Fatale 3 (March 2012)

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Fatale all of a sudden becomes very small and predictable. Brubaker moves the action, for a bit, to Fresno (in the fifties), which gives Phillips a lot to draw. Except when it comes time for the big reveal scene–when Hank gets his first clue about being in over his head–it’s an exceptionally small scene.

I get Brubaker not wanting to show the shark or whatnot, but come on. Fatale is in its third issue, there have been teases before. Another tease just leaves the finish of the book empty.

The modern day protagonist returns for a bit this issue at the beginning. It’s unclear why Brubaker’s including him, except to confirm the manuscript from the first issue isn’t the flashbacks. Not exactly. It’s embellished.

But otherwise? Including the modern day stuff doesn’t make any difference to the issue.

As for the predictability… hopefully Brubaker can recover his footing.

CREDITS

Death Chases Me, Interlude and Chapter Three; writer, Ed Brubaker; artist, Sean Phillips; colorist, Dave Stewart; publisher, Image Comics.

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Hellblazer 2 (February 1988)

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This issue’s rather surprising. There’s no conflict to it. And when I say no conflict, I mean none.

It finishes up the story from the first issue, has Constantine encounter some more ghosts–all of whom are from Swamp Thing and Delano doesn’t write Constantine at all the same as Alan Moore did so there’s a disconnect–but it’s just a closer.

I feel like I should be disappointed, but I’m really not. Delano finishes the first story. It’s not his fault there’s no drama in it. I suppose if it weren’t all so predictable there might be drama. It is his fault it’s predictable, but to make it unpredictable, he would have either needed a third issue or a shorter first.

Ridgway’s a bit of a disappointment though. I get he’s being frantic with all the lines to increase intensity, but the scenes’re intense enough.

Hellblazer‘s fine, just disaffected.

CREDITS

A Feast of Friends; writer, Jamie Delano; artist, John Ridgway; colorist, Lovern Kindzierski; letterer, Annie Halfacree; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.

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