(Author: Ed Brubaker) + (Year: 2015) + (Goodreads)
For some reason, I had completely different expectations about this book and I thought I was going to be reading a supernatural noir, instead of just a regular one.
The Fade Out, much to my disappointment, was a rather ordinary crime novel set in the late 40’s in Hollywood. I say disappointing, because this volume had every single characteristic of every other noir novel: a troubled main guy, who is unwillingly dragged into a murder investigation and has alcohol problems; a dead starlet; a shady media mogul; a shiny boytoy with a nasty personality; a good guy who is getting destroyed by the sad events, etc etc. As a plus, this book also has Clark Gable. It’s very fortunate that I watched Gone with the Wind just a couple of weeks ago, so I was more excited to see him than I normally would have been.
Character-wise, everyone is basically one of the cliches I listed above. Story-wise, the book isn’t much more original.
If I was expecting a supernatural thriller, it didn’t work out to begin with. However, even the volume that I ended up reading didn’t possess many redeeming qualities. Except for the art. I rather liked the art style. It had ups and downs – the ups being that it very well fit into the 40’s Hollywood style and it was very pretty; and the downs, a lot of the characters kind of looked like each other to a point I wasn’t sure who was who.
I usually go optimistically about comic book volumes, persuading myself to continue with the next ones, but I think I will pass on act II of The Fade Out.