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Dark, slightly surreal and very engaging,
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This review is from: Fell Volume 1: Feral City: Feral City v. 1 (Paperback)
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.