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Fell Volume 1: Feral City: Feral City v. 1 [Paperback]

Ben Templesmith , Warren Ellis
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5 Jun 2007 Fell
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 to be true: everybody's hiding something.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (5 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582406936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582406930
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 16.9 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, slightly surreal and very engaging 17 July 2007
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A strange one to review, this, as my initial feelings were a little uncertain as to the quality of this graphic novel. But, after reading the first two chapters (issues, really) of eight, I found myself happily floating through this very noire-ish world and eager to follow the footsteps of Detective Richard Fell as he strode his way through Snowtown, meeting absurd and often nauseating characters and wading through the depressing and seemingly hopeless lives of this decrepit City's inhabitants. Fell himself, a man with an almost sixth-sense like ability to 'read' those he encounters (think a more intense Derren Brown), is the only real shining light in this dank and dour place, and his slow but certain approach to doing the right thing obviously has a delicately positive effect on the damaged people around him, so it is a tale of hope, ultimately.

Ben Templesmith's artwork is quite unique. There's nothing of the muscle-bound figures of other graphic novels here. His characters are straight out of the real world and the depiction of Snowtown is as bleak as a Northern Industrial town from the 1970s. Colours are muted and there is an almost ever-present feeling of smog in the city. It's the perfect accompaniment to Warren Ellis's storyline and a dark joy to behold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS EVEN IF YOU DON'T READ COMICS 22 May 2007
I can't recommend this comic highly enough! I have collected the comic books for around a year now and the fact that they have released a collection of the first issues in this series is fantastic news.

The Stories deal with the happenings of a feral town called Snowtown. And more particularly the daily struggle of policeman Richard Fell, a once big time cop in the big city who now finds himself stuck in a twisted backwater town where the police force seem to be there only to keep the population figures up.

Ellis manages to blend real events into these tales, which adds a new dimension to these cleverly layered stories, that some times seem too garish to be true. Templesmith's art perfectly matches Ellis' stories, and paints a haunting and dreary place that could suck the life and soul out of anyone. The caractors are well thought out and their stories are as gripping as the latest case Fell is working on.

The story and art are dark and eerie, conveying a creepiness not often found in comics.

If you are unsure whether to buy this don't be, so great is this work that the original 1st issue has been re-printed no fewer than 4 times and the second has also. This is to become a true classic in it's genre and will set a benchmark that other comics will try to aspire to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Down These Dark Streets... 7 Sep 2010
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 the dark streets to try and maintain what little law and order there is, but even he is burdened with the secret of whatever misdeed saw him exiled to this forlorn outpost.

His saving grace is that he has a semi-supernatural ability to just look at a perp and figure out what's going on in their head and what the chain of events were that brought them to his attention. In each episode, he "solves" some kind of crime, even if his solution is mainly just picking up the peices as best he can. Running throughout is a friendship with a young woman who works in his local bar, the mystery of his fall from grace, a creepy person in a nun's habit and Nixon mask, and his strange boss, who is obsessed with the Necrinomicon.

Make no mistake, this is dark stuff, full of would-be rapists (sample line, "I'm gonna cut holes in you and bang 'em"), pedophiles, suicide bombers, and more. The artwork is pretty amazing stuff, perfectly in tune with the material. It's got a very streaky, smudgy feel to it, and the palatte is muted and grungy to an extreme. There's no daytime in Snowtown, just a kind of olive-green haze over everything. The people are realistic enough to buy into as characters, but sharp and jagged drawn in a way that emphasizes the raw nature of the setting. On the whole, a very unusual and interesting series I would love to see more of.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Comics are Braver and Better than Movies 20 Dec 2007
Warren Ellis is not the nastiest and sickest comics writer out there - thank God - but there are things about the human condition that clearly get under his skin in the middle of the night. Please, please, please can we have some more?

Ellis's character Richard Fell has a dark secret but a good nature, and it is his emerging humanity and his relationship with a waitress which marks this out from so much similar material. Ben Templesmith's art also takes this to another level, compared to some of Ellis's other work such as Scars, where the drawing style undermines the seriousness of the subject matter: here, Templesmith's ragged edges and weird mixing of the real and surreal match the adult tone of the material.

This is the first time I've ever finished a comic and gone straight back to the first page to read it all over again. Can't really say more than that.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great BUT WARNING....
I LOVED THIS, i really i did.

Great art work, sets a great atmosphere.

PROBLEM IS: After this book there was 1 more issue then they abandoned this so you... Read more
Published 12 months ago by ZC21
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Thumbs Up for this one!
This is an absolutely cracking read. If it were a novel it would be a New York Times bestseller. Detective Richard Fell is transferred to "Snowtown;" a wretched hive of scum and... Read more
Published on 8 April 2012 by 365 Graphic Novels
5.0 out of 5 stars supreme display of writing and artistic talent
This book is as good as every one says it is,the writing is teriffic,the art is so perfect for the book it should be married to the story. Read more
Published on 25 July 2011 by mrfluffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant & dark
I got this as a christmas gift and have already been through it twice, its that good.

the artwork in this book is excellent and really captures the dark nd grimy world... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by Mr. S. E. Hope
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing comic
This is yet another comic by Ben Templesmith, and it's yet another one that's marked as a "must-buy" in my book. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2010 by Nicklas Sorensen
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding
I have to say, i find warren ellis' work a bit hit and miss. But Fell is definitely a bullseye hit for me. Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2010 by oneBumnote
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece dark crime novel
meet Richard Fell, a detective tranferred (or demoted?) to a grim, desperate town where crime, poverty and utter moral misery and decay have engulfed the city in a poison worst... Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2010 by Ventura Angelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fell: Feral City Vol 1 - a review by Den
Richard Fell moves across the bridge from the big city, to Snowtown, a decaying urban sprawl where everyone is hiding something. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2009 by Den Patrick
4.0 out of 5 stars More please
I only checked to see if a second volume was out yet. Shall keep waiting I guess.
You really should buy this one if you haven't. Might hurry the next one along...
Published on 31 Oct 2008 by Pete Morrow
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