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Comicbook: Fatale
One look in her eyes is all it takes.

You know the character. She's 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 Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (of Criminal fame) which merges the Hardboiled Film Noir stylings of their previous work with 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 Cops and hoodlums, but also one of mad cults and Eldritch Abominations...

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Provides examples of:

  • Attempted Rape: Skip tries to rape Josephine in the third arc. It doesn't turn out so well for him.
  • Compelling Voice: Josephine's is strong enough that it can compel a person to suicide.
  • Cthulhumanoid: Bishop's true form. There seem to be others like him as well, hidden in plain sight.
  • Dirty Cop: 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.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Whatever elder god it is that the cult serves.
  • Femme Fatale: 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.
  • Framing Story: Nicholas Lash in the present-day interludes.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Hank Raines.
  • Human Sacrifice
  • Humanoid Abomination. Bishop, and possibly Josephine as well.
  • Mooks: Bishop seems to have an unlimited supply of them. They all wear Sunglasses at Night and look exactly the same.
  • The Nineties: The third story arc.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Bishop and Josephine. We don't know exactly how old either of them actually is.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Walter Booker.
  • Serial Killer: Wulf in the third arc, who also happens to be a cop.
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