I’m normally drawn to horror, kick ass ladies, and superheroes in my comics, but The Fade Out Vol. 1 was available on Comixology and I liked the look of the cover. What can I say? I can’t resist the pretty covers.

The Fade Out Vol. 1 Review

The Fade Out is an epic noir set in the world of noir itself, 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.

The Fade Out Vol. 1 review of an epic noir set in the world of noir itself.Charlie Parish is a Hollywood screen writer that has woken up from a night of blackout drinking, and this clearly wasn’t the first time. As the events of the night before come back to him he finds himself just feet from the dead body of the starlet of his movie. Panicking Charlie erases all evidence of his presence and hurries to the set of the movie he and the now deceased leading lady had been working on: a noir that is in a state of perpetual rewrite. From the director that takes himself too seriously to the creepy studio director to the larger than life leading man, this movie and studio have issues. Charlie relies heavily on his writing partner that has fallen prey to McCarthyism and helps him cover up a secret he’s kept hidden since his return from The War, but even that comes back to haunt Charlie. Will Charlie ever be able to figure out who murdered the ingenue turned celebutante, or will his whole world continue to unravel?

The Fade Out Vol. 1 review of an epic noir set in the world of noir itself.

The pace of the plot develops naturally as we learn alongside Charlie what might have happened that night, but there’s a tension to everything. Like the stalled movie there’s the urgency of “hurry up and wait.” It’s beautifully illustrated and captures the seedy underside of Hollywood’s golden days while also paying tribute to the glamour and glitz with aplomb. I was as curious of the myriad of flawed characters that populated this desaturated world as I was of the murderer. I’ll definitely be reading Volumes 2 and 3, not only because I have to know how this plays out, but also because the characters and world are just so wonderfully compelling.

The Fade Out Vol. 1 review of an epic noir set in the world of noir itself.

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  • Danielle Knapp

    Ooh this sounds like a good one!

  • Sounds like a great comic!