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  1.  (2059.21)
    what a morsel of delight. arkady is so damn interesting and stunning. paul, outstanding work as always. thank you both as always for making friday morning a special and happy time. i too, cannot wait for the print version.
  2.  (2059.22)
    @Mr Duffield, Mr. Ellis

    Page three, last panel; Brilliance.
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2008
    Agreeing with everybody- this may be the best-looking Ellis comic yet. And considering that includes collaborations with Doran, Cassaday, Williams III, et. al., that's saying something.
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2008
    So, we've had a glimpse of 'Kady's power which hints as to how powerful the rest are. Eleven of them couldn't 'kill' Mark when the twelve in concert 'ended' the world. But Mark did die. He just didn't stay dead. And I'm curious as to why.
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2008
    @stsparky I think it was more a comment that they couldn't bring themselves to kill him... y'know, preemptively. I think it's a comment on the Freakangels idea of "live and let live." As long as he doesn't mess with them too much (since it WOULD be 10 on 1) there's no use in blatantly doing wrong.

    As far as the issue, though, some really great panels this week. I like the double-width ones, and the fish... oh the fish. I think it says a lot about Arkady's character just in that one panel. To wit: my daughter (who is two) makes it a point every morning to say hi to our fish, and every evening to say goodnight. I think the simple purity of Arkady's spirit really comes out in that panel. (Well, and the one with the merry-go-round.) Just make it a point to never piss her off.

    • CommentAuthorjohnmuth
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2008

    I think that the comment was saying that Karl and Luke were saying that they took it upon themselves to kill Mark, as the other nine wouldn't have gone along with it... Seems like everyone else thinks he was just banished or some such, but these two actually tried to snuff him out.

    Fantastic episode, btw...
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2008
    Well, perhaps it was the way the stsparky's comment was worded, because I thought he meant that they couldn't kill him, not that they wouldn't.

    *shrug* A minor point to me, anyway. I'm just waiting for what's coming down the pipe.
  3.  (2059.28)
    This form of media for storytelling has got to present new challenges in keeping a mystery.

    I don't know about everyone else here, but I will go back and read these same pages 4 or 5 times over the week til the next episode. I wouldn't normally read a graphic like this, leaving a typical 20-30 page print read maybe twice between it and the next issue. The results of the relatively short length of Freakangels along with me to reading/looking so many times lends quite a lot to story immersion and missing very few points.

    As stated in a previous post, I'm not big on stating personal observations as to story and details and discussing them, so I won't give the examples I'm privy to. But I do have to ask does anyone else notices their perception and observations a little tweaked by this shorter story medium?
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2008
    @Val - good question -
    i find that i'm allowed to enjoy the pacing more than i do in other comics or short stories -
    because this is a very long series of very short connected episodes that make a whole, there's room to think about how everyone that we've met so far, and them that we haven't yet, fit together -
    my experience with warren's work means that i trust him to tell the story well and to make the listening worthwhile, so it's like letting puzzle pieces find places on their own in my sense of things and just get really comfortable, knowing full well that they won't stay there for long. it's a different sort of a challenge. i'm loving it.

    also, i love that it's still not long after 10 in the morning (which is the best time of day ever, in my opinion)
    also - Paul - you are fucking brilliant and Warren - you are also fucking brilliant.

    i love friday.
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2008
    I continue to be impressed by Duffield's artwork. Particularly the "Hello Fishies" panel!
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2008 edited
    I Love Duffield's artwork, and Ellis' writing. A new Freakangels episode is definately one of the highlights of my fridays ;-)

    And this was a great episode, a nice pause after last week's action. but they all have been great episodes so far really. I love the pacing, it is so natural- the action and pacing in comics is highly constrained by the physical limitations of the medium, i.e. page length, which sometimes detracts from fully realizing the narrative possibility- stories and dialogue seem really rushed, etc. but that isn't an issue with Freakangels, which is wonderful.

    Arkady rocks. She does resemble a more responsible, human version of Delerium of the Endless (a Delerium with humanity). She seems to have abilities that the others may not even have- seeing the future, teleportation- I wonder if she is amongst the most powerful? Or if they all have such abilities? Or each one has some different abilities? Hmm, wonder when we are gonna see the next set of Freakangels, there are just under half of them still to go.
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2008
    gripping doesn't quite cover it.
  4.  (2059.33)
    what a beautiful episode, guys... I'm loving the deliberate pacing, I'm actually having trouble imagining how it will read when its put together for the TPB...
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2008
    Its nice how after all the unpleasantness in the apartment was wrapped up, the following 5 pages were all so colourful and bright daylight. Its gonna be ANOTHER nice day, in Whitechapel.
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2008
    Hello Fishies is possibly one of the most beautiful things I've seen all week. Compared with last weeks blank page of mindnumbing horror, it was just delightful and beautifully executed.

    Love Arkady. Almost as much as KK.
  5.  (2059.36)
    Oh man, I was thinking martyr when she was at the market and now even moreso. But maybe not. If she can play with time like that or teleport then perhaps even a supposed death or disappearance can change. And now a yen to see this Mark. Perhaps he and Luke have a Matthew and John somewheres.
  6.  (2059.37)
    My guess is that Arkady's overdose was thrust upon her rather than of her own choice, and was probably part of the chain of events that resulted in the end of the world. I also think that it likely started her on an evolutionary path that has separated her from her 'siblings' by at least as great a degree as they find themselves removed from the rest of mankind. She is becoming an Alanis Morrisette sort of god, playful and reveling in her life, but not above meddling in the lives of others. She drops in to stop Luke, but covers his hand with hers while gently threatening to go all Panel 3 on his ass if he misbehaves again. Her parting comments to him seem more dispassionately compassionate than snarky. She seems to be building to a crescendo here.

    I can't wait to meet Mark.
  7.  (2059.38)
    Everybody loves the adorably-insane savant. Delirium, River Tam, and now Arkady.

    I have high hopes of meeting an elderly character with an absurd phobia of brick walls.
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    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2008 edited
    If Arkady is this Good...I fear what Mark will turn out to be.

    (and yes, page three last panel. Beautiful)