Published on November 12th, 2014 | by Ninjette Natasha0
The Fade Out #3 – Review
Another gorgeous issue of The Fade Out, showing the life of our new female lead Maya Silver replacing the recently deceased Valeria Sommers.
This issue starts out with a view into the happiest weeks of Victor Thursby’s life, however he was dragged straight back down to earth by Phil Brosky. Despite having his own picture company and having the freedom to give his own orders, he still felt trapped, longing to relive those weeks in 1928. We really see the desperation and longing in the character of Victor Thursby and despite the fact that he may have an almost perfect life from the outside, there is so much more to his character than meets the eye.
Maya Silver has been promised the role in the movie that deceased starlet Valeria Sommers was the lead, and looking back to how she got to this point in her career shows the darker and sordid side of Hollywood once more. However because of this brilliant opportunity she now feels that she can move on from this dark past and really focus on her new career, but what is waiting for her at home is not so happy about this change. Her husband shows, using brute force, how he feels about her up-and-coming career and what other people within the industry have done to keep him out of the way.
Bribery, sex, and violence play a prominent role in Hollywood around this time period in this issue particularly with these two characters. One of which shows sex as more of a freedom whereas on the other side of things shows it in a more derogatory fashion as a way of control and progression within the industry.
Another great article at the back of The Fade Out. This time it is the story of the relationship between Lana Turner and mobster Johnny Stompanato or Johnny the Stomp, and how the pressures of Hollywood, jealousy, and abuse ultimately lead to his death.
I found in this issue the character interaction was so realistic and really drew me in, even simple scenes such as Maya waiting to be called to her casting shoot with another girl, the communication between both of them being friendly but competitive was so realistic I felt like I was watching a film. A lot of the time when I am reading The Fade Out I feel like I am watching an old movie and can see all of the scenes in motion in my head. The story really opened my eyes into the complexity of these two characters, and what brought them to this stage of their lives and where they are today.
Another great issue and I can’t wait to see where the story takes us next.