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    • CommentAuthormarya
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2009
    The artwork as she chews her lip while looking at the depleted medical supplies is subtle and brilliant.

    "Brilliant" may be subjective; but how, exactly is that subtle?

    Isn't about time we found out whether Luke is a sociopath or has an actual beef? ---- Because the lot of Freak Angels seem to have some level of anti-social personal disorder.

    One murder after inviting a score of strangers into a community? That's not a crisis, that's an anticipated rate of attrition.
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2009 edited
    More crappy coca cola branded hippie juice with the same amount of caffiene per volume, sure... Pass, thanks. Red Bull dos just kicked in... adn oh thr it gos...

    I sometimes have fun pointing out to people who use food stamps (a government aid program in the US) that Red Bull and other energy drinks aren't considered to be food and thus aren't covered. Because it asks the question, if they aren't food, what are they? And then I allow as how Red Bull isn't really food but instead a mutagenic chemical that alters a person's genetic code to literally give them wings. And several aggressive, untreatable cancers as well...

    One murder after inviting a score of strangers into a community? That's not a crisis, that's an anticipated rate of attrition.

    What about one murder in a city run by telepaths who failed to sense said murder in time to prevent?
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2009 edited

    Wow! Tough comment critique. This scene, with the last image, can be called subtle in the wider sense that the comic has not resorted to dialogue or narration to tell us "medicine is short", but is actually forcing us to follow along with the visual information on the page and generally pay attention. It's an understated delivery of a significant plot point and, because it forces us to participate with the art to grasp the message, it makes more of an emotional impression on the reader. I believe this is generally what the user before you meant by "subtle and brilliant".

    We're meant to see the murder as one of the ways in which the Freakangerls are threatening to exhaust their resources, in this case, the resource of social order. Now, if I were in a Warren Ellis story I would know better than to take comfort in any whimsical notion of "anticipated rate of attrition." I would fucking sacrifice a goat every time a shadow crossed over the sun. You just can't take status quo for granted.

    edit added @ tag
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2009
    johnjones - Unless it was an act of unplanned rage, then they might not have been able to sense it. But who knows the rules of the game in this story?
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2009
    I loved scrolling down to see the body on the last panel, and I enjoyed seeing more of the interiors of the village. Is that a church where Sirkka's doing her work?
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2009
    I loved that last panel. It's just perfectly gorgeous and I'm glad Paul posted it over on his deviantart account so I could fave it over there.

    So.. a murder. The game is afoot! Personally i suspect the chicken fucker...
    • CommentAuthoryiorgos_k
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2009
    This comic's been a Friday treat for me as well after a long week of uni and politics readings and occasional essay writing. I'm in London so I can't keep wondering what's going on in my neighborhood right now, if it's flooded or just shitty as usual.
    Last panel: do I just have a disturbed mind if I suspect that this happened during interrogation? Keit does strike me a bit as occupying the zealous side of law enforcement.
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2009 edited
    Is that a church where Sirkka's doing her work?

    That's the interior of Christ Church, Spitalfields, the church that they have the observation post built on. It also appears in Alan Moore's From Hell, as it is one of the churchs designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor.
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    I don’t know what’s funnier—the chicken joke, or Luke’s expression in that fish-eye closeup.
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2009

    There's no blood on Kait. And her plainly visible knife is clean as well. Possible, but not likely. IMO.
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    i like the ending. the thrill of a group of telepaths not knowing about a murder opens up what else they don't know
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2009
    Well if memory serves, they're not necessarily "always on", so it might be a precursor toward a more Big Brother-ish use of their powers. Surveillance and all that.

    Ugh. I'm talking too much today. I need to find something to do.
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    I'd just like to say that I really, really like the character drawings this go 'round. Not that there hasn't been stellar artwork throughout the series--just that this week's installment made them all seem especially beautiful. Even Luke, that sonuvabitch.
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    Going with Mundanejoy on that last panel. It's gorgeous!
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2009
    My favourite six pages so far. I can't wait to get this all as a book.
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    Last Panel + "Steamologist" = fuck me rigid i'm in love.

    Brilliant, as always.

    And I think I'm developing some kind of fiction crush on Kaitlin.
    • CommentAuthoromgoleus
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2009
    OK, if they're so powerful, as has been pointed out several times, why is KK making herself work so hard just to cut through a metal drum? Surely cutting through sheet metal is within her telekinetic ability... I mean, they didn't hesitate to use their powers to shore up the freakcave after the mortar attack, so there doesn't seem to be a fundamental proscription against construction-oriented uses.

    I've wondered about this several times. They don't seem to use their powers to support their various engineering projects nearly as much as it seems ought to be possible. (Breaking up pavement?) Why not?
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    The barrel cutting -- perhaps for fine-tuning, cutting carefully and all that, her telekinetic ability is too clumsy.

    The breaking up of the pavement -- they might prefer not to showcase their abilities to the people of Whitechapel, and to allow them to participate in the building of their own homes.

    Also, Britain is flooded. Why is that? They used their powers together. They might prefer not to when possible.
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    Beautiful episode, book three is going to have a great opening, I can't wait to get my hands on it. Brilliant work Mr. Ellis and Mr. Duffield! Thank you.
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    Great stuff. Happy 50th episode, guys!

    Funnily enough I have recently been re-reading my old 2000ADs and this week in prog 282 (18 September 1982) came across a letter from Earthlet Warren Ellis of Benfleet, Essex, praising the then-recent Apocalypse War sequence in Judge Dredd and adding, 'and now, as the people of Mega City One look to the mammoth task of rebuilding, I wonder whether the ravaged earth will finally know peace?'

    From one apocalypse to another, the rebuilding continues...