Image Comics: Preview ‘The Fade Out’ – Eisner Award-Winning Series from Writer on HBO’s ‘Westworld’

The New York Times bestseller and recent Eisner Award-winner for Best Limited Series THE FADE OUT by writer Ed Brubaker, artist Sean Phillips, and colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser is now available in a deluxe hardcover edition. THE FADE OUT deluxe hardcover edition collects the complete series, features bonus content, and makes the perfect gift for the holidays.

unnamed-2THE FADE OUT marks the noir team’s most ambitious project yet. An epic noir set in the world of noir itself, THE FADE OUT takes place in the backlots and bars of Hollywood at the end of its Golden Era. A movie stuck in endless reshoots, a writer damaged from the war and lost in the bottle, a dead movie star and the lookalike hired to replace her. Nothing is what it seems in the place where only lies are true.

Of particular interest are Brubaker’s own real life ties to Hollywood, both in the present and past. Currently, Brubaker is a writer on and serves as Supervising Producer for HBO’s WESTWORLD series—a series that’s garnered much buzz amongst critics as HBO’s next big Game-of-Thrones-level success. And before that, Brubaker gained notoriety for his noir revisioning of Captain America: Winter Soldier, influences of which were drawn upon for the film adaptation. Next up, Brubaker has been tapped as the writer on the forthcoming Maniac Cop remake.

But Brubaker has an interesting familial tie to Old Hollywood as well, as the nephew of Golden-Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated, noir screenwriter John Paxton (Murder, My Sweet, Cornered, and Crossfire) who worked in Hollywood during the Red Scare. Two of Paxton’s friends and collaborators, Adrian Scott and Edward Dmytryk were among the Hollywood Ten, the first of those ruined by the blacklist.

THE FADE OUT Deluxe Hardcover (ISBN: 978-1632159113) is an instant classic and a must-have. It is available in-stores now (Diamond Code JUL160832) and can be ordered online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, and Indigo.

fadeout01_review-6Select praise for THE FADE OUT:

“With a fantastic start and an ambitious future, The Fade Out is another promising title from a partnership that’s been producing first-rate work for over a decade. It’s a book that’s instantly reminiscent of what they’ve done before, but it also provides a canvas for the pair to go further than they have before. And besides—it’s hard to beat that setting.” —Entertainment Weekly

“A fun, fast read that is fully engaging. The multiple story lines and deeply flawed characters will keep the reader invested. Some of the content is for a mature audience, but this should not deter a worthy library purchase. For fans of Brubaker and Phillips, film noir, and Golden Age Hollywood stories.” —Library Journal (Starred) 

fadeout01_review-7“Hollywood has never looked so dark, so sinister and so seductive. It’s a story that only a Brubaker/Phillips comic could tell.” —Paste Magazine

“Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are peanut butter and jelly at this point. You may enjoy them separately, but there’s nothing better when you combine them.” —IGN

“Offers a fresh spin on the genre.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“It’s a slow-burning, original ensemble drama the likes of which these collaborators haven’t really attempted in the past, and trying something different has only improved an already outstanding partnership.” —The Onion’s A.V. Club

fadeout01_review-8“Phillips is a master of mood and emotion, which serves him well here, as he accentuates plot twists and subdued character moments with perfect expressions and body language.” —Tech Times

“These guys are masters of their craft.” —Bloody Disgusting

“Ed Brubaker’s darker than dark drama about the inner workings of Hollywood at a crucial phase of the industry’s change is essential reading and further proof that Brubaker and Sean Phillips are two of the industry’s best, performing at the top of their game.” —PopOptiq

fadeout01_review-91“To capture the look of 1940s Los Angeles, Baker and Phillips hired a research assistant, Amy Condit, who runs the LA Police Museum and curated the recent exhibit of the Black Dahlia case. She is worth whatever they paid her—the look and mood of The Fade Out is like a trip in a time machine to a Los Angeles built by Chandler, Fante, Hammett, and Nathanael West.” —Boing Boing

“A fantastic job from start to finish.” —Comic Book Resources



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