Fell, Vol. #1 – Feral City

Fell, Vol. #1 - Feral CityIntroduction: Detective Richard Fell is a new detective from ‘across the bridge’, he has been transfered to the collapsing and crime ridden city of ‘Snowtown‘. With three and a half detectives (Yes, One has no legs) running all of Snowtown, he is there to help the Moon St. Precinct with there overwhelming crime workload. Fell is the new detective comic by Image that looks to bring the insane and disturbing to a comic shop near you.

Good: The art in this book is unbelievable. Ben Templesmith is by far my favourite comic book artist, and the style is so uniquely his own. Elements of drafts, very intelligent lighting, and background colour to set each mood and setting… It has it all. I have to admit, for my first detective comic, I was very impressed with Warren Ellis‘s take on it. The story line isn’t twisty like I would have thought it would be, it’s more of a disturbing narrative. Very fun, sickening, and enjoyable.

Bad: As I’ve stated before; This is my very first detective comic, in fact, it is my very first detective story ever. The detective genre has never been one to catch my attention. A big part of this is the amount of talking and investigating that must be done before the plot of the narrative can continue. I find that this trend does continue. It is a personal opinion, as I enjoy a more action driven story. Fell has a very unique way of taking you along for a ride but unfortunately it is not the most gripping story I’ve ever read.

Conclusion: Fell is a very well drawn and told story. With lots of creepy and disturbing twists and turns it always catches you in a way that makes you feel like you could be that great detective. Nothing really pushes this comic out above the others for me to fully recommend the purchase of the trade paper back, but I can recommend picking up the first floppy and see how you like it from there and make the decision yourself.

Fell gets 2.5 toxic barrel induced hallucinations out of 5.

-Nich Longe

February 9th, 2010

Haunt #1

Haunt #1Image Comics; Haunt #1 : McFarlane, Kirkman, Ottley, Capullo

Introduction: Haunt is the new baby of Spawn creator Todd McFarlane and writer of the astounding The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman. Together with the talents of both Ottley, doing pencil work, and Capullo, in charge of layouts, they are looking to introducing a new Image Comics staple character, Haunt. This tells the story of two brothers and their very different life choices. Join me as we drive into the story of Haunt.

(Note: There are no spoilers in this review. Some story references may be very vague, it’s for your own future enjoyment. Trust me!)

Good: The first thing that caught my attention is the beautiful art team on this issue. Very fine line work, great colour, and very dark tones. You really get a feeling like it is a believable setting and story. Speaking of story, the legendary Robert Kirkman makes the story and plot points in this first issue in the Haunt series stand out and be unique. Even in the over saturated super/anit-hero comics these days, it still stands out as its own. This issue has some of the best “Holy Sh–!” moments I’ve read recently. There is alot to like about this first thirty-two page floppy, I mean ALOT, but I feel that if I were to spoil anything for you it would not be doing the comic justice.

Bad: There are very few things to point out in this comic that would constitute as “Bad“, but one scene in particular I found very confusing. So confusing, in-fact, I had four other people read the two page panel and everyone had to read it over at least three times over to understand what had happened. Unfortunately I cannot tell you what happens without revealing a major plot point. When you read it you will know exactly what I mean.

Conclusion: For three dollars you can’t get much better then this. Great art, great story, and a fresh concept. I HIGHLY recommend picking this up during your next visit at your local comic shop, just in time for the halloween season aswell! I loved the guts out of this issue, and I am for sure on board for the next issue of the wonderful Haunt series.

This is a MUST BUY

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-Nich Longe

October 31st, 2009