The Fade Out: Act One

The Fade Out


Publisher: Image
Released: February 25th 2015
Received: Own
Warnings: Rape & Murder
Issues: 1-4
Rating: 3 kitty rating


A friend recommended The Fade Out to me, and after seeing the cover (love it!) I was sold. I know, I know, don’t judge a book by its cover; but sometimes I just can’t resist. It’s an epic noir set in Hollywood (ironic, I know) and has a main character unable to remember details to a pivotal event in the series. It all sets up to be a pretty intriguing read, to say the least. It’s from the same creators that brought you Fatale (which I haven’t read yet – it’s on the list).

Spoiler Warning

Warnings First: the main event that sets things in motion is the rape, murder, and cover-up of said rape/murder. Nothing is directly shown (yet, that may change in future volumes), we do see her body and it is heavily implied that she was raped before/during her murder. The cover-up leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth, but that is intentional and part of the point.

The Fade Out had a lot of potential and so much going for it; a classic noir setting and theme, beautiful and thematically appropriate artwork, and much more. Despite that I found myself losing interest at points – I think it was borderline too busy and it just ended up being distracting at points. I’m actually disappointed I didn’t like it further, as I really wanted to get into a series like that (maybe Fatale will be more my pace?).

I think the main reason I couldn’t get into the series was the serious lack of development in all of the characters – I don’t even know what the main character’s motivation is. Considering I read the entire first volume, that is not a good sign to me.

I’m rating this one 3 stars as the artwork and foundation for the plot was perfect. It’s the follow-through that was lackluster. Will I be trying Fatale anyway? I believe so. I’ve had it on my list for a couple of months, and it has also been suggested to me. So I think it’ll be worth trying, even though Fade Out wasn’t my cup of tea.

The Fade Out


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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