Wednesday, September 16, 2015

THE FADE OUT Issue #9 and Volume 2 In Stores Today!

Ed Brubaker confirms what Sean Phillips suspected when he got his comp copies last week, that the latest issue and trade paperback of The Fade Out are both in stores this week, beginning today.

The Fade Out Act 2 collects issues #5-8 and, like the first collection, it retails for a little less than the total price of the monthly issues, albeit without the excellent back matter.  Comicosity includes the book in this week's "Trade Waiting" feature, which highlights five new collections each week, and a tweet from Pulp Fiction Comics shows that the book has a striking blue spine that complements the red spine from Act 1.

The Fade Out #9 begins Act 3, and Comic Book Resources just posted a four-page preview.  The text description appears to be for Mark Kidwell's zombie comic '68, but the preview images are correct.

New readers can quickly catch up with the series, as the danger continues to heat up.

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Friday, September 04, 2015

A Criminal Collage, Deluxe Fatale Volume 2, and Phillips' Return to the Criterion Collection!

We've been making a few changes to the blog's appearance for both conventional web browsers and mobile browsers: for the former, we have a new banner image, and for the latter, we've updated the background collage.

The most recent banner image has used the first panel from the two-page preview of the 2011 story, "The Last of the Innocent."  The new banner uses the striking standard cover to this year's Special Edition one-shot.

The mobile site's original collage -- which we mistakenly described as a montage -- featured the thirty bordered images for Fatale, namely the 25 covers to the 24 monthly issues and the covers for the five trade paperback collections.  We're now using the six final covers for Image's Criminal reprints, which we've finally assembled into a nearly 1000x1000 JPEG image that readers can see below and save to their own folders.

On the subject of Fatale, last month we reported on Ed Brubaker's hint that the second and final deluxe edition was soon to be solicited, and the volume has since been included in Image Comics' November solicitations.

NOVEMBER 11 / 432 PAGES / FC / M / $49.99 
This Deluxe Edition presents the conclusion of Brubaker and Phillips's bestselling horror-noir series FATALE in a gorgeous hardcover edition filled with insightful extras and behind-the-scenes artwork. This is the book for serious Brubaker and Phillips collectors! 
Collects FATALE #11-24 

ComicConverse recently posted a review of the entire series, for those who haven't yet dived into the horror-noir mashup.

With this upcoming release, all of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' previous major collaborations will have been collected in deluxe, oversized editions:  Sleeper from DC's Vertigo imprint, Criminal and Fatale from Marvel's Icon imprint, and now Fatale and even Scene of the Crime from Image Comics.

(Add Dynamite's The Art of Sean Phillips, an even larger hardcover collection, and you have quite a substantial library of Brubaker and Phillips.)

The plans for Image to reprint Incognito sometime this year have evidently changed, but we still expect new editions to be printed eventually, possibly in time for the film adaptation that is evidently still on track.

The duo's current collaboration is scheduled to continue in November, with The Fade Out #11 being included in that month's solicitations.  With issue #8 being released in August, a monthly schedule would be needed to ensure this issue's timely release -- on August 17th, Phillips tweeted that he just finished an extra-long issue, probably issue #9 -- but either way, the description implies that the the end is near:

"All the threads of the mystery come together, as Charlie and Gil barrel headfirst toward trouble!"
Since Fatale literally doubled from its initial plans of a 12-issue run, Brubaker and Phillips haven't announced any planned issue count for this new series, and it's doubtful they'll announce such plans for any future work:  each series will tell stories with a definite ending, but the ending will arrive in its own time.

With all that said, we believe we can now offer our educated guess that The Fade Out will run 12 issues, divided into three 4-issue acts, with a trade collection for each act.  The traditional three-act structure may eventually be collected into a single deluxe edition, but history suggests that we shouldn't expect that any earlier than the end of 2016.

Finally, Sean Phillips has already produced artwork for four Criterion Collection home video releases, black-and-white films from the 50's and 60's, all arguably tied to the broad genre of noir. In June, Phillips announced on his blog that he's been commissioned for artwork for another two Criterion Collection films and three productions for Arrow Films.  The two Criterion projects are being released this month, two color films on colonialism by Bruce Beresford, titled Breaker Morant (1980) and Mister Johnson (1990).

Both films will be available in both DVD and Blu-Ray, and both are scheduled to be released on September 22.

Just today, Sean Phillips posted additional artwork for these new Criterion releases.

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For our own record keeping and hyperlink purposes, we're using this blog entry to post the current and new banner images for this site.

It's never been explicitly stated, but our readers are welcome to save a copy of any image we post here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Velvet #11 and The Fade Out #8, In ALL Comic Stores Today.

For those of us who were hit by last week's shipping delays -- we've finally updated the blog post -- we can confirm that The Fade Out #8 is in all stores today -- and it's a double dose for Ed Brubaker fans, as Brubker's throwback espionage with Steve Epting also returns today, with issue #11.

This is the first issue of the third arc, "The Man Who Stole the World," possibly an allusion to "The Man Who Sold the World," the 1970 David Bowie song famously covered by Nirvana for their Unplugged show in New York City.

Comic Book Resources has just posted a three-page preview of the issue.

UPDATE, SEPT 4:  Just noticed that the blog post's title had the wrong issue number for The Fade Out; it has now been corrected.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

THE FADE OUT #8 in *SOME* Stores Today -- and More!

I'm in the process of writing a lengthy post, but we want to get the first item out there immediately.  I'll be updating this post, probably tonight, but until then...

• The Fade Out #8 in SOME stores today, in all markets next week.  The big news is that the latest issue of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' The Fade Out is beginning to reach stores today:  issue #8 is the conclusion to "Act Two," and a three-page preview can be found at Comic Book Resources.

The issue was listed as "not verified by Diamond" in this week's new arrivals at, it wasn't listed in Brian Hibbs' list of arrivals for his shop in San Francisco, and my local shop in Georgia confirmed last night that they didn't get the issue either.

What gives?  Ed Brubaker tweeted that there were "shipping delays," and he relayed to us the details: a truck for Diamond Comic Distributors broke down, delaying the issue's arrival for one week, for both the South and the West Coast.

We appreciate the info from Ed, and we suppose we can make it one more week:  if our readers have any doubt about whether the issue is waiting at their local shops, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.

More "bullets" to come...


UPDATE, 8/12:  Well, that took longer than I expected.  This is the first and probably last time we'll deliberately split a post like this.

Director Leaked for Incognito Adaptation.  The big news last week was an exclusive report from The Tracking Board about the film adaptation for Brubaker and Phillips' pulp noir comic, Incognito.  According to the story, "sources confirm" that the film will be directed by Fede Alvarez, whose directorial debut was for the remake of Evil Dead, a job for which he was hand-picked by Sam Raimi.  He has since co-written a draft on the Incognito screenplay, and the insider website reports that an additional writer is being sought.

I believe the last time we reported on this adaptation was just over three years ago, and while it appears no further comic stories are currently planned in the Incognito universe, we reported in March that the two existing stories are scheduled to be reprinted later this year.

Fatale Deluxe on the NY Times Reading List, and Volume 2 Likely To Come Soon.  Toward the end of July, the New York Times posted a "kick-back summer reading list," and the feature concluded with the first deluxe collection for Brubaker and Phillips' popular horror-noir mashup.  Dana Jennings writes that the series should be the next graphic novel adapted on "quality cable."
"It’s a full-bodied blend of noir and Lovecraftian horror... Perfect reading at dusk, as the bats dip and dart in the eaves."

And what about the second and concluding deluxe edition?  Ed Brubaker has recently tweeted, "Keep watching the solicits."

We haven't seen anything yet, be we expect the November solicitations to be released in the next few days.

Nerdist Podcast Interview with Ed Brubaker.  Finally, on July 28th, Nerdist posted a Comics Panel podcast with Ed Brubaker, recorded at WonderCon on April 4th.  We're still going through the audio, and we'll post any highlights of info that would be new to regular readers of this blog.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The Last of the Innocent: The Last Criminal Trade In Stores Today!

We noticed that, in the back-page ad of last week's issue of The Fade Out #7, the cover for the last Criminal trade paperback had changed; as with "The Sinners" before it, the color scheme for "The Last of the Innocent" had been altered.

Sean Phillips was gracious enough to send us a copy of the new cover art, which we're including below.

This sixth and (so far) final trade paperback is in stores today, and it remains one of the team's ambitious and satisfying works.  

A stand-alone story that is set in the larger Criminal universe, its commentary on comic books demands (favorable) comparisons to Watchmen, but it's not a formal exercise in meta-fiction:  it is both a meditation on nostalgia and perhaps Brubaker and Phillips' darkest pure noir.

We're working on a composite image of all six covers, much-needed changes to the blog's appearance,  and a very lengthy omnibus post that extends from the comics to noir and crime stories in general.  Until all that's done, we would have been remiss not to announce the completion of Image Comics' new editions of Criminal, for which the UK's OK Comics has tweeted a very nice picture of all six books.

The Dead and the Dying. 
Bad Night. 
The Sinners. 
The Last of the Innocent.

All six collections of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips acclaimed and award-wining Criminal are in stores now.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Fade Out #7 Out Today -- and September Solicitations!

We're posting a quick note, primarily to relay that the latest issue of The Fade Out is in stores today, and Comic Book Resources has a five-page preview, where our central protagonist Charlie is falling for "the replacement blonde."

Last week, Image Comics released its September solicitations.  The second act of The Fade Out concluding with issue #8, September 16th is the scheduled release date for the second trade paperback and issue #8 -- "Act Three begins as the mystery heats up!"

The final cover may well change, but we recognize the solicited cover for Act Two's collection; the arc comprises issues #5-8, and the image re-purposes this months issue, with a striking blue logo.

Finally, on Twitter, Michael Kronenberg reminds us to pick up the Noir City e-magazine; individual back issues are now on sale, and the Spring 2015 issue features a cover story on Criminal and The Fade Out, with an interview with Brubaker and Phillips.

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