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    Out today in the USA.

    SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT, obviously, for the North Americans who don't religiously go to a comics store on a Weds, and for us in the rest of the world...

    Thoughts, comments etc?
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008 edited
    That was pretty awesome. I especially liked the fact that you brought in the issue of the Afghanistan occupation. The way you were able to characterize the soldier in only a couple of pages, and still manage to turn him into a 3-d character was especially impressive.

    I could talk all day about character and story, but the real reason I read Fell is the dialogue. It's sparse and dry, something that is a rarity in comics. I believe you said something about paring it to the bone to fit in the smaller panels in the back matter of one of the first few issues. I must say, doing that really puts it over the top. I really hope #10 comes out sooner rather than later. Ok, I'm done kissing Warren's ass.

    The art was also amazing. Ben Templesmith is one of the few artists whose work I like to take the time to really look at, except maybe Rob Leifeld...(I KID, I KID! Put down the pitchforks!)

    Also, that first letter from the guy on the lam was rather interesting. I don't suppose you have anyway of contacting him to see if he'll share anymore of his story with us?
      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
    A fine issue, as to be expected. Though I was looking forward to the backmatter explaining more of the thought process of the story and walked away blue-balled in that department. Was the genesis of this a specific incident you read about or just something that coalesced out of the background noise?
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
    This instalment was amazing. I walked away feeling like Snowtown's hospital is eerily similar to Georgia's Veteran's Hospital. I am very tempted to buy a few copies and hand them to the doctors that "forgot" to tell my dad that he had cancer (I won't even get into how they screwed up his surgeries). The last panel made my day. Your writing and Ben's art always make me happy.
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
    I liked this issue a lot. Loved the scene of him deducing what was going on in there with the stick figures on the door.
    • CommentAuthorSasha_mak
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
    Great issue. I missed this a lot.
  2.  (534.7)
    This was actually the first issue I picked up. I plan on getting the first TPB later, but after reading about it online I decided to give it a try and loved it. The stick figures on the door was a brilliant idea, and the art style was great. I'll definitely add this to my pull list.
    • CommentAuthorMark R
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
    My favorite book. Hands down favorite. I love the story. How you tell it allows the reader to initally think and feel one way about the guy in the apartment, and then in one panel change to feel completely another way. That's good stuff. Ben's art hits the feel of Snowtown right on the head for me. Been reading since the first issue and while I read a lot of titles, I don't anticipate the arrival of any other title I read like I do Fell. Highest marks, sir, highest marks.
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2008 edited
    I've really missed Fell, ask Ted in my comic shop; I was running for fear of a sell-out (it was only fucking noon) on what was a very highly anticipated issue for me. I love this issue. Purely love it. Most of the volume 1 installments deal with pretty awful sick evil fucks, but usually, they are inconsequential, kind of isolated horrors going on... I like that issue nine shows that evil is not confined to the streets; But in actual fact, there are greater evils at work that make Snowtown all the worse. The hospital director who just couldn't give any less of a fuck, and of course the war.
    Real everyday visceral evil in a suit like the president (who says support the troops while slashing the veteran affairs fund (and sends off more soldiers too!)) .I also like the sound of your projections. Best of luck on writing up to 16 by May. Great to see Ben back at work now that he officially never needs to again.

    Well played sir.
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2008
    Oh my god! To be reading Fell again!
    I love Fell. Probably my most favorite work by Ellis, which made the wait that much more painful.

    I was flipping through the issue just now and realized that half story is just Fell talking to a door.
    That is amazing.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2008
    Great issue. I must admit I was slightly confused about the stick-figures--wasn't sure if it was something on the actual door or if it's in Fell's mind--but after a while I more believed the latter and the backmatter confirmed it.

    This is probably one of my favorite series of comics today. Hopefully now we'll get this more regularly.

    Also, the tease for issue 16 made me feel tinglies in my naughty bits. I'm not sure if you wanted to know that or not, but...there it is.
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    Last night, after reading it, I handed it to my partner. "You have got to read this," I said. I've never said that to him about Fell before. I like Fell, I really do. But he wouldn't. I think, though, that #9 is by far the best. In fact, it's one of the best comics I've read in a long time. It was heartfelt and relevant, and didn't rely on "the most disturbing news story I read this week was...".

    It was a small bundle of perfectly put together comic book work. I wish more comics were like this. Very, very few are right now.

    Good one, Warren. I hate coming to your message board with the intention of fellating your ego, but occasionally you deserve it.

  4.  (534.13)
    Hell, I'll take the fellation...

    Thanks. Glad you liked the book.
      CommentAuthorJoey Stone
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2008 edited
    Another great issue. I liked the visual of Fell's thoughts being sketched out on the door, although it did confuse me a bit at first. But when I realised what it was showing then it all made sense and was a good way of expressing what was going on in his head without a thought-bubble/narration box.

    Also, thank you very kindly for printing the photos of my Snowtown tattoo and the tags I did on other people. Made me very happy. I also had a letter printed in Kabuki: Reflections today, so experienced multiple nerdgasms at the comic shop where I work.
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    My review on Newsarama. It's short, because it has no spoilers, but I believe it says enough:

    Or, if you simply prefer I sum this issue up in two words: fucking brilliant.
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2008
    This was a great issue. It's been a while since we've heard from Fell, and I've missed him. I love how he stick figures things out about the soldier from behind the closed door.
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2008
    Welcome back Fell. We missed ya.

    The stick figure on the door was a smooth move, although there was one point where it looked like "As close a she's going to get." I almost went back to make sure I didn't miss a sudden gender change.
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    I'm not much with the words, but it was a great story! Hell, it's one of the best stories that I can hand to non-comic book folk, and get them interested. Thanks for that.
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
    Very poignant, well written and paced as well as something I've never seen in a comic before (The stick figure deductions of the gunmans location by richard) all in all another great issue for under 3 dollars where can you go wrong?
    • CommentAuthorradian
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
    This one got passed around quite a bit at work, I think you picked up some new fans.