The stellar comics making team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips is finishing up FATALE, but fading in on FADE OUT, a new collaboration due in August. The first issue will be 40 pages long, and given its old time Tinsel Town sbject atter, a varient edition will be printed in an oversized “movie magazine replica” format with 8 extra pages of behind-the-scenes art and articles.
I had the pleasure of interviewing this pair at TCAF and you can hear them talking about FADE OUT here.
An intricate and groundbreaking crime story on a level Brubaker and Phillips have never tackled before, THE FADE OUT weaves a tangled web through the underbelly of a 1948 Hollywood… A noir film stuck in endless reshoots. A writer plagued with nightmares from the war and a dangerous secret. An up-and-coming starlet’s suspicious death. And a maniacal studio mogul and his security chief who will do anything to keep the cameras rolling before the Post-War boom days come crashing down. THE FADE OUT is the most ambitious series yet from the award-winning Noir Masters.
Early praise for THE FADE OUT:
“Brubaker and Phillips’s books have always been about eight years ahead of their time.” —Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA, Y the Last Man)
“Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are the gold standard of the crime graphic novel.” —Warren Ellis (Planetary, Transmetropolitan, Gun Machine, Fell)
“Brubaker & Phillips continue to make sweet music together, broadcast to you in the form of the best comics around.” —Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE)
“How can you resist the Lennon and McCartney of Feel-Bad Comics Noir heading out west for the flickering horrors of Hollywoodland? THE FADE OUT feels like the book Ed and Sean were born to make.” —Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS, CASANOVA, Hawkeye)
“Ed and Sean are that rare longterm collaboration that never become complacent, each project is a new revelation, the love visibly increased, the enthusiasm for the craft only growing over time. You don’t have to consider the purchase, you make it on instinct at this point.” —Rick Remender (BLACK SCIENCE, DEADLY CLASS)
“Like Scorsese and De Niro, Brubaker and Phillips are the unmatched masters of a certain kind of storytelling—those fables of doomed and deluded men who are ready to die bloody, defending the tatters of their soiled American dreams. A new title from the sharpshooters behind Criminal and Fatale is reason enough to go on living.” —Joe Hill (Locke & Key, Horns, NOS4A2)
“Brubaker and Phillips have achieved the sort of creative consistency that’d justify critics filing their INSTANT CLASSIC reviews before they even read whatever they put out next.” —Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Phonogram, Young Avengers)
“I’ve been reading Ed Brubaker comics since the first appearance of Ed Brubakercomics and every single time he announces a new title I mutter to myself: ‘ugh! I wish I would’ve thought of that!'” —Brian Michael Bendis (POWERS, Alias,Ultimate Spider-Man)
“I’m a pretty easy mark for any Brubaker-Philips creation, but the ambition behind this one has me spinning with anticipation. Couldn’t be more excited.” —Jonathan Hickman (EAST OF WEST, MANHATTAN PROJECTS, Avengers)
“Two of the best in the business, no contest.” —Kelly Sue DeConnick
“I never know what to say in these things” —Kelly Sue DeConnick
“Seriously, just buy the [expletive deleted] book. I promise you’ll like it. Unless you’re [expletive deleted].” —Kelly Sue DeConnick
“I don’t think we’re supposed to say [expletive deleted] anymore.” —Kelly Sue DeConnick
“Forget I said that.” —Kelly Sue DeConnick (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel)
THE FADE OUT #1 arrives in stores on 8/20 for $3.50 and is available to pre-order with Diamond Code JUN140463. The movie magazine variant of THE FADE OUT is available to pre-order with Diamond Code JUN140464.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.