Sean Phillips

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Rainy Day Reads

Top 5 Wednesday is a great feature created by GingerReadsLainey and hosted by ThoughtsonTomes. To find out more about Top 5 Wednesday and the upcoming topics, check out its Goodreads page. This week it’s all about rainy day reads, and to me a rainy day read should be a fun quick book so onto the five books that fit that criteria.

rebel of the sandsRebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
This book is fast-paced and action-packed. I read it all in one day which is the best kind of book when you’re stuck inside because it’s raining. Also it’s set in a desert so you can dream about being warm and dry while the rain hits your windows.



FullSizeRender (74)The Fade Out: Act One by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
So this comic isn’t cute or really much of an easy read but it is like a noir murder mystery and those are always the best when you can hear rain on the windows as it makes the story more atmospheric.



love streetLove Street by Andrew Matthews
This was my favourite book as a pre-teen and because it’s so short and sweet you can read it in one sitting. It’s a fun contemporary where the main character dreams about a soap opera in her head to help her make sense of her real life – it’s fun and cute, what more could you want on a rainy day?


Night Owls ElenaSquareEyesNight Owls by Jenn Bennett
A contemporary story about a couple of very different people who are both artists and it is set in San Francisco. It’s a quick read with relatable characters and a believable romance.



princess leia comicPrincess Leia by Mark Waid, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson and Jordie Bellaire
Comics and graphic novels are the best thing to read when it’s raining and the Princess Leia comic is great when you’re mind wants to get away from the dreary day you’re in. it’s full of space adventures, awesome kickass female characters and supportive female friendships and it’s generally just great.

REVIEW: The Fade Out: Act One by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

FullSizeRender (74)It’s 1948 in Hollywood and the death of an upcoming starlet is being covered up. Struggling screenwriter Charlie Parish is trying to figure out what really happened to her while trying to keep his life together.

The Fade Out feels like a noir film. With the setting and the art and the types of characters you all know, the drunk, the big boss, the struggling young actress and the naive lead – it’s all the markers for a noir thriller and while in some ways it’s playing on the stereotypes it also manages to be fresh and interesting.

I loved the setting of the Hollywood studios of the 1940’s. I loved learning about the studio system in my Film classes at school so seeing all the drama of a studio possibly failing and how tight the schedules were and how studios could loan out stars to other studios was great.

It’s got a slow build to it as Charlie begins to realise that he’s stumbled into something he shouldn’t that’s a lot bigger than him.

There’s a lot of characters in The Fade Out and while a lot of them are very distinctive I did get confused a few times as to who was who and how they related to different characters. Luckily there was a handy pictures and name list at the start of the book that I could flick back to whenever I got confused.

I’ll definitely be picking up the next volume as I’m intrigued as to where the story goes and who are really the bad guys. 4/5.