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‘Night Fever’ HC (review)

Written by Ed Brubaker 
Art by Sean Phillips
Published by Image Comics

 

Of all the creative teams in modern comics, one of the best and long lasting is writer Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Together, they have created story after story for the fans to read. Best part? They have all been super interesting and well drawn. So, when they have a new project out, every reader should stand at attention. Such is the case of their latest work here which is called Night Fever.

I don’t want to give too much away with this review because the twists are fantastic and I don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment. The book starts off in Europe. We meet a businessman named Jonathan Webb.

Jonathan is having a real rough time trying to get sleep at night. He just can’t seem to be able to, no matter what he does.

He meets Rainer, who seems like they might be a bit of trouble. Rainer is his new friend, but also becomes a tour guide for Jonathan in this new city.

Together, we get to see them explore their surroundings. They head to some strange places. They also get involved with some crazy characters. It seems innocent at first, but that changes quick As Rainer takes Jonathan to some really dark and seedy places that threaten both of their existences. They both get into some real trouble because of it.

Even more so, this adventure starts to change Jonathan.

We get to see him become a dark version of himself. As the pair dig deeper into the underworld, reality starts to blend for Jonathan.

Is this dark version of him really his true self? Is there a way out of all this? Is he in danger from the people he meets? The creative team isn’t afraid to jump into some really dark places with this.

The story by Brubaker is very strong. The dialogue is crisp and the characters are all too real. The artwork by Sean Phillips is stunning as well. This book feels like a film that Stanley Kubrick never got around to making. It’s another feather in the cap for each of these creators. Everything about this book works and at the highest level.

The creative team could have phoned it in at this point, but they didn’t.

Instead, they created another great work, one that will stand the rest of time.

RATING: A

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