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The Fade Out 7 (June 2015)

The Fade Out #7The Fade Out doesn’t feel like anything but itself. Seven issues in and Brubaker and Phillips have shed any comparisons to their previous work; it’s another in their line of collaborations, but it’s wholly independent from them. One of the factors for it standing on its own so quickly is the lack of fantastical elements. It’s about creating the fantastic through “regular” human ugliness.

This issue opens with Charlie and Maya off on the beach enjoying a getaway weekend. Phillips has his delicate sex scenes, which give each panel a certain weight and pacing of their own, and even when Brubaker hints at the main plot lines, it’s gentle, conversational. The reader is on a getaway too. But, like Charlie, the escape can only last so long.

It’s not really a getaway so much as a scenic bridge. And maybe the best bridging issue I can remember, thanks to Phillips.


The Sound of Waves; writer, Ed Brubaker; artist, Sean Phillips; colorist, Elizabeth Breitweiser; publisher, Image Comics.

One response to “The Fade Out 7 (June 2015)”

  1. V Wiley

    At this point I am hard up to name another pair of collaborators who are so totally in sync, simultaneously working towards the same goal. Unbelievable chemistry at work here. Ms. Breitweiser holds her own on so many levels as a colorist also, adding to its success at being completely convicing as a narrative. Probably the most mesmerizing and satisfying comic out there these days. I also agree about this being the best example of a bridging issue you can find. It holds it’s own so well you don’t even notice the lack of plot advancement.

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