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Fell Vol. 1: Feral City Paperback – June 5, 2007
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About the Author
Warren Ellis is one of the most prolific, read, and admired graphic novelists in the world and the creator of Transmetropolitan and The Authority. He lives in southern England with his partner, Niki, and their daughter, Lilith. He never sleeps.
Top Customer Reviews
When I read the first issue, I was hooked, and began to get the following ones. Then, I decided to wait for the bound edition, and pre-ordered it as soon as amazon.com allowed. Only cause I prefer bound to individual. Easier to shelve for me.
This series grabbed me because the art got my interest. I like Templesmith's style. I'm not art major or historian, so don't ask me to explain what it's like. Do a google and find panel examples from the series. It's a very evocative style, with this really cool use of colors that pop for emphasis--red in this panel, white in those.
It's the story of a cop who--and we don't know why--has done something that he thinks is right (but got him into trouble) in his previous town and is sent "across the bridge" to Snowtown. Snowtown is like the worst urban landscape from various major cities mashed together. No one seems to be undamaged. No one seems to be normal. Fell seems to be the most together of the lot, but he's harboring dark bits, although we sense a moral core. Or, as Mayko, his barkeeper girlfriend says, he's a good man--but one who sometimes does not so good things for the right reasons, we sense and, later, see.
He lives in a place void of real light--Snowtown seems to be enshrouded with some miasma of muted colors. His boss is a loony. There are only a couple other detectives (3 and a half to be precise, cause one lost his legs) on the Snowtown force. But Fell becomes a one-man crusade to make a damn difference. And we see him solving cases using his key talent: the ability to read people.Read more ›
Ellis scripts this story with a tantalizing plot, intrigueing characters, dialogue that is quirky and compelling, and fantastically odd atmosphere. There is nothing bad to say about his writing when it comes to this book. I would say that is true for most of the graphic novels he's written; although this book is probably my favorite.
Templesmith's artwork perfectly compliments the tone of the book. He has a very stylized look to his work that really plays up the surrealistic, hazy feel of the story. The whole thing kind of feels like a dream. This fits beautifully with Ben's expressionistic style. The avant-garde nature of it focuses more on creating an emotional experience in the reader rather than focusing on a more physically realistic, more 'house style' appearance. His art is realistic enough, but it distorts things a bit to evoke mood. I like it, and it works well here. I can't think of another artist who I would want to see on this title. Which brings me to the one downside to reading this graphic novel. There is no volume two. And to my knowledge, there isn't one in the works.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A true 5-star cop fiction book.
Ben Templeton's art is gorgeous and sets the noir tone that these stories deserve. Read more
You've seen the talent involved with this? It's dark, surprising, and engaging. I had the misfortune of finding this as it was still in the process of being written. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Derek Trigg
After 40 reviews it's got a 90% 5 star rating so that should tell you something.
You can read the blurb above to find out what the book is about. But is it any good? Read more
Fantastic work, easily one of my favorite of Warren Ellis's works. It's a shame that he never had the opportunity to finish it, because it doesn't really "end. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shane MC
I love this character and really enjoyed the book. I wish Ellis would finish the series, as this was a really intriguing read.Published 13 months ago by Exsanguinatedead
I have nothing but love for this series albeit only available in a single volume. It captures the mood so perfectly and Ben's style is perfect for the whole setting. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cokro
Wow. Just....wow. I love Templesmith's work on his own series, Wormwood, and was eager to see more of his work, so I picked up this book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer