Fatale #9 showcases what this series does best. You never have all the answers. You're never quite sure of what the plan is, or if there even is one. All you know for sure is that there are dark things out there, and the men who worship them will do anything and everything to appease them. There is no way this story ends well. There is no way that our “heroes” walk off into the sunset. Fatale is not about that. It's about darkness, and that's what makes it so damn good.
There are few teams in the history of the comic medium as consistent as Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Everything they do is at least good, often great. Fatale is, quite possibly, the best series they have produced together. It mixes the best elements of Criminal with unspeakable horrors; horrors that we the readers, often times, don't even get see. But they are there, no doubt. You can feel them in the pages. We don't have to see the movie that Method Church wants so very badly. We know that it shows something something dark and sinister. We know just how bad it is because Brubaker and Philips have shown us its path of destruction.