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    Without powers, they wouldn't have known it was coming.

    Depends on their access to walkie-talkies, I'd guess, unless Kirk used his Freakangel talent in a subtle way to detect the intruders. (Which would be very cool, by the way.) That's irrelevant nit-picking though, and my point was that Mark seems to be poking them with a stick rather than going for any serious damage at this point.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2008
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    Depends on their access to walkie-talkies, I'd guess, unless Kirk used his Freakangel talent in a subtle way to detect the intruders. (Which would be very cool, by the way.) That's irrelevant nit-picking though, and my point was that Mark seems to be poking them with a stick rather than going for any serious damage at this point.


    Based on 34 he seem to be using basic eyesight later augmented by a telescope. He then used telepathy and the radio to warn the other Freakangels and the town.

    One question I'd like to have answered is whether the "flaming morter shell" was a visible thing to the other people in the strip or more of a writer/artist affectation for the reading audience.

    If it looked like a regular morter shell (blackish and near-invisible as it travelled) I'd say this was a serious attempt to kill some Freakangels at their hangout.

    On the other hand, if the shell was that smoking flare-like thing shown in panel 2, it was probably more an attempt to injure-scare the other Freaks - and perhaps provoke them into a response that will get some of them killed for real.

    It may also have been a combination of the two - an attempt to provoke the Freakangels and kill Alice. The only way Alice survived was because the 'angel had been given enough advance warning to be able to generate their "Freakfield." Without that warning the other's might've been able to protect themselves in the heat of the moment, but not been able to shield Alice. Perhaps Mark thinks that Alice is a threat to his plans since she survived ehr attack on the 'angels and has apparently been "adopted" by them.
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    The Loony Tunes beat panel was very brave, but it worked brilliantly. I love the way that, despite the bitching, as soon as the shit hits the fan, they start acting like a family

    @obliterati: I can think of two places within fifty miles of where I'm sitting where I could lay my hands on a mortar in the event of an apocalypse. This is the UK - we even signpost our secret military bunkers.

    The thing that's bothering me is that, without a lot of training, you'll be lucky to hit the right county with your first bomb, let alone the right building. Either it's been telekinetically guided to the right point or it was a Precision Guided Mortar Munition and someone was painting the building with a laser pointer.

    On the other hand the PGMM is only available for the US 120mm mortar and that thing (from the location and appearance) looks like a British 81mm mortar, so Mark/Luke/Arkardy(it's just possible)/M[s|r] X telekinetically guided the bomb. It also looks like Paul couldn't make the baseplate for the mortar look right so didn't bother drawing it

    One shot? Why only one shot? You can easily get three bombs in the air before the first one impacts. Someone's trying to draw them out

    (I'm not really a gun nut. I did the editing, additional material and some fact checking for a zombie RPG written by a US Army vet and I'm writing a comic set in the same universe. This is how I know this stuff)
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    The thing that's bothering me is that, without a lot of training, you'll be lucky to hit the right county with your first bomb,

    Stay tuned.
    • CommentAuthorSavantis
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2008
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    Stay tuned.


    There MUST be another freakangel behind this attack! Using his/her powers to guide the bomb? But if so, he/she could have been more accurate with it...

    @HylianHearts
    I tend to agree with rickyp00h about there (possibly) being a trace on Alice and the attack is by Mark. I think Mark is due to appear soon, but then I can never really tell unless I'm Mr. Ellis...haha... The question is if he is trying to kill Alice, or all the Freakangels..? Things will get exciting if there's a trace on Alice too - imagine a major showdown between Kait and Connor over whether Alice is a spy or not and whether to kill her...and an eventual re-drawing of alliances among the Freakangels so they wouldn't be able to work as a team again...

    "she might smell crime on you....."

    Why does Kirk need to use a telephone though, can't he just use telepathy? Or is there a range to the telepathy? Did I miss something somewhere? >_<
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    I'm guessing the phone handset is actually the mike for his radio transmitter (Alice also uses it for sending out the "All's Well" message)

    He'd be able to warn the other 'Angels telepathically, but he still needs to warn everyone else in Whitechapel to take cover.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2008
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    One shot? Why only one shot? You can easily get three bombs in the air before the first one impacts. Someone's trying to draw them out


    What if they don't have three shells, or even two? It's the end of the world, after all. Stuff is pretty scarce even for super-powered tweenagers who constantly whine about the crap sex they've been having.
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    @johnjones: Good point. Stockpiles do exist, but a lot of this stuff has a limited shelf-life. I've just finished a memoir of a British Apache pilot in Afganistan and there's a great bit where the narrator gets chewed out by his supply sergeant for not firing off the one Hellfire on his chopper that was about to go out of date. (now it would have to be shipped back to the UK and the paperwork is, apparently, dreadful)

    But I'm not going to spend the morning tracking down the shelf life of a 51mm mortar bomb. That's Warren's job, not mine

    (Complete tangent, but Apache by Ed Macy is a cracking read with some interesting transhuman implications. The Apache is such a complex machine that it's right at the limit of what human beings can fly - it's to do with the amount of data that needs to be processed. Apache pilots can and have to be able to move their eyeballs independantly and can read two books simulatiously. These are skills/abilities that develop during training and (and this is the interesting bit), almost everyone drops out because they can't take the headaches. It would be interesting to do brainscan studies during training to see how the structure of their brain is changing (c.f. London cab drivers))
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      CommentAuthorbjacques
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2008
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    Me likes. An entire episode within the arc of a flying bomb. I'm thinking that was more like a rocket like the ones Hezbollah have been dropping on Israel over the years. More range and a bigger payload than a mortar shell, even if the launcher does look like a mortar. But, yeah, what RichardFannon said. Loads of toys lying about for Mark's cannon-fodder army to play with.

    It's gotta be a diversion.
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2008
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    or a means of trapping them in the freakcave?! it did hit the entrance...
    • CommentAuthorfrexels
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2008
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    I'm going to count Luke out. Not enough time, plus he's got a problem with Kirk and Ark, and we don't seem to know about the rest. Kirk and Arkady are all on their lonesome, with him at the top of a rickety tower and her down a bottle of vodka. Alice is right about those ropes though; Kirk could have seen it coming five minutes in advance and still had a nice long fall to look forward to.

    But if they really do have more than one shot...our titular heroes better not walk out the front door.

    @ RichardFannon

    You have just inspired me to become an Apache pilot.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2008 edited
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    or a means of trapping them in the freakcave?! it did hit the entrance...


    Twelve Freakangels acting together wrecked the whole world. Figure eight of them acting together can push some rubble out of the way.
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2008
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    ah... true
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008
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    I liked this. I figure our naughtiest Freakangel is behind this. Mark made sure the mortar got aimed correctly. Perhaps Alice unknowingly has a a signal marker on her? Or he knows exactly where the "FreakCave" is ...
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008
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    Or he knows exactly where the "FreakCave" is ...


    He knows exactly where the Freakcave is. Why wouldn't he? He was a Freakangel, after all. The others probably should've moved the 'cave, but I can see why they wouldn't. I'd suggest a split between a wish to avoid drawing attention to some new hideout among the rest of Whitechapel, a stubborn refusal to be moved by Mark (who they figured they'd squish like a bug if he ever came around again) and simple twenty-something laziness and lack of foresight.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008
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    They do seem to be creatures of habit, for the most part. I mean, as much as you can be in a society such as theirs. The ones with specific jobs to do, anyway. Luke, Conner, Arkady, KK, and Sirkka all seem to have sort of... different... schedules. So it would make sense that Mark would know where and when they'd be getting together. I forget, is there any mention of this being a regular meeting time?
    • CommentAuthorSavantis
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008
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    @rickiep00h

    I've gone over book 2, seems like Karl just called for an impromptu gathering since his vegetables ripened or something. (eps 27 pg3 ^_^) On the other hand he did broadcast it with telepathy, and if Mark is in range (if the telepathy has a range - does it???) he would have an hour in advance notice.
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      CommentAuthordiello
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008
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    The telepathy does have a range (I believe Connor mentioned KK needing to venture away a bit, so they don't have to know she likes sex). If Mark is in range, I'll bet Kait or Arkady would picked up on it.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008
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    @Savantis - Thanks. I tend to let the internet (and the people trapped therein) do my work for me. :-)

    @diello - I think the main reason Mark is sending other people in is so the others can't pick up on his signal. I'm sure he'll swoop in wearing a tinfoil hat at the most inopportune time.
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    @Savantis

    I thinks its unlikely of a "tracer" on Alice. After all, the Angels did do a complete mind dump because they were worried about that same thing (a hidden command from Mark that not even she knows about)

    I don't think Luke was personally behind the attacks- he could have just given some information to the right people. I think someone made mention of the attack being a smokescreen so a select group could slip in from behind. Or another group took advantage of the attack. A lot of people are out to get White Chapel and thier guardians.

    @rickiep00h

    I just can't picture Mark wearing a tinfoil hat. I just can't. He's big bad all powerful one. It would be very humbling for him to wrap tinfoil around his noggin.

    Just my opinion.

    Anyone want to share what you think Mark will look like? The typical doom and gloom bad guy or the dashingly dazzlingly handsome back stabber sort of bad guy? Or the worst sort of bad guy of all- the one that looks like everyone else and thinks they are doing what they are doing for the good of everyone else.