Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Sean Phillips
Since its inception, Fatale has been following Josephine, a mysterious woman who doesn't age, and who has some control over the actions of men. The first story was set in the 30s, while the second took place in the 70s. Last issue, which was a done-in-one story, saw Josephine investigating her own strange situation, and talking to an author who has some insight into condition, based on his own experiences in the 1890s.
This issue is quite different from anything that has gone before, as Brubaker takes us to the Languedoc region of France in the late thirteenth century. Here, we meet Mathilda, a woman who can not be injured, and who never ages. She doesn't understand any more about herself than Jo does, and after fleeing a religious group that tried to burn her at the stake, she ends up living in a small cabin in the woods with an older man.
This story doesn't give us a whole lot of insight into Josephine, or the cult that is pursuing her, but it does establish that these 'femmes fatale' have been around for a long time, and that the larger story of Fatale has some very deep roots.
A comic by Brubaker and Phillips is always enjoyable, and I was very pleased to see that Bettie Breitweiser, my current favourite colourist, has joined the team. She did incredible work on Brubaker's Marvel books (Captain America and Winter Soldier), and I like looking at her work with Sean Phillips. This is a terrific series that just keeps getting better and better.