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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (June 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582406936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582406930
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With Fell writer Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, The Authority) and artist Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night) have created a dark and eerie mindscape called Snowtown, a twisted part of some larger city that exists "across the bridge," a city which is only hinted at but never elaborated upon in the stories. What the reader immediately comes to realise is that Detective Richard Fell, the main character, has been given little choice in the matter of becoming Snowtown's newest detective, and must deal with crimes both strange and shocking on a daily basis, which puts his remarkable detective skills to the test in every stand-alone issue. Brilliantly written by Warren Ellis, the stories are often bizarre and gruesome, but not over-the-top, and Templesmith's art complements these sinister tales nicely. There is nothing supernatural about these stories, yet the reader gets the sense that some larger power (dare I say Lovecraftian?) is looming in the shadows, causing the evil that permeates every alley of Snowtown. Its not all about detective work either. There are times when Fell has to get hands-on with some of the perps and what follows are violent action scenes rendered splendidly by Templesmith' s use of blurred images that does not detract from the clarity of his panels. True, he is not known as a highly detailed artist, but some panels are remarkable because they require small details (like any detective novel or comic) and Templesmith shows that he is up to the challenge of conveying them to the reader. My favorite story is the last one contained in this volume, which gives the reader a view of Snowtown through the journal/diary entries of Detective Fell, and all the horrible things that can happen there in a single night. Awesome book.Read more ›
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I noticed issue #1 of this comics series at my local comics store and, though at that time I had never heard of Ellis or Templesmith, I was attracted to it simply by the beauty and atmosphere of the cover.

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.
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Warren Ellis(Transmetropolitan, Iron Man: Extremis) and Ben Templesmith(30 Days of Night, Welcome To Hoxford) are both favorites of mine; and they both shine brightly here. This is one of the coolest graphic novels I've ever read. I've tried to find something out there that is similar to this, and I have yet to find anything. It's just so unique. It has this David Lynch-esque feel that gives off a weird, surrealistic vibe. It's this strange detective/crime drama with a dose of suspense, horror, mystery and bizarre humor injected deep into its muscle, releasing each ingredient at all the right times. Ultra cool stuff here.

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.
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