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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2008
     (4516.21)
    Just as I start jabbing my foul and corrupted veins with the drug that is Freakangels, we're "taking a break. For Christmas." To be fair, the Internet Jesus can do as he likes, can't he? That's why he's the Internet Jesus and that's why we love him (well, one reason, anyway.).

    Very good episode. That Luke's a bit of a bastard, isn't he? Mark might have a friend soon.

    I am, as mentioned of Holly Martens in the opening of the Third Man, "happy as a lark and without a cent."
    Happy Christmas to all, Whitechapel.
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      CommentAuthorwishlish
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2008
     (4516.22)
    I want some sort of clothing apparatus with the last panel blazing on my chest.
    • CommentAuthorcjtremlett
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2008
     (4516.23)
    We're having the snowpocalypse here. It's a lovely morning to stay inside and read things with the name Ellis on them. (Our comics shop -finally- was able to scare up a copy of Doktor Sleepless #9, just in time for #10 to come out!)

    That last panel is a beautiful thing indeed! That'll have me chuckling for hours. I'm easily amused. Especially during the snowpocalypse.
    • CommentAuthorforkfork
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2008
     (4516.24)
    seconds on that snowapocalypse. the midwest us is shutting down for the weekend. warm things and oj

    but really i thought the "i think one of my...lung...bag things...burst" was fantastic
    i thought being a freakangel made you superfit and able to run for miles
    as always huzzah for freakangel friday
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    Seriously, how many times do you see glowing eyes in comics? And how often are those eyes treated as an actual light source casting shadows of their own? Duffield you're a wonder.
    • CommentAuthorSaprophyte
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2008
     (4516.26)
    I laughed so hard at the last line that I almost got into trouble at work.
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      CommentAuthordiello
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2008
     (4516.27)
    I always precede the ALL YOUR BASE line with HOW ARE YOU GENTLEMEN when I make the delivery ;) Yay KK and Kaz!

    I still love Luke, even though he is a total asshole.

    And I absolutely LOVE Connor and how he's got this history of bad health (with weight) behind him affecting his present state of mind (and lung). hahaha.
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    Goodmorning. Loved the internet culture references that appear now and again throughout the comic. It helps remind us that these guys aren't that old, that they once lived in a world like ours, etc., but it's not over-done to the point of becoming really annoying. Good epp.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2008
     (4516.29)
    Fun. Luke's interrogation worked.
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    On the personal side, it's a little bit of both. I'm looking forward to vegging out with family at Xmas and getting together with a friend visiting from overseas. Until then, though, it's lack of sleep and madness time trying to find speakers for a small event when everybody's away for the holidays.

    On the FREAKANGELS side, it's wonderful awesomeness. Alice's mourning the past and accepting the present has pushed me away from my earlier suspicions of her and made me like her. The KK and Caz snark team hit one out of the ballpark with that unexpected and hilarious Internet culture reference line.

    Thank you, Internet Jesus for that wonderful setup. Christmas is coming up and you and Paul Duffield's next installment (whenever it comes) promises to gift us with something I'd appreciate: attractive women delivering well-deserved scumbag beatdowns.

    I'm amused by the idea of an "All your future bone fractures" T-shirt. However, I hesitate because I worry about putting a gleam into William Christensen's eye about developing more ways for sucking out more of my money for Ellis goodness. Not that I'd say no. It could be worse. Christensen could tempt me with a postcard book featuring illustrated quips from Ellis comics.
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    Beautiful, as always.

    I have the feeling that Luke is going to have to make himself very valuable to the group, very quickly, or get lost in a hurry. If he was behind the mortar, I'm sure his intention was to blow up the Freakcave and not actually the FreakAngels, just shake them up because he's angry with them. Not that that is a good excuse, but it's Luke. It would please me if the mortar was just the annoying normal people, and not the work of a FreakAngel, or Ex-FreakAngel, at all.

    Prep for the Holidays is fine, though I'm running out of time to finish up gifts. I'm making some of the gifts this year, so I have to hurry it up, but I couldn't stay away on a Friday. If it weren't for the Holidays, I'd be around more (like in the remake/remoddle thread), but I've no time. Ah, well, such is life in this season.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2008 edited
     (4516.32)
    @sinnick

    do you think Connor is in love with Alice? My impression was that it was always more of a protective instinct on his part.


    Okay, love is probably overstating it, but I think he is attracted to her and is somewhat protective of her. How or whether that'll grow into a true relationship depends on future events, I think.

    On another point, I like the way that Alice can think ahead and problem solve. She realizes that she can effectively replace Kirk at the Watchtower. She can still coordinate the 'angels because she's in their mass mind and deliver another 'angel into the search below. Plus, she can also set up that rope she's been wanting in case things go wrong (and you know they almost certainly will).

    @ Indigo Rose

    If he was behind the mortar, I'm sure his intention was to blow up the Freakcave and not actually the FreakAngels, just shake them up because he's angry with them.


    I just don't see it. The morter attack would take planning and work. Luke isn't much for either. I think he is brilliant, but his brilliance strikes me as more the "wondrous idea that strikes a mind fully-formed" than anything else. Luke's 99% inspiration, 1% perspiration. He's getting in serious trouble right now because of it. He had the sudden, brilliant idea to mind-control his girlfriend and "set things straight." He executed that idea without thinking through or planning for the possible consequences. Sirkka's taking him apart because he never even considered what would happen if the others detected his actions. And this even after Arkady specirfically warned him that Sirkka and detected him and what would transpire because of it.
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    That was a nice slice.

    I just finished "A World made by hand" this week, by the gent who did "The Long Emergency". It's about a world where peak oil, a spot of terrorism and economic collapse have moved people back to smaller communal life. The bit with the new girl recalling the way things used to be put me in mind of that book.

    It snowed here overnight. Heart Attack snow, wet and heavy and awful. I fucking hate winter. Summer is shit for me too. A land of perpetual Autumn? Wonderful.
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    @JohnJones - I know, that's why I phrased it the way I did; "If he was behind the mortar..." and added at the end "It would please me if the mortar was just the annoying normal people, and not the work of a FreakAngel, or Ex-FreakAngel, at all." I suppose I could have done the IF in bold, italics, or caps to get my real point across, but I got lazy, sorry. I agree, I don't think it was he, though I don't want it to be Mark either, because then he'd be behind everything... that's just annoying. Mark as big threat is great, but as source of all threats, not so much. In my opinion.
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      CommentAuthorinfomancer
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2008
     (4516.35)
    Hi Whitechapel.

    I'm starting to really enjoy the fact that the FreakAngel package doesn't come with any sort of specific ethics. The 'Angels seem to be just kids with more power than they know what to do with, which makes them more three dimensional.

    In other news, after three days of being coated in a sheet of spine-threatening ice, southern IN is finally dry again. In fact, it's almost 60 degrees today. That's almost nude frolicking weather. Makes me wish for an early spring, but I'd settle for just getting the holidays over with.
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    Ah, the internal group dynamics are kicking up a notch; good stuff! Yet again the Angels bring a ray of light to a dull grey day in Velcro City; kudos, gentlemen.
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      CommentAuthorGekko
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2008 edited
     (4516.37)
    "What's the point? It's not where we live now is it?"
    The whole sequence is moving. Who'd think Warren can be so soft-hearted. Sissy in disguise. No, seriously, in order to 3D the characters, a remembering of things past, a lost children passage was totally required. We've been given it. Plus a great cliffhanger (and a laugh, *gentlemen*) Well, thank you, Paul and Warren (and everybody else concerned)
    I guess we're getting so very fond of you we'll remember that period when we're old goats.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2008
     (4516.38)
    @Indigo Rose

    I don't think it was he, though I don't want it to be Mark either, because then he'd be behind everything... that's just annoying. Mark as big threat is great, but as source of all threats, not so much.


    Sorry if, my earlier post came off arrogant. I have a tendency to go windbag if I'm not forcibly subdued.

    For my part, I think that Mark (or another Freakangel who is not Luke) is behind the attacks, especially the morter attack. Alice outlined the reasons for that in episode 36. Besides, "everything" isn't as much as it looks like. By my count, less than twelve hours have passed since page 1 of episode 1 (I figure KK woke up around 10 AM and it's probably around 8 or 9 PM as of the end of Episode 39). It's enough to make me wonder if the true progenitor of the Freakangels was a psychic Jack Bauer.

    For my part, I'm not sure that Mark is the Big Threat. I think it's probably going to be related to whatever Arkady was checking on in Episode 27.
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    @infomancer

    I agree. The thought that they all focus on different in no apparent way makes this series work, not just superhero wet stories. Makes them humans. That's why Luke and Mark aren't "bad" guys to the strictest sense in my opinion. The Freakangels have a code on power usage because they know how out of hand it can get and have to enforce it, but they didn't kill mark, and arkady didn't permanently veg luke because you can always see the good in those your tied to, at least enough to be reluctant to kill them. Let's not kid ourselves, if any of us had the power of a Freakangel we wouldn't all be using our powers for the good of mankind or even with any sort of ethics. Some of us sure, but no one can claim that they would never slip. That's why I think they didn't flood the world out of self-defense really. They would feel more justified, it's psychology to make yourself believe the reasons behind any hard action you take. I think they felt a little pressure but really mostly curiosity. Curiosity at what would happen if they concentrated their mass mind on a single effort. Unfortunately for them the world ended.

    On a separate note, noticing a lot requests being made for things on merch, can some of that stuff find it's way on hoodies? Ones that zip, have pockets, and come in Black, lavender, and charcoal grey, the Freakangel colors so to speak? It's winter time, popular item, and blankets are as wearable. I'll personally buy one of each color! Make sure to get the logo on there:)
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2008
     (4516.40)
    @AtomicSloth

    ??? No, I think you might need some sleep or something. I see no face...