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Night Fever #1

Comicscore Index
Universal acclaim

Based on 6 critic ratings.

A gripping new original graphic novel from ED BRUBAKER & SEAN PHILLIPS, the bestselling creators of PULP, RECKLESS, CRIMINAL, and KILL OR BE KILLED.

Who are you, really? Are you the things you do, or are you the person inside your mind?

In Europe on a business trip, Jonathan Webb can’t sleep. Instead, he finds himself wandering the night in a strange foreign city with his new friend, the mysterious and violent Rainer, as his guide. Rainer shows Jonathan the hidden world of the night, a world without rules or limits. But when the fun turns dangerous, Jonathan may find himself trapped in the dark—the question is, what will he do to get home?

NIGHT FEVER is a pulse-pounding Jekyll-and-Hyde noir thriller about a man facing the darkness inside himself. This riveting tour of the night is a must-have for all BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS fans!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
119 pages
Amazon ASIN

6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Night Fever is a graphic novel that further cements the trio of creators, Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Jacob Phillips, as one of the powerhouses of modern comics. The graphic novel grips the reader in an instant, utilizing a hypnotic narration combined with detailed linework and enthralling colors to dig at the subconscious and explore the darker elements of human nature. It’s a classic noir framework, and proves that established rhythms for genre and works can succeed when the right care and attention are applied.

    After the team’s previous works, there should be no doubt that this book is a must-read, but it’s thrilling to see them excel at something new and original each time. Even after putting the book down, it will continue to haunt its audience’s mind, creating a cycle of understanding as it compels the audience to read again, now in a similar headspace to the book’s protagonist in the opening.

  • 96

    Forces Of Geek

    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.

  • 95


    Night Fever is a very, very fine comic. Acknowledging that Phillips and Brubaker’s work is darn near catnip for me, it’s an impeccably crafted that sees the team push themselves in exciting ways. In particular, I hope that Sean Phillips continues his exploration of the surreal and experimentation with black pages and their interaction with the classical comics form. It’s so, so cool.

  • 92

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Night Fever is like a drug-fueled trip through the streets of France, but it’s also so much more. It’s Nihilistic and hopeful, primitive and sophisticated, mysterious and obvious all at once. Sometimes it feels like a stumble through the dark, other times it feels like a scream into a pillow. This creative team puts everything on the page.

  • 90


    As a late adopter of the Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips hype, Night Fever was a great introduction to their distinct brand noir brilliance. Seeing the back of the book adorned with the titles made by these creative powerhouses and the accolades they’ve collected inspired me to pick up more of their work from here. While Night Fevers feels a bit short, its story is a wild ride from start to finish and lingers with you after turning its final page.

  • 85

    Graphic Policy

    Night Fever is a midlife crisis dressed up in Day-Glo with insightful scripting from Ed Brubaker and dreamy art from Sean Phillips plus some of the best coloring work ever done by Jacob Phillips. It’s best read late at night before getting up for your shitty day job and succeeds both as a character study and a thrilling genre story with a unique visual language that makes it stand out from Brubaker and Phillips’ other collaborations.

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