Sunday, June 10, 2012

Fatale and Fatale

In an unusual coincidence, I have been reading two things titled Fatale.  The first is the comic Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips and in a word, it is awesome.  A Lovecraftian-noir comic is a good description of it.  And I think it is a really great example of how good comics can be - this story would be too hard to do effectively as a movie and would lack its visual punch if done as a novel.  As a comic, it is brilliant.  It is an incredibly fun and exciting thing to read.  (Also, it reminds me of the RPG Call of Cthulhu I played as a kid - and one about espionage called, I think, Top Secret - which we used to add Cthulhu stuff to.)  And another thing - in addition to the great art in this series, the coloring is fantastic.  It is done by Dave Stewart, whose work I know from Hellboy and B.P.R.D.  I don't know much about coloring and lack the technical ability to describe the work but it just looks perfect.

The other Fatale I've been reading is the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette, recently translated and attractively published by the New York Review of Books.  A slim novel, it concerns a woman who is on a killing spree in France.  I'm not done reading it yet but I am enjoying it immensely.  I wish more were available in English by Manchette.  I have another novel of his, The Prone Gunman.  And there is another I will soon buy.  I know he has done some work with Jacques Tardi (or maybe Tardi has adapted Manchette's work into graphic novels) and I will be looking into those soon.


Jenni Wiltz said...

Just found your blog! I'd never heard of Manchette before, but now I'm dying to read Fatale...if for no other reason than that book cover is *fantastic.* I'd love to hang that up in oh, say, the dining room.

Cheers! And thanks again for the recommendation.

Book Glutton said...

I found out where the cover came from


You may not be able to get it for the dining room wall but I bet you could have it as wallpaper for your desktop.

I have been aware of Manchette for a few years but this is the first time I've read anything by him. Everything I see about him makes me think he was the coolest Frenchman ever. He translated a lot of American crime fiction into French - including Donald Westlake and Ross Thomas. Those are two of my all-time favorite writers and while it may not be sensible to chose a book based on other work a writer has done, it felt like a sign that I should. That, and the cover.