Writer: Ed Brubaker
Author: Sean Phillips
Charlie, a struggling screenwriter, wakes up in an unfamiliar bath tub after a little-remembered evening of drunken carousing. On the living room floor, he finds a beautiful starlet strangled to death. As he works to piece things together, the dark, manipulative, misogynist world of late '40s Hollywood unfolds. Every man's a womanizer. The studio boss has a casting couch (maybe?) and secret passages. The more we learn, the more twisted the tale becomes.
The Fade Out is just the sort of story my wife loves so it's no surprise she discovered it first. Act One collects the first four of the twelve-issue run, originally published from 2014-2016. So far, the protagonist narrator is one of the least interesting characters though that changes as we gradually learn more about him, including the fact he worked with Clark Gable on his war documentaries. The artwork is dark and pulpy, a good fit for the genre. Definitely an R rating: nudity, violence and language.
I'm certainly in for this one through to the end. Gotta know what happened!