Sunday, August 6, 2017

Review: THE DEVIL'S BUSINESS by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips

Publisher Image
Length 136 pages
Format trade
Published 2012
Series Fatale (6-10)
My Copy I bought it

My Review
The second volume in the Fatale epic creates and concludes another chapter in the mysterious life of Josephine circa 1979. The eternal beauty who mystifies men with a mere look entraps a young and struggling actor into her gory world almost by accident; Miles fleeing from a gruesome cult killing murder scene with Suzy, a convert of the cult, stumbles upon Josephine’s secluded mansion as he searches for safety. There Josephine takes Miles and Suzy in, providing solace from the cult and any dangerous pursuers. 

The Devil’s Business can be confusing at times but reads better in a single sitting; it also requires the reader having some familiarity with the preceding volume Death Chases Me to understand the interludes, prologue and epilogue which span across two different periods; the 1950’s and present day.

The book doesn’t resolve the initial story arc introduced in Death Chases Me, rather it builds upon the lore of the cult and deepens the questions surrounding Josephine and her link to the violent Hollywood underground. Unlike Death Chases Me, The Devil’s Business does have a full story in it as mentioned above with new character Miles and his unfortunate involvement with the cult. 

The art is great and the chemistry between Phillips and Brubaker is evident throughout. Fatale is a series that hooks you in and will have you coming back for more. 

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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