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Fell Vol. 1: Feral City (Fell Singles Issues #1-8)

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Detective Richard Fell is transferred over the bridge from the big city to Snowtown, a feral district whose police investigations department numbers three and a half people (one detective has no legs). Dumped in this collapsing urban trashzone, Richard Fell is starting all over again. In a place where nothing seems to make any sense, Fell clings to the one thing he knows t...more
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Published June 5th 2007 by Image Comics (first published September 2005)
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Mark Desrosiers
In one of the opening stories, we encounter a coroner eating a sandwich over this corpse, while our protagonist, Detective Fell, can barely contain his vomit. A tomato drops from the sandwich into the corpse, and coroner goes after it with his pincers:

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
John Huizar
Sep 04, 2007 John Huizar rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: mature comic fans
One of my favorite comics ever, collected here into a trade paperback. The comics themselves were short, only 19 pages, but extremely dense, each one telling a complete story.

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
Arminzerella
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Muz
Not for the faint of heart.

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
Tony
Crime meets horror in this collection of eight stories about Detective Richard Fell -- once a high-flying investigator in the big city, now exiled across the river/bay to a rotting urban wasteland called Snowtown. Imagine Brooklyn or Queens, sitting across the water from Manhattan, or Oakland sitting across the bay from San Francisco. Now imagine them without any daylight and barely any city services, with packs of wild dogs, and rampant with psychopaths. Fell is that lonely knight walking down...more
Brenton Nichol
This was quite an intriguing graphic novel collection; each chapter contains a short, to-the-point, self-contained story, but each one also gives a few hints concerning the overall story-arc of the series. The main characters are likable, while flawed, which I don't always find to be the case with crime-noir. This initial volume delivers an exciting setting and a fast and rewarding pace within the small stories while also setting up some larger mysteries that will only be examined over time thro...more
Jamil

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
Federiken Masters
Feb 07, 2012 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans de los autores.
Recommended to Federiken by: Que estaba a mano
Cosa rara. Cosa macabra. Cosa experimental. Cosa concisa. Cosa llamativa. Qué cosa, estos autores. Si algún día se dignan a continuar la serie, quizás yo me digne a escribir una reseña un poco más elaborada. Eso sí, vamos a aprovechar para quejarnos de la edición española: ¡Contratad un puto corrector, coño! Hacía rato que no veía tantas burradas, tantos errores de traducción y estilísticos en un comic relativamente serio. ¡Dios le da pan...!
Judd Karlman
Fell might just be the comic that we look back on and notice as Ellis' best shit. He isn't trying too damned hard and is just enjoying a damned good cop story in a feral fucking city.

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.
Lisamarie
Jul 12, 2007 Lisamarie rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: My mom! Oh wait, I wouldn't.
OH wow ... the chapter/issue with the ex-crackhead mom and the creepy house and the restraining order just about did me in! But there's also a real sweetness to it and it's a fresh and original cop story. I love the bartender, and really anything having to do with the bar. Nice art too.
Brian Dickerson
Just dang good. So much story packed into each self-contained issue. I hope Ellis / Templesmith pick this back up soon. I need to know about the Nixon nun.
Matthew
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Up till now, I've only read Ellis's superhero stuff and really hadn't been all that impressed. Fell, however, seems to be a story he really wants, maybe even needs, to tell.

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
Gayle Francis Moffet
This is the fourth or fifth time I've read Fell. I keep rereading because there are occasionally rumors that the series is going to get started again, and I think, "Oh, I loved that series. I should read it again." And so I do.

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
Michael
Wow...Just wow. How can a comic depicting such a depressing rotted out hellhole(Snowtown) have such an optimistic subtext. In Fell, we follow the eponymous Richard Fell, a detective from across the bridge who is transferred into Snowtown from a much larger city whose presence is hinted at though not elaborated upon. Fell was apparently transfered across the bridge for some kind of mistake he made while employed across the bridge. But despite being exiled in Snowtown(seriously, in several flashba...more
Anna
"Dumped in the collapsing urban trashzone called Snowtown, Detective Richard Fell is starting all over again. In a place where nothing seems to make sense, Fell clings to the one thing I knows to be true... Everybody is hiding something. Even Him."

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
Susanne
Dec 17, 2008 Susanne rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Susanne by: the internets
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And thus Mr Ellis is redeemed, at least in this humble reader's opinion. (I didn't like Crooked Little Vein.) This was my first graphic novel by the man, and I will buying my local comic shop bare of anything else in this series. Feral City lives up to its name triumphantly. Crime abounds in Snowtown, shady characters inhabit the scenes, and the panels exude a darkness and a grittyness that make you glad you're not there.

(It's certainly one of the *darkest* books I've ever read - there isn't muc...more
Irena
*to be updated; someone's really bad librarianship resulted in me believing volume 1 was #1-4 and volume 2 was #5-8, rather than #1-8 being vol. 1 and #9 being the unfinished vol. 2*

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
Kayleigh
Snowtown is the kind of town you hope could never exist. Only a bridge separates it from a city we'd probably all recognise but Snowtown seems to be from another time, or another world. Broken by rampant violence, crime and crippling poverty, Snowtown is empty of life, colour or hope and the vulnerable town people have reverted back to superstitions and magic for protection from the crime around them ("If Snowtown knows who you are, it won't come and get you")Detective Fell is new to Snowtown fr...more
R. Smith
This is the first Graphic Novel that ever captured my attention. I never looked down on them, or considered them "not real books," but I never went out of my way to do more than glance at a cover now and then. I discovered Fell while flipping through the Graphic Novel/Comics bins of a used bookstore, because a friend of mine was a big fan, I knew his tastes in general & wanted to find him something new to get obsessed with. Anyhow, when I flipped to Fell, something about the cover made me pa...more
Dima Yakovenko
Данный комикс, если объективно, не тянет на максимальный балл, ведь одна из шестеренок не блестит так, как все остальные детали. Тем не менее, я решил, что снижать оценку действительно потрясающему комиксу из-за странного рисунка, это все равно что ругать гениальные “Сияние” и “Цельнометаллическую Оболочку” Кубрика за не особо впечатляющие спецэффекты, а это, простите, бред. Но вернемся к комиксу.

В каждом из выпусков рассказывается одна история, которая начнется на первой странице и обязательно...more
Don
Sep 22, 2009 Don rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Why the hell did I put off buying this for so long? I've read about it for years, Ellis's experimental 9-panel 16 pg comic with art by Ben Templesmith.

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
Terry
On the other side of the bridge is Snowtown, a blighted urban area whose superstitious residents mark their territory with the Snowtown tag: “You put it up, you belong to Snowtown. If Snowtown knows who you are, it won’t come and get you.”

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
Vincent
Fell was among four graphic novels I picked up at the library one day. The other three were volumes of Scalped. I didn't realize it at the time but I guess I was in the mood for graphic crime fiction. Both Scalped and Fell: Feral City satisfied that, though they took different routes. I'm unfamiliar with the genre, but will guess Scalped would fit into the "hardboiled" classification of crime fiction. It is gritty and violent and no one is truly innocent.

Fell is the opposite. Fell is cool. It mi...more
Jeremy Birks
I can't wait for Warren Ellis to make a triumphant return to comics. His been away for a while and I sure miss him.

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
Sabra Embury
I really got into collection, developing an even more profound respect for Warren Ellis and a new found respect for Ben Templesmith: the illustrator. The comics themselves were short, only 19 pages, but dense and provocative in their dystopian chaos, each self-contained vignette telling a complete story, all brewing together a much bigger picture, framed in a noir-esque bizarro woodwork with enough light doled in for small flurries of hope to shine through the bleak urban landscape of nowhere.

F...more
Monk
Detective Richard Fell is a cop who cares. Which gets him into a lot of trouble, and clashes with his occasionally unorthodox methods of law enforcement. Exiled to a precinct in Snowtown that is little short of hell on Earth, Fell is trying to make a name for himself after some shady event in his past made it impossible for him to work as a detective across the bridge in the good part of town.

Fell isn't big on due process, but Snowtown gives him a lot of latitude in doing things his own way. He...more
Dave
Mar 18, 2012 Dave rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone into Templesmith art, crime stories, noir

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
paul
Mar 12, 2008 paul rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: intelligent geeks
"I could learn to hate this town."
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
Andrew
This is easily one of my favorite things I've read by Ellis to date, and if he'd be willing to keep at it for a while I'd consider giving it the number one spot. As usual with Ellis' work, it's the story of a mundane-yet-capable guy with a heart of gold thrown into a terrifying world full of perverts and evil men; in this case, it's a dishonored police officer transferred to work over the river in Snowtown, a crumbling urban sprawl full of broken people and burdened with an ineffectual governmen...more
Josh
May 13, 2008 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: creepy coppers.
Shelves: comics
This book is really excellent. I just re-read issues 5-9 (this collection contains issues 1-8), and I forgot how much I like this. It's really top-form Ellis. Each story seems to be based on true events, as we find out in the "Back Matter" section (a non-sequential-art section of a note from Warren about the backstory on the issue, fan letters, sometimes other fiction pieces, musings on the series, etc). And the supporting characters are all great, Snowtown is an amazing fictional city, Ben Temp...more
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