[[caption-width-right:332:One look in her eyes is all it takes.]]

[[StockCharacters You know the character.]] She's [[FemmeFatale the beautiful lady with the mysterious past and plenty of secrets]] dressed all in black, who seems so ''vulnerable'' on the surface, like she just needs a strong man to protect her from all the creeps and lowlifes she's somehow gotten embroiled with. A strong man like you, maybe. And before you know it, one look into those deep eyes later and you're hers, and there's nothing you can do about it, and you'll do ''anything'' for her -- no matter how vicious or corrupt or vile, no matter how low you have to sink. And before you know it, your life's in ruins, there's corpses piling up all around you, and you're sunk into a moral quagmire from which there seems to be no escape... all because of her.

And even then, you'd still do anything for her, just for a smile or a kiss or a touch. It's like she owns your soul. It's almost supernatural.

Only... what if it actually ''was'' supernatural?

''Fatale'' is a comic book series by Creator/EdBrubaker and Sean Phillips (of ''ComicBook/{{Criminal}}'' fame) which [[FantasticNoir merges]] the Hardboiled FilmNoir stylings of their previous work with [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] overtones. Spanning a timeframe from the 1930s to the present, it centres around a mysterious woman, Josephine, who appears eternally young throughout the story and seems to have a magnetic pull on any man who crosses her path and links to the underworld -- only not just the underworld of {{Dirty Cop}}s and hoodlums, but also one of [[ReligionOfEvil mad cults]] and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s...


!! Provides examples of:
* AnArmAndALeg: Nicolas very quickly in the story gets involved in an incident that leaves him without one of his legs.
* AnyoneCanDie
* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:Skip]] tries to rape Josephine in the third arc. It doesn't turn out so well for him.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Literally everyone who has ever encountered Josephine is either dead or mad but Jo finally breaks the curse and is allowed to age normally.]]
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Bishop and his minions are pure evil but Jospephine is incredibly reckless and manipulative about how she uses the men under her thrall to do her bidding although she is remorseful about it.
* CassandraTruth: Darcy warns the rest of the band Amsterdam that "Jane" is nothing but trouble and will lead them to ruin. She's not wrong. [[spoiler: Jo having sex with both Lance and Tom drives a wedge in the group. Skip in a lust driven frenzy tries to rape her and she forces him to drown himself in their toilet. Wulf, looking for Jo, brutally murders Jon, Tom, and Darcy and then attempts to sacrifice Lance. Lance survives but is driven utterly mad into a rambling murdering mess that eventually falls into a multidimensional rift and is probably devoured by elder gods.]] Should have listened to Darcy, guys.
* CompellingVoice: Josephine's is strong enough that it can compel a person to suicide.
* CosmicHorror
* CrazyJealousGuy: Men will literally kill for Josephine.
* {{Cthulhumanoid}}: Bishop's true form. There seem to be others like him as well, hidden in plain sight.
* DarkSavior: Hansel of the second arc looks like the stereotypical image of Jesus. He's anything but.
* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: Of the FemmeFatale character archetype. Josephine is supernaturally cursed to remain young, beautiful, and alluring, and is something of a LivingAphrodisiac. She actually hates the fact that men keep falling hopelessly in love with her to the point of self-destruction, since it means she can never have a fulfilling relationship.
* DirtyCop: The first arc partially centres around a couple of corrupt cops who've gotten into something way outside of the norm. Walter Booker, at least, is a more nuanced portrayal of the trope than we usually see, and he started out with good intentions.
* EldritchAbomination: Whatever elder god it is that the cult serves.
* FantasticNoir: It's set in the 1950s with a bunch of detectives investigating a series of ritualistic murders, with a supernatural FemmeFatale at the center of it who's fighting demonic eldritch forces.
* FemmeFatale: Deconstructed; Josephine's allure is decidedly supernatural in nature. She's also more sympathetic than the usual stock character in that she hates her life and the effect she has on men, but is unable to control it.
* TheFifties: The first story.
* FilmNoir: Especially in the first arc but present in degrees although the story.
* FramingStory: Nicholas Lash in the present-day interludes.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Hank Raines. Later, [[spoiler: Lance and Nicolas]]
* GrandTheftMe: Bishop uses this to [[spoiler: escape death after Booker mortally wounds him at the end of the first arc, using the body of Hank's unborn son as a vessel.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Booker dies ripping out Bishop's eyes, something that weakens and affects Bishop for the rest of the comic.]]
* HollywoodSatanism: Literally in the case of the Method Church who wear stereotypical black robes with inverted crosses and participate in murderous orgy rituals in the Hollywood hills and cater to the film industry elite's darkest desires.
* HumanSacrifice
* HumanoidAbomination. Bishop, and possibly Josephine as well.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Booker coughing is a sign that he's deathly ill. Of course, eventually he starts coughing up ''blood'', so he better be.
* ImperiledInPregnancy: Hank's pregnant wife Sylvia is brutally murdered by Bishop, who then frames Hank for the deed.
* LipstickMark: Both Hank's best friend and his wife notice that he's been having an affair because of Josephine's lipstick left on his collar.
* {{Mooks}}: Bishop seems to have an unlimited supply of them. They all wear SunglassesAtNight and look exactly the same.
* TheNineties: The third story arc.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Bishop and Josephine. We don't know exactly how old either of them actually is.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Walter Booker.]]
* SerialKiller: Wulf in the third arc, who also happens to be a cop.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: One of the deconstructions, Josephine is unable to have a normal life because every man around her finds her so beautiful they must have her.
* TheSeventies: The second story.
* TomeOfEldritchLore