Brubaker recovers very nicely. And he lets Phillips go outside. Phillips’s outdoors art is always lovely.
There’s a surprise in the issue–or two, but the second one is somewhat immaterial–and Brubaker did a great job setting it up. It makes perfect sense and is only possible because he kept switching the perspective around through the last few issues. Can’t get too close when one of your characters is completely different than you’ve set him or her up.
The issue ends the first arc and has frame set in the modern day. It’s a mistake. Brubaker reminds the reader he never set up the modern ground situation in the flashback. Actually, he did everything he could to make it seem totally impossible for the characters to move into these new positions on the board.
Still, Fatale succeeds big time.
Brubaker just needs to justify the framing character a bit.
Death Chases Me, Chapter Five; writer, Ed Brubaker; artist, Sean Phillips; colorist, Dave Stewart; publisher, Image Comics.
Delano’s way too tricky a writer for a monthly comic. He introduces a new character–the guest star who’s apparently the subject of the issue. Hellblazer, at least so far, has a supernatural gimmick of the week.
Then Delano moves over to Constantine. He’s having a night on the town, which doesn’t exactly play into the issue’s story. He meets a girl, who also doesn’t exactly play in. She’s superfluous, unless Constantine just desperately needs a girlfriend or a sidekick.
Anyway, it turns out the story’s only a story because of how the guest star relates to Constantine. Otherwise, none of it would have any impact on Constantine’s life.
The issue ends with Constantine realizing something’s been going on and he’s been too distracted to notice. Except he hasn’t been distracted, Delano has just been writing him dumb.
It’s not a bad horror comic, but it’s nothing special.
Waiting for the Man; writer, Jamie Delano; artist, John Ridgway; colorist, Lovern Kindzierski; letterer, Annie Halfacree; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.