Crime comics used to be big business. Titles like Crime Does Not Pay, True Crime Stories and Crime SuspenStories flooded newstands in the 1940s and '50s. They had a flood of popularity that, along with horror comics, could only be staunched by a book on juvenile delinquency and subsequent congressional hearings.
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When Warren Ellis decides to write a crime comic, he makes sure it's the most disturbing crime comic you'll read. The series follows homicide detective Richard Fell as he is reassigned to Snowtown, a feral city that probably resembles what it would look like if Hell popped up through a hole in the earth and took a massive dump. It's bleak, claustrophobic mood is due in part to Ben Templesmith's atmospheric art that seems more suffocating because he's working in a tight, 16-panel grid. The last issue, #9, was released in 2008, but Ellis recently said he is finishing issue 10 and that the series probably will conclude in 2011.
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