The Fade Out #5

The Fade Out #5

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: April 15, 2015 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 13
9.1Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

The second act of BRUBAKER and PHILLIPS’ biggest hit ever begins with a bang! Someone knows who killed Valeria Sommers, but can our "heroes" find them without exposing themselves? And will their search lead them to answers they don't want to find? A perfect jumping-on point for new readers, released the same day as the trade! And packed with bonus back pages articles only found in the single issues.

  • 10
    Bloody Disgusting - Eric Switzer Apr 16, 2015

    Brodsky reveals that while he had to intimidate Tyler Graves into ending his homosexual affairs by barging into one of his rendezvous and beating the bejesus out of his current consort. Unbeknownst to Brodsky, Tyler responds to this by getting hammered and driving recklessly. It all plays out in this brilliant back and forth between past and present where Brodsky is narrating while Ty is drinking and taking off in his new car. The interplay between past and present in this issue can almost be a thesis for the entire series. Nostalgia is an idealized perception of the past, The Fade Out represents the opposite of that. The Golden Age is anything but golden. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - RobertJCross Apr 16, 2015

    I love this series. One of the best. Pick it up today! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Gregory Goode Apr 21, 2015

    Comics don't get better than this, folks. Check up with the first trade if you haven't, and experience the rest of The Fade Out in real time; after all, it's more fun to watch the dominoes as they fall. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Matt Garza Apr 16, 2015

    Like Criminal, or Fatale Brubaker and Phillips have another hit on their hands here. This creative team definitely knows how to create a suspenseful and thrilling mystery. The fact that each character is being slowly carved out, with their own arcs is what also makes this team winners in my book. I'm beyond excited to have this series back after their break and you can count on me keeping up with the story month after month as time goes on. This tale of corrupt movie executives and murdered Hollywood starlets seems to be shifting into gear and I hope it continues in the same fashion as its predecessors. I'll be along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Tim Stacey Apr 17, 2015

    While on a monthly basis The Fade Out's story can be little difficult to keep in mind, the supreme definition of its characters helps to cement the large cast in your mind between issues. Month after month, Brubaker's writing maintains a graceful control of the overall themes as they apply to different characters, and Phillips' and Breitweiser's art continues to hold up its end, and then some. Especially when taking into consideration the back-up essays and Image's overall lack of ads, this book easily contends the best spent $3.50 this month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Apr 16, 2015

    There's also a wonderful essay on the war-time service of Jimmy Stewart, and if you only think of him as an aw-shucks everyman, their article will re-educate you. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Andrew Stevens Apr 20, 2015

    Our heroes wear their personal mantles awkwardly as their simmering retribution begins to boil, and as Brodsky points out, the world that surrounds them is so corrupt and cynical that they would have to be assholes to try and do anything about it. The move invests us in our heroes, who (unlike their more noble counterparts the detectives) will compromise all that they believe in to advance on the path of their doomed quest. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Apr 17, 2015

    The Fade Out #5 is a fantastic issue with some of the best dialogue you can find in comics. The characters are superb and all feel real, with actions and motivations that avoid clichs. While this series is moving slowly along, it's still one of Image's best and deserves your attention. If you haven't read this series yet pick up the first trade and this issue. You'll undoubtedly be impressed by the world Brubaker and Phillips are crafting. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jeff Lake Apr 16, 2015

    The Fade Out is far from an easy read, especially on an issue to issue basis, but it's so dang good that it's worth the mental knots it puts you through. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Aj Davidson Apr 17, 2015

    I am still madly into TFOs oppressive and amoral setting. Our heroes remain bumbling and self-loathing in the face of the Hollywood machine all the while those most at risk are beaten, sexually assaulted and generally ostracised like human garbage. It remains to be seen if they can accomplish anything to slow down this tyranny. The comics artwork remains consistently good and grim since #1 and I remain interested to see how it pans out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig Apr 15, 2015

    I think an old shooting location with the same old shit going on; rewrites, sex, drugs, and all that is showing a lot of mirroring. It is a vicious cycle and I believe one the characters even mentions this cycle, but for the readers, this cycle is just as exciting as the last time. A lot of questions get brought up, a lot of minded jamming is going on, and of course there is a lot of evil. So jump on with this latest instalment and you won't miss a beat. Read Full Review

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