The Fade Out #8

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Sean Phillips Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 5, 2015 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 4
8.1Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS' best-selling series so far concludes its second act, as every answer Charlie and Gil find brings them into more and more danger.

And remember, every issue of THE FADE OUT is packed with essays and art that are only in the monthly comics.

  • 8.9
    Flickering Myth - Zeb Larson Aug 5, 2015

    It might seem anticlimactic for this to be the end of Fade Out's second arc, given that the climax is Charlie learning about Gil's scam. However, things are getting ready for some major action in the third arc. Given Brodsky's ruthlessness and perspicacity, I can't imagine that Gil is going to get away with the con he's pulling. The question is whether he will end up dragging his family into the mess he's created, and how Charlie will react to it. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Aug 7, 2015

    Only eight issues, but there is so much depth going on within its pages. I will admit, it can be a bit overbearing. This isn't a book to just breeze through. You need to take your time. Go back if you must. It demands you pay attention to it. But if you give it the attention it needs, if you rise up to its level, it can be pretty rewarding. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Aug 9, 2015

    There is a fine line between a comic book parsing out clues discreetly and hoarding the clues to the point that readers get annoyed and stop caring. For the most part, I think Brubaker and Phillips have been on the right side of the ledger with The Fade Out. I do hope that if the story is going to focus more on the actual how of Vals death that it does move things along more quickly. I dont think that element is the most interesting thing about this series, and I think the aftermath of Charlie figuring out the details of Val's death could be even better than the mystery itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 10, 2015

    "The Fade Out" #8 is yet another twisty, intricate, keeps-you-guessing issue, and Brubaker and Phillips don't show any signs of stopping. Where is the book going next? I don't think anyone knows but them, but it's going to be a lot of fun getting there. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Tim Stacey Aug 7, 2015

    At worst, The Fade Out is only a tough read because it's difficultto watch these broken people only further the damage done them. At best, this series features wonderfully developed characters drawn from noir tradition, with just enough progress gained each issue in the exploration of the central mystery to keep it enticing. After two arcs, The Fade Out has maintained a steady, but methodical pace, and continues to be a worthwhile addition to any pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig Aug 5, 2015

    No matter the approach, The Fade Out is highly addictive. You really just want the mystery to unfold but you don't mind waiting to read the all chaos in between. You really do just relish in the moment and seeing how everything falls into place. My only thought is that Charlie better be bad! I have given him so much crap and if he ends up having nothing to do with it I'll be pissed. But then again, he already has something to do with it. Just playing this game in Hollywood is good enough for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Aug 17, 2015

    That being said, The Fade Out #8 is still a fantastic read, relying on Brubaker's strong character work and the dark beauty of the artwork by Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser. The mystery of Valeria Sommers' murder is still going strong, and if the upcoming third act can match the quality found here, than The Fade Out will make for a great tribute to the film noir of the '40s and '50s Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Levi Hunt Aug 13, 2015

    This isn't to say that The Fade Out is suddenly a bad book " Ed Brubaker has maybe the best knack for dialogue in the business and Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser are still delivering a beautiful, moody tone with each issue " but the book is in a bit of rut right now. Read Full Review

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