A blog dedicated to reviewing crime novels published by independent presses everywhere.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Fell by Warren Ellis
I just finished reading Feral City, the first collection of the Fell comic book series by Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith. It features detective Richard Fell, who, after a shadowy incident, is transferred to an urban hellhole called Snowtown, where he proceeds solve crimes. I've got to say that, after Transmetropolitan, which was an excellent series, the first volume of Fell is a bit of a disappointment. A big part of it is the format. The individual books were experiments: 16 pages long with roughly nine panels on each page. The idea was to tell a story in a shorter, cheaper format. In theory, this is a great idea, but the visual repetition gets old quick. The muted palette is also a bit dull, but I understand the look the artist was going for. Ellis is still the king of weird, and the stories don't disappoint in that sense, but Ellis is a much more accomplished storyteller than this volume would lead you to believe. If you want to start reading his stuff, start with Transmet and then move to this. Or, you could just wait for August and the release of his novel Crooked Little Vein, which seems full of promise. Read the first issue of Fell here.
Welcome to the Indie Crime Blog. As the name implies, this blog is dedicated to reviews of crime fiction published by independent presses. There are many books published every year that seem to be ignored for a variety of reasons. The books sections of newspapers are getting smaller. Bookstores give more shelf space to more established authors. I could go on, but you get it.My intent is to review books both old and new in the hopes that some deserving writers and worthy publishers will gain some exposure. I can be emailed at IndieCrime-at-gmail-dot-com