[[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]] [[WomanInBlack 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 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:
* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:Skip]] tries to rape Josephine in the third arc. It doesn't turn out so well for him.
* CompellingVoice: 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.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the FemmeFatale character archetype.
* 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.
* 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.
* FramingStory: Nicholas Lash in the present-day interludes.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Hank Raines.
* HumanSacrifice
* HumanoidAbomination. Bishop, and possibly Josephine as well.
* {{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.
* TomeOfEldritchLore