a sudden and blunt way it won't offer any satisfaction and warm fuzzy feelings. Especially because Charlie, drunk and a hot mess, cowers under the bright lights of Hollywood as if the town is laughing at him mocking him. Feeding him the truth without justice or resolution but keeping him alive to work in this cesspool of humanity again. No slow fade out or prologue delivered and that's the perfect conclusion to this bleak tale. It's not the ending we wanted but it's the ending we deserve. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Chase Magnett Jan 7, 2016

    If you're looking for catharsis or clear answers, The Fade Out #12 is going to leave you still looking. That sense of disappointment is exactly why it's great though. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Jan 7, 2016

    As you can tell, I cannot say enough good about this series. To me, this is the best comic in years, and the best work of the Brubaker and Phillips team. When this is collected in a nice Deluxe hardcover, its a must own for any readers collection. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Jan 19, 2016

    The Fade Out is a very different type of story than those that Brubaker and Phillips have worked on together before, such as Criminal and Fatale. The Fade Out is much shorter, but its impact is not any less. In fact, since the story is told on such a human level (even though it is set in the movie business and involves a murder), I think the overall story of the series is perhaps the best one the pair have told so far. As it is just twelve issues, I think The Fade Out also becomes a very recommendable story. Its dark, slow at times, and does not have a happy ending. So it will not be to everyones tastes, but it tells a compelling, tragic story (one where the story of most of the major characters are each tragic in their own way just as much as the murder of Val is tragic). There were a few lulls during the series, but overall The Fade Out is a superb story, and The Fade Out #12 is a great ending. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Jan 11, 2016

    The final image of the book encapsulates the series. Phillips depicts Charlie drunkenly stumbling down the strip, with the lights of the studios behind him. Though he is completely broken and distraught, the studio will move on, with or without him. The Fade Out #12 does a wondrous job concluding the story, as it both solves the mystery in a satisfying way for the readers while still letting its characters move on in a realistic way. Brubaker, Phillips, and Breitweiser stick the landing by staying true to their genre and to their characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Levi Hunt Jan 7, 2016

    Brubaker and Phillips have a lot of interesting things so say in this finale, and it's very well done, but some readers may feel let down by Charlie's role, and the air of familiarity to the ending. Read Full Review

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