Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Ben Templesmith
Publisher: Image comics
Plot: Even on a day off Fell is still solving crime.
Comments: The concept of Fell has been highly praised by fans and critics. It was too bad that the book didnít get what it deserved at the Eisner Awards. The concept a comic book providing single issue stories with less page for just $1.99 is very attractive. No, let me rephrase that: itís a f$%^cking blast.
What this book makes this extra special is the "Back Matter" at the end of every issue. Ellis tells a lot about his inspiration and the way he handles the story. Providing this kind of info to the readers brings an extra depth to the whole comic book experience and wants you to read the issue again. It is a grand accomplishment that the set up and the plot can be dealt with only 16 pages of sequential art. This shows you what kind of a master Ellis is in this art form. What I find so special about Fell is that Ellis is capable of writing good mystery/detective stuff. But that is just one side of the story. A lot is strengthened by adding drama and human suffering in this book.
Fell #6 has a real hard breaking drama in it, which is based on real events. How people are capable of doing such tragedy is heart rendering, especially when the harm is done to an innocent little girl. Detective Fell is a guy who is one out of a million. He really cares about his job and the people he encounters. There is so much love and understanding towards the ex-junkie mother. Heart warming. And to create such a warm emotion in a grim book is very commendable on Ellis and Templesmith's part.
Ellis sets up the story with snappy dialogue and nice plotting, but Templesmith finishes the job magnificently. His art conveys mood and dark horror, which serves Fell very well. Page 4 presents the girl standing behind her window and Mayko's reaction to her; they are just 4 panels, but they have a major impact. The scenes outside are nightly blue which make Snowtown somewhere you donít want to live. The inside scenes within the house are rendered with brown colors, which is precisely how it should be.
Suffering is what Fell is all about, and itís done top level.
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