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Review: Manchette’s Fatale

Manchette_Fatale_CoverReading for me can be euphoric. Then there are times when I come across a body of work that causes me nothing but pain. I want to stop, but I suffer from a nerdy quirk that compels me to finish what I started, regardless of the mental anguish it causes.

Machette’s Fatale is a 137 page graphic novel adaptation, by Max Cabanes and Doug Headline, of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s same titled 90-page novella (who is also the original author behind the ‘The Gunman’ movie starring Sean Penn). I have never heard of Manchette before, but supposedly he is like a French Dashiell Hammett and famous for writing dark crime noir with nihilistic existentialist themes critical of the French Bourgeoisie during the 70s and 80s (unfortunately this adaptation has not inspired me in any way to read his work).

The back cover bragged that it was nominated at the prestigious Festival international de la bande dessine d’Angoulême (kind of like our American Comic Con, but a bit more literary and French, with a lot less cosplay), so I was expectant of a good read.

In excruciating detail—no hyperbole—I was introduced to Aimée Joubert, an extremely beautiful killer, with a chip on her shoulder against all men. Her modus operandi is to ingratiate herself into the current locale’s high society, to take advantage of private scandals, and drum up clients for her gun-for-hire business.

Fifty pages in, I couldn’t care less about her, or Baron Jules, or any of the other townsfolk. There was nothing in this story that stirred any kind of emotion in me. The characters were vile and repulsive; and Aimée, although attractive, was numbingly dull. The art was flat, no better than that of what I’ve seen in the past within the more dramatic Sunday dailies of Brenda Starr; and the written detail of no import was painful to work through.

Maybe it went over my head, but the only good moment I can recall was the relief I felt when I saw these two words: “The End.” This is at best a niche book for a limited audience of French Lit lovers of purposeless nihilistic violent endings.

If you’re not a member of this exclusive club, pass it by on the rack.

Story: Jean-Patrick Manchette Adapted: Doug Headline Art: Max Cabanes
Story: 6 Art: 6 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

 

 

 

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Preview: Fatale #24

Fatale #24

Story By: Ed Brubaker
Art By: Sean Phillips
Cover By: Sean Phillips
Price: $4.99
Diamond ID: MAR140508
Published: July 30, 2014

IT ALL ENDS HERE! The final extra-length issue of FATALE! There’s so much story that we needed a lot more room. Will Josephine’s final secrets be revealed? Will there be much tragedy? Will Brubaker and Phillips fans love all the crazy extras jammed into this special final issue? Yes, yes, and yes.

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Preview: Fatale #23

Fatale #23

Story By: Ed Brubaker
Art By: Sean Phillips
Art By: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Cover By: Sean Phillips
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: FEB140600
Published: June 18, 2014

The strangest issue of FATALE yet, as Nicolas Lash finally learns the last of Josephine’s secrets, and the universe will never look the same. Don’t forget that every issue of FATALE contains extra art and articles not available anywhere but the single issues!

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Preview: Fatale #22

Fatale #22

Story By: Ed Brubaker
Art By: Sean Phillips
Cover By: Sean Phillips
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: DEC130570
Published: May 7, 2014

The life story of the man-monster called The Bishop.

As always, every issue of FATALE includes extras and articles every month!

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Humble Bundle Launches Pay-What-You-Want Image Comics Bundle

Image_Comics_logo_largeI’ve been waiting for this to happen, but Humble Bundle and Image comics have teamed up for a new offering and promotion that’ll last two weeks. For those unfamiliar with Humble Bundle, customers name their price, splitting the proceeds as they choose between various possibilities, usually including Humble Bundle, the publisher participating, and a charity. This offering will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. That means customers could give all the money to the CBLDF, to Image, or to Humble Bundle, or split it any way they choose. Usually, for those giving a higher than average amount, they also unlock other giveaways.

You can name your price for the following:

  • East of West Vol. 1 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta
  • Lazarus Vol. 1 by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark
  • Morning Glories Vol. 1 by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma
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For those who pay more than average, you’ll also receive:

  • Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
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If you pay $15 or more you also get:

  • The Walking Dead Vol. 1
  • The Walking Dead Vol. 20

Not only do you get to help a great organization through this, but you get a hell of a lot of comics. Humble Bundle has raised $37 million for 20 different charities and non-profits, since it launched in 2010.

Preview: Fatale #21

Fatale #21

Story By: Ed Brubaker
Art By: Sean Phillips
Art By: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Cover By: Sean Phillips
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: NOV130502
Published: March 26, 2014

Part two of the most intense arc of FATALE so far! Nicolas Lash and Josephine finally meet again, as everything we know about Fatale gets flipped on its side… when the hunted becomes the hunter.

And don’t forget all the back page extras and articles you can only find in FATALE’s single issues every month!

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Preview: Fatale #20

Fatale #20

Story By: Ed Brubaker
Art By: Sean Phillips
Art By: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Cover By: Sean Phillips
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: OCT130473
Published: February 12, 2014

NEW STORY ARC!

Nicolas Lash is in the deepest trouble possible, and there’s only one person who can save him now… the problem is, trouble is her business.

And don’t forget all the back page extras you can only find in FATALE’s single issues every month!

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