Shelf Control #216: The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips

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cropped-flourish-31609_1280-e1421474289435.pngTitle: The Fade Out: The Complete Collection
Author: Ed Brubaker (author) and Sean Philips (illustrator)
Published: 2018
Length: 360 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

A bold new paperback edition of the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel―now finally collecting the entire story in a single edition!

An epic graphic novel of Hollywood in the early days of the Blacklist, THE FADE OUT tracks the murder of an up-and-coming starlet from studio backlots to the gutters of downtown Los Angeles, as shell-shocked frontman Charlie Parish is caught between his own dying sense of morality and his best friend’s righteous sense of justice.

A picture-perfect recreation of a lost era, THE FADE OUT is an instant classic from the bestselling team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, who are joined by acclaimed color artist Elizabeth Breitweiser.

How and when I got it:

I bought a copy about a year ago.

Why I want to read it:

It’s been a while since I’ve read a graphic novel (or featured one as a Shelf Control pick). A family member recommended this to me last year — she swore it was one of the best graphic novels she’s ever read. My reading habit when it comes to graphic novels is really almost exclusively sci-fi/fantasy, but given the rave review, I thought I should give this one a try. It does sound good, and I liked the illustrations when I quickly paged through it.

What do you think? Would you read this book? 

Please share your thoughts!

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16 thoughts on “Shelf Control #216: The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips

  1. I don’t think I’ve read a murder (mystery?) graphic novel so far–may be some kiddie detective ones, but this does sound good–like one of those Humphrey Bogart films.

    • I don’t think I ever would have stumbled across this one on my own. It’s always nice when a recommendation points us in a completely new direction. 🙂

  2. This one sounds pretty interesting, Lisa! It’s funny I used to read SFF graphic novels exclusively, but I’ve discovered that I actually tend to prefer YA contemporary graphic novels. I don’t think there’s ever quite enough time spent on the story for me in SFF graphic novels.

    I really like the sound of this one – I’m a little bit obsessed with Buzzfeed Unsolved’s True Crime series, and I always enjoy the episodes they do on murders that occurred in the golden age of Hollywood. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it!

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    • For sure! And yet, I’m often surprised by how much I like something that’s outside of my usual genres or topics, so I do like to branch out once in a while. 🙂

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