Fell Vol. 1: Feral City (Fell Singles Issues #1-8)
Fell: If you retrieve that piece of tomato from where it fell and then put it in your mouth I will shoot you.
Coroner: ...I was simply going to remove it. I have to go over the bridge for organic tomato, you know.
Four panels later, the coroner pops...more
The setting is a creepy suburb called Snowtown, a dark, bleak place overtaken by urban decay. Fell is a detective exiled to this place, and fights something of a losing battle against the hopelessness and pointless, horrific violence that pervade the place.
The stories themselves are dark and often gruesome, and made all th...more
Warren Ellis's writing is often full of everything that lurks in the shadows and goes bump in the night. He explores the underbelly from the underbelly's point of view. That's what Snowtown is, from the perspective of detective Fell. Everyone is hiding something, even our savant Detective who is akin to TV's "The Mentalist" or "Psych" with his powers of observation, common sense. But he also has the ability to imagine the worst, and the TV characters would never find...more
warren's so good at what he does that it is incredibly subtle here, in these 8 nine panel 16 page short crime stories about a cop actually trying to do his job in an abandoned, blighted urban environment. you could be distracted by the recurrent ellisisms, (tough, damaged protagonists, extemely f-cked up social mores, cigarettes, heavy drinking) but (and honestly, if anything is an ellisism, this is too), there is a beating, loving heart vibrating at the center of this morass. detective fell wan...more
In its monthly format, it is the comic that I look forward to the most, the one I savor for last and the one that better not be missing from my monthly pile.
Once these are collected in a nice big, pretty hard-cover, I'll pick on up for my shelf.
The basic plot is that Fell, a homicide detective, screws up somehow and gets sent from his downtown district over the bridge and into Snowtown, the worst area of the unnamed city where he works. Each chapter focuses on a single case and they range from random beatings to "fl...more
It's possible the series will never get a restart--by which I mean Ellis and Templesmith picking up where they left off and not a complete reboot--and reading the story again, I find myself about 87% okay with that (the other 13% purely selfish and wanting more of everythi...more
I am fairly new to the world of Graphic Novel reading, so bare with me on this. Warren Ellis has created a delightfully dark & witty story arc with the feral city series. The crimes are ummm imaginative and grissly, with some delightful dialogues (...more
(It's certainly one of the *darkest* books I've ever read - there isn't muc...more
My first reaction was hell no!
Whoever encountered Transmetropolitan first, of all Ellis' works, will be confused or disappointed like I was with his other works. Nothing beats Transmetropolitan, lower your expectations.
Freak Angels was ok, some good concepts, good art, teenies might love it. This..gave me a rush of...more
В каждом из выпусков рассказывается одна история, которая начнется на первой странице и обязательно...more
Fans of Ellis's writing will find a lot to love, here: a flawed hero who wins some and loses some, odd and sometimes disturbing facts seamlessly woven into the story, and not too much of, as another reviewer said, the usual ranting.
Two nits: The style of Fell's dialogue sometimes blends into that of the minor characters, which is to say into Warre...more
And who comes to get you? Most notable among the cast of villainous characters is a Richard Nixon masked nun seen buying a gun and handing out a knife. But Tricky Dick isn’t responsible for filling the Coroner’s Lair. Causes of death range from alcohol poisonin...more
Fell is the opposite. Fell is cool. It mi...more
When he's good I'm not sure there is any other comic scribe who can match his wits. In Fell: Feral City, Ellis does what only he and a few others in comics are still able to do, tell a complete story in a single issue of a comic which still builds to a larger narrative. If Ellis' other series, Planetary, is the prime example of this technique, than Fell is its demented twin brother....more
Fell isn't big on due process, but Snowtown gives him a lot of latitude in doing things his own way. He...more
I just picked this up out of my collection, read it again, and felt like throwing down a quick review on it.
Fell is a powerful collaboration between the uniquely dark artwork of Ben Templesmith (whom you probably know from his awesome 30 Days Of Night series w/ Steve Niles) and the excellent Warren Ellis. It tells the story of the detective Richard Fell who is transferred to 'Snowtown' across the river from the big city where he was hailed as a great cop. Snowtown is unlike any other city; it h...more
Life in Snowtown leaves its mark.
No-one knows that better than Richard Fell, late of the NYPD, transferred to the dead-end, no-hope nowhere of Snowtown for reasons only later revealed.
Tasked with solving crimes in a place where murder is a matter for shrugs and belonging is a brand seared literally into the skin, the dour but brilliant Fell elects
to observe and reason his way from bad to worse situation in Warren Ellis' and Ben Templesmith's grim, sepia-toned...more
Second novel, GUN MACHINE, due from Mulholland Books in autumn of 2012.
First non-fiction book due from FSG in 2014.
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