Fell #9
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Fell #9

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Ben Templesmith Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 16, 2008 Cover Price: $1.99 Critic Reviews: 6
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  • 9.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 16, 2008

    Take this issue, for instance. Dt. Fell jumps at the opportunity to work as a hostage negotiator. The majority of the issue takes place in a dank hallway outside the criminal's apartment door. However, Ellis finds creative ways to show the reader what is happening inside the apartment without actually showing them. It doesn't hurt that Ellsi has Ben Templesmith's art to rely on. I'm sure Templesmith could make just about anything look interesting with his unique watercolor style. This issue only grows more interesting once Fell gains entrance to the apartment and saves the day with his own unique brand of justice. I'm sure it's been said before, but a $2 comic like Fell often feels like it offers more bang for the buck than regular $3 series. If you can't spare the scratch for something this good, maybe you need a new hobby. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - J. Montes Feb 11, 2008

    Nearly all of Fell's past stories have been open-ended. This issue continues that tradition. Sure, we wanna see what happens to the hospital director, but Ellis leaves that to our imaginations. There's no denying that this is a strong issue, but it's beginning to feel a little too “Law & Order” for me – like it's just going through the motions. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Jan 20, 2008

    Yet again, I find myself disappointed by the bare bones, almost perfunctory, plotting of this comic, while at the same time absolutely enthralled by the creativity and inventiveness that is brought to the surface as a result. One day, Ellis and Templesmith will crack it and produce a truly great issue of Fell in which the story entertains just as much as the storytelling impresses. That day is not here yet, but nonetheless, this is an excellent comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Jan 20, 2008

    I'm not going to bore you with detailed descriptions of what goes on (hostage situation), or the twist ending (justice), or even of the brilliant visualization of Fell's thought process (stick figure). I'm sure the other reviewers will cover all that and more. I will say this, though. On my first reading, I was a little disappointed with the resolution. It seemed to be a bit too much wish fulfillment on Mr. Ellis' part, and made me question the realism of it. Then I read it again, and said to hell with my initial qualms. It's Snowtown, dammit. The beatings can be ignored. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Jan 20, 2008

    This final coda throws up some far more complex questions for which Ellis doesn't attempt to offer an easy answer, but which paint the issue's antagonist in a more sympathetic light. In this way, the closing pages add a little more depth to a fairly straightforward story, but one which is enjoyable and well-told nonetheless. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Matthew J. Brady Jan 20, 2008

    So like always, its an enjoyable issue of the series. Fell is a great protagonist, full of compassionate violence, and Snowtown is a great setting for him to exorcise his demons. Ellis indicates that a major turning point is coming in the sixteenth issue, so hopefully we wont have to wait another year to get there. Heres hoping for a more regular schedule! Read Full Review

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