The Fade Out is a new series from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Anything from that duo is awesome, but the book has even larger ramifications for both creators and Image Comics. In fact, it's the first book representing the complete freedom, creative control and ownership the duo now have at Image Comics. That means that for five years, they can do whatever they want with no interference from Image Comics as a publisher.
"This is amazing. It's like having an overall deal with a studio, except we get to greenlight our own projects," said Brubaker. "Sean and I have been making comics together for fifteen years, and in the early days before we built the passionate readership we have now, we struggled to survive, so a deal like this is exactly what I was looking for. I've already got more than enough ideas to fill those five years, and both Sean and I are looking forward to experimenting and really pushing the boundaries."
The first project on this new deal for the award-winning creators is The Fade Out, debuting this summer, following the conclusion of Fatale with issue #24.
"The Fade Out is my ultimate noir story. It's a brutal crime story set in late '40s Hollywood, and all spinning around the mysterious death of an up-and-coming starlet," said Brubaker. "For people who've been waiting for us to return to Criminal, this will be exactly what they're looking for, but on a much more epic scale—going from studio backlots to the debauchery of the rich and famous, and even stretching back to the horrors of World War Two."
The almost unprecedented deal gives the two security and the freedom to let their creative talents run amok. Several of their previous projects are already in development as films, with Kim Jee-Woon signed on to direct Coward, the inaugural story arc of Criminal, and Sleeper produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Giving such talents full run at a publisher such as Image Comics ensures that there will be nothing but top-notch books coming from them frequently. It's a win-win for readers and the creative team alike.
"Everyone at Image loves working with Ed and Sean,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “They’re one of the best creative teams working in comics today, with an absolutely stunning catalog of work, and I personally consider bringing Fatale to Image one of the best things to happen to us over what has been a pretty amazing last couple years. One of the great things about this business is the opportunities we’re given to work with good people, and it’s really gratifying to see directly how talent like Ed and Sean respond to the unparalleled freedom and support we offer at Image.”
Full press release below.