Fatale #3


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Fatale #3


  • Words: Ed Brubaker
  • Art: Sean Phillips
  • Colors: Dave Stewart
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: Mar 7, 2012

Ed Brubaker begins to reveal Jo's cunning and power.

Many parts of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Fatale #3 slowly develop Nick, Walt, and Hank’s story, weaving together bits and pieces to create a layered narrative.  With a month wait in between issues, however, several aspects of this method may confuse readers, but with careful dedication the effort to digest Fatale #3 is surely worth it.  In one of the boldest and most revealing moves yet, femme fatale Josephine unleashes her power over men in a cunning and deadly fashion.

Over the course of the first two issues, Brubaker dropped hints about the power and cunning traits Josephine holds within her.  Though she saved Nick from a deadly assassination attempt, and lead his pursuers on a high-speed car chase, her true power always lingered in the background hidden from view.  In issue #3, all of that changes.  In what begins as her meek and helpless portrayal of a damsel in distress, Jo unchains her deadly occult control over men, finally establishing her as both a calculating and deadly woman, while digging deeper into the mystery of her creation. 

As Jo feigns vulnerability, it becomes clear just how cunning she truly is.  From the outset, she has led three men across two generations by the tip of her finger, stringing their powerless minds along despite their own bewilderment.  With this installment, however, readers will begin to understand why they have succumbed to her control. 

After the third issue, it is still unclear who the main antagonist is, or the overall direction of the story, which only heightens the intensity and danger.  With the mystery focused on Jo and her history, Fatale will continue to be a worthy addition to Brubaker and Phillips’ catalogue. 

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