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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  7,402 ratings  ·  343 reviews
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
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Image Comics (first published September 2005)
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Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Re-read this one last night. Desperately wish there was more to the story, though it's pretty obvious that it's not going to be resurrected after ten years.

That said, as single volumes of discontinued stories go, this one has a lot to recommend it. No big long-term story closure. But the stories themselves are excellent, and the craft of their execution is amazing.

Fair warning: This is dark stuff. Violent in the extreme. Emotionally heavy. Grim. Gritty. I might even go so far as to call it "unre
Mark Desrosiers
Aug 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-hold
Warren Ellis created a strange, dark noir investigative tale with "Fell", a comic that doesn't quite look like any other. It doesn't feel much like any other of Ellis's works, the structure isn't as tight, it's more jazzed up and free to roam about the dark, seedy city of Snowtown, a town torn with innumerable murders and sociopathic crimes that the straight, well-meaning lead detective, and the few people he gets close to, are the only lights in the vast, murky city so starved of humanity that ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Richard Fell, the main character of this dark and violent set of stories, is a detective that was transferred to a decaying trash zone called Snowtown. This zone is the typical urban area consumed by violent crimes and corruption. The graphic novel is composed of 8 different chapters. These chapter stories are simple and straight to the point but quite grimy, violent and dark. Fell sees himself in a crumbling place where empathy doesn't exist, crime prevails and police forces are (basically) non ...more
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
It's 2013, and this series is still to be fully completed. I read the 9 comic book issues that looked at the 'feral city' that is Snowland through the eyes of detective Richard Fell. Good series. 7 out of 12.
John Huizar
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Mindy Reads
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow. This was so dark and gritty, it reminded me of the movie Seven (specifically the gluttony scene). The setting is so seedy and the characters are vile, so naturally I loved it.
Oh man, this was great! I need more.
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Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-library
A mixture of Sin City and Transmetropolitan's absurdity and humor with a straight man-type protagonist surrounded by insanity. It seemed too over the top at first, but really clicked for me around the middle of the first issue. I'm not sure if it got less ever the top or I just got used to it.

I find Ellis's work really hit and miss and can't really think of any other comics he's done that I've liked outside of his work for Vertigo and Wildstorm (and his short run on Moon Knight). So I'm glad I g
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So freaking good. Dark and deep with strong characters. One of my fav so far.
Fell is an interesting tale that combines both noir and dystopia in a rather fascinating way. The story centers around Detective Richard Fell, a clever (probably too much so for his own good) police detective who has recently been transferred to the “urban trashzone” known as Snowtown. While the events that led to Fell’s transfer remain mysterious for much of the story, it’s a pretty easy assumption that he messed up big time. Snowtown has a total of three and a half officers, four now that Fell ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: digital, x2019
Well, this is a surprise. The theme looked nice, but art reminded me of some crappy indie comics. But it turns out well. Snowtown is a dark, filthy, creepy place. And the style of the art underlines that very well. The detective Fell was transferred here under undisclosed circumstances (to the reader and Fell's new department), too good for the Snowtown, where the crime rate is high and the number of cops, especially the willing ones, is low. Fell meets a few new people and cracks a few crimes. ...more
Alondra Miller
4 Stars

This was nice and dark; just the way I like it. Not sure if there are otherworldly things going on; or if this is just the dark underbelly that already exists. I do know that I must continue on with this series.

It's so dark here, though.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
A just okay book about criminal cases in a small city called Snowtown. I kinda expected more being that this is Warren Ellis, but it was pretty average.
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Michael Benavidez
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I am tempted to give this a one star. Not because its contents are terrible, but because this series has been on hiatus since 2008. 2008!!! had I known this, I would not have fallen in love with it.

From the writer of Transmetropolitan comes something darker, less in your face, but just as in your face.
Where Trans. was filled with a loud, obnoxious Spider, with wild, bright, sometimes cartoony art, Fell is the opposite. Det. Fell is brilliant, but somewhat quiet (when not showing off or
Chelsea Weaver-Smith
4.5 stars (I think?!)

This one was really hard to rate for me. I'm in love and intrigued with Ellis's writing and storyline, but the artwork is what has me confused about my feelings for this trade. The same artwork that is perfectly fitting for its story is also hard to read. There are no clean lines, meaning some of the action gets a little distorted and confusing. This very thing that frustrates me also makes perfect sense for a crime-ridden place like Snowtown. In some panels, the artwork was
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love Ben Templesmith's art. I love Warren Ellis' flawed heros, his pacing and storytelling, his use of inference. The two of them together? Oh, yes yes yes.

I like the form this comic takes: each issue is a story, compact and clean. Each resolution brings the reader a clearer picture of Richard Fell, who, like Ellis' Spider Jerusalem, cares too much.

I like the feel of Snowtown. It reminds me of Detroit but worse. Our world, but parts of it so far gone that I wonder if they foreshadow an apocal
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant collection of noir short stories about one of the worst towns in the world and the detective who still tries to make it better. It's sad to see that this series is basically dead at this point, and I really hope Templesmith will find some time in his busy schedule to draw more of these, because Ellis said that he is willing to write. ...more

An edited review of this book will come sooner or later, this last one was pretty bad.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-fiction
Richard Fell is a highly skilled detective who needed to get away from the big city where he almost lost a partner and solve crimes on his own. He is very much like a modern day Sherlock Holmes as the deductions come to him instinctively. It's also enjoyable to see less conventional and sometimes less legal means used to solve crimes.

Detective Fell is forced to move to a new precinct in Snowtown, a place where nobody really welcomes him since everybody has their own problems. It's soon obvious t
Jennifer Casas Carreño
Fell gave me the same eerie feeling Twin Peaks has been able to give me with its existential weirdness. Although the protagonists are vastly different, they are similar in their inevitable pull towards a singular location filled of unbelievable mystery and darkness within people. It’s a twisted take on the horrors of humanity. I had to take a breather after a few stories because of the realism Warren Ellis can deliver with his characters. Overall, I continue to be impressed by this particular wr ...more
C. Varn
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Warren Ellis's detective story here is gritty, episodic and bleak. Dell'S atmosphere is dark, it's character design is vaguely ugly, and the citizens of Snowtown are just this side of hell. The problem, however, is that Fell doesn't seem to develop much as a character so far,and the love story at the core feels a bit unexplored.
Jamie Connolly
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This book was surprisingly very good. Perfect little stories. Great police procedural type stories. Is this the only book? What happened? I didn’t love the art but it did help set a good tone for the stories so can’t complain. I want to read more of this. 5 stars. I really can’t understand how this book didn’t take off. The story telling here is outstanding.
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was great! Dark, gritty, bloody, messed up. The art was perfect for this story. This was a random find for me and I'm so glad I picked it up. I need more now. ...more
Donald Armfield
Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith on the same page...
Iris Alvino
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Detective Fell. I can now add him to the ever growing list of detectives that I idolize.
Sep 08, 2019 added it
Eight very dark, very well-written noir stories about a new detective in a horrible town. These stories are so vivid you can feel the emotions crawling under your skin. Fell once again sees Ellis experimenting with the single issue comic - most pages feature nine panel grids and every issue gives exactly what’s needed to convey a story, no more, no less. They’re basically quick rushes of depravity and deduction. The issue where Fell’s interrogation turns into a hostage situation was my favorite. ...more
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN, as well as the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR. His newest book is the novella NORMAL, from FSG Originals, listed as one of Amazon’s Best 100 Books Of 2016.


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