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The first of four standalone FATALE FLASHBACK issues, and a perfect place for new readers to jump on board. Welcome to 1930s California, a hard place to be for a girl on the run. Witness Josephine’s early days with the Femme Fatale curse, and see some of her elusive secrets revealed.

And remember each issue of FATALE contains extra content, articles and artwork that are not available anywhere but the printed single issues.

Story by Ed Brubaker
Art by Sean Phillips
Colors by Dave Stewart
Cover by Sean Phillips

Price: $3.50
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  1. This was a great stand alone issue. If you haven’t read Fatale, or you bailed on it earlier in the series, this is a great jumping on point!

    And this is coming from someone who has absolutely no affinity for Lovecraft or supernatural horror in general. It’s just really good comics from master creators.

  2. A great return to form after the last arc fizzled out. Looking forward to the rest of these one & done issues.

  3. I was excited for these one-shots, and this is a great start. I liked the story within a story framework, and of course Phillips’ art was awesome as usual. I was bummed that we didn’t get a Jess Nevins article again, but I’ll get over it. I’d be happy if this book never ended, so the ongoing status is really exciting, It’ll be cool to see where Brubaker takes the story now that it’s not limited to a specific number of issues.

    On a side note, I recently got to meet Mr. Brubaker, and he was cool as hell.

  4. I’m not sure if anyone will see this given that the issue came out almost a week ago, so I might have to re-post this when the next issue comes out, but here goes:

    Is Fatale a pro-woman or anti-woman story? Much of the noir from which Brubaker and Phillips get their inspiration was pretty anti-woman–the whole trope of the femme fatale (deadly woman!) casts female power and sexuality as dangerous prospects. Does Fatale reiterate this trend or reframe it?

    As far as we’ve gone in the series, Jo has used her powers in many ways, and we still don’t know their genesis or real extent. In the second arc she hides herself away in an attempt not to harm anyone again, but she gets sucked back into things through accidents of circumstance outside of her control. Is Brubaker saying that feminine power cannot be reined in, and attempts to do so may result in violence, collateral damage, etc.?

    Most of the series shows Jo using her powers to get herself out of sticky situations caused…by her powers. Her allure to men is simultaneously the cause of and solution to her problems. Is this a victim of her own wiles? Is she a victim at all?

    I recognize that I posed about a half dozen questions, but I just read this issue, and I’m an English teacher with a history of feminist activism, so this is kind of the convergence of several areas of interest.

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