Image Comics’ Fatale # 1 Tentacles and Tommy Guns

by on Jan.10, 2012, under Horror Show Hosts

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Noir and Lovecraft seem to go together like Victorian and Gothic; all dark tones, and brooding moods, and dogged insouciance that leads to bruised knuckles and bloodied bodies dumped in dark alleys or sprawled across attic stairs or gasping out their last breadths while some hellspawn squishes close by. Ed Brubaker’s terse words and terse characters capture crime noir’s rythm of lightly brushed cymbals and pensive bass strumming, and Sean Phillips panels his landscape morosely, filling it with dark places and brooding recesses, hiding mystery in every corner. Colors provide faint contrast, but Dave Stewart knows to leave well enough alone and highlights the shadows by ignoring the light. This is crime noir. There’s little light in crime noir, even during the day. Which works just dandy because there’s little light in horror, too.

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