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Fell, Feral City (Fell #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  6,485 Ratings  ·  278 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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Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphics, paidkindle
Fell is a masterful and experimental brainchild from the author Warren Ellis and the artist Ben Templesmith that was first published in 2005, and has been on hiatus ever since due to all kinds of complications and schedule problems. But what I do know is that this awesome team has finished issues 9 and 10 over the years, so there is a good almighty chance of them getting back on track and giving us the collection of final issues the way they can actually be published by their publishers.

But as
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
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
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Impresionante!!!!! De aquí sacarían una serie cojonuda. Brutal!!
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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
Oh man, this was great! I need more.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Má to veškeré parametry "kultovky pro fajnšmekry". Specifický žánrový počin, který nejde svému čtenáři naproti, s na první pohled odfláknutou hnusnou kresbou, podivným mnohoznačným dějem, čišící atmosférou deprese i zmaru a zaříznuté po první knize (což není až takový problém; je to epizodické). A samozřejmě kvality, které však neocení každý (a skoro bych řekl, že ani každý druhý).

Fell je takové jakože komiksové Sedm. Akorát o poznání depresivnější a beznadějnější. Každopádně má natolik specifi
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Maxym Karpovets
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2015
Прекрасний атмосферний комікс, який нагадує за депресивністю та меланхолійністю фільм Девіда Фінчера "Сім". Молодий детектив Річард Фелл приїжджає до брудного, Богом забутого міста, щоб помаленьку розплутувати його таємниці й загадки. Тут практично нема жодного позитивного персонажа - кожен має свій гріх та скелет у шафі (а дехто й цілу колекцію). Для самого детектива це є хорошою нагодою перевірити свої моральні переконання, які з кожним розслідуванням розхитуються, як маятник з боку в бік. До ...more
Paul Mirek
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, 2000s
This is the comic equivalent of Ellis's Crooked Little Vein, using a noir framework to investigate humanity's darkest, strangest urges. However, this series has the advantage of Templesmith's art, which helps fill in much of the world-building that Ellis's prose left out. In any event, the pair has done a fine job of making Snowtown, the titular "feral city," one that I'd never want to visit.

That's limiting when it comes to storytelling possibilities (and brings to mind a quote from Grant Morris
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.
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So freaking good. Dark and deep with strong characters. One of my fav so far.
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
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.
Donald Armfield
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith on the same page...
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Astonishing, atmospheric, dark yet hopeful. A neat package of seven issues, never continued, but somehow quite perfect as they are.

The hint of strangeness at the core of Fell appeals to me immensely. Our hero has been transferred over the bridge, and he cannot return. Strange symbols are painted on buildings by street kids, protection for Snowtown. Trees are in short supply, bodies rise in the harbour like bubbles, men do unspeakable things to their daughters. Apart, these things are police-stor
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
3.25 stars

I had to think a little bit about the rating for this one. I have mixed feelings about it. Don't get me wrong, I did like the story, but something didn't click inside me. I mean, there was everything inside it to make me love it, and I... Didn't. I liked it, but I could feel that I wasn't getting the emotions that I was suppose to feel. I love crime stories, I like a kind of "True Detective" vibe, with a city forgotten by God (or whoever you believe in) where hope is long dead and the
Sabra Embury
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.

Sep 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A wildly, dark and surreal cop show of a series. If David Lynch wrote and directed Law and Order.
Richard Fell may be the last sane man in a city that is slowly falling apart and he wanders the mean streets dealing with crimes both big and small. The cases he works on are all cleverly done and a mix of fascinating and disturbing.
The stories are all short and self contained, while at the same time slowly building up various sub-plots and character histories.
Anybody else really creeped out by the n

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
Feather Mista
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de los autores.
Recommended to Feather 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...!
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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. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is in development at Jerry ...more
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Sign of the goddamn apocalypse is what it is.”
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