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June 24, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Fatale’ 15: Brubaker, Phillips on grunge, horror of ’90s Seattle

Warning: This gallery of preview pages contains profanity. "Fatale" No. 15 returns the series to its main story -- and present day -- after four stand-alone stories spread across centuries. The cover art of an imprisoned Nicolas Lash and the mysterious Josephine is by Sean Phillips, who's nominated for Eisner Awards for both his cover and interior art on the series. (Image Comics)
“Fatale,” which has trailed the mesmerizing, unaging femme Josephine on her run from supernatural evil through 1950s San Francisco, 1970s Los Angeles and World War II Romania, is now following her to Ed Brubaker’s past: 1990s Seattle. And writing a “Fatale” arc in a time and place dear to him has been “weird,” Brubaker says – a fitting feeling for anything involved with the creator-owned horror-noir series he produces with his longtime collaborator, artist Sean Phillips (just consider the villainous Hansel, who under his human disguise has a tentacled, fanged face). The Image Comics-published title returns to its main narrative after four stand-alone issues on Wednesday with No. 15, and Hero Complex readers have an exclusive look at the first six pages —  a prologue that checks in with the hard-luck Nicolas Lash — in the gallery above and the […]
Oct. 25, 2012 | 3:52 p.m.

Thomas Jane’s ‘Dark Country’ gets 3-D screening, graphic novel

Thomas Jane (featured image)
Thomas Jane, the star of “The Punisher,” “Hung” and “The Mist,” is bringing his 2009 horror film “Dark Country” to the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles on Sunday as part of a desert noir 3-D double feature and Q&A. A cult darling, “Dark Country,” about a newlywed couple on a desert drive who find a badly injured man, is based on a short story by Tab Murphy, the screenwriter behind Disney’s “Tarzan” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Sunday’s screening (alongside 1953’s “Inferno”) comes on the heels of the publication of a graphic novel adaptation of “Dark Country,” written by Murphy and illustrated by Zürich-born cartoonist Thomas Ott. The graphic novel, on sale in comic book stores and on Comixology, also includes behind-the-scenes material by Tim Bradstreet, who consulted on the film and co-founded Raw Studios with Jane. Hero Complex […]
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