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    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2009
    Lincoln, NE same as normal, can't vouch for the rest of the state, we're kind of in a bubble here. a bubble with concrete gardens and awesome ice cream.

    I love the gun still falling in the first panel on the last page. it was still falling! that was awesome. also, nice anatomy - no idea if it's right, bet it is. loved it.

    survivor's guilt lacking, huh? like that personality idea, like he just wasn't all there after the 'crash'.

    kait with a sword is a fabulous thought - like she totally trains in her little room with purposefully selected soundtrack and a bit of fabric tied around her forehead...happy.

    Hope all are well, Whitechapel!
    Thanks, Warren, Ariana and Paul!
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    Cheyenne, aka "Mars," checking in.

    My guess is that Kait is a bit off thinking the murder weapon was a sword. I'm betting something more like a longish dirk, or a Bowie knife (now, wouldn't that be a rarity in England?), or maybe a kukri (used by Gurkha soldiers, who have been in the news lately).

    The katana on Kait's wall is an interesting bit of misdirection, but I believe that's all it is.

    Now, let's see what happens.
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2009
    I'm liking the mystery turn. Though really, a paper cutter, with some modifications, can make a pretty nasty sabre if you really wanted your hands on a blade.
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    Leeds all present and (in)correct (Lancashire *should*'ve imploded having elected the first BNP county councillor)
    Rutland Water? Peter Hamilton territory? Survivor guilt from walking through Luton??

    The plot thickens ... and the art continues to stun.
    • CommentAuthoratavistian
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2009 edited
    @ twitch_ramirez - It's not the paperwork that kills, it's the necessity of it being produced in quintuplicate to arbitrary and exacting standards determined by someone who has had the rank to duck actually writing reports for the past decade (these circumstances have me weeping on an weekly basis). Looks like humanity is okay for the time being.

    Agree with ScottBieser both about the misdirection and about the misidentification. If there was wobble in the throat injury (and the throat injury wasn't savagely catastrophic, as in a near-decapitation), I would've guessed a smaller blade, but I could also be reading too much into it.

    Ever try cutting someone's throat with a long blade? The angle is a bitch. To get a crescent-cut, you have to continually angle the blade in a weird, yawing see-saw.

    Uh, not that I'd know anything about that kind of stuff.

    Edit: just went back and re-read; it's a straight cut, not a crescent. Damn. Also, thought: Jack the Ripper used surgical-type blades, didn't he? Or am I conflating pop-culture ideas with actually history?

    Also: How are you going to cut someone's throat with a longblade, either from behind, or after a disabling slice to the gut? I mean, the former seems kind of hard in itself, and the latter seems like it would leave defensive wounds as you crawl on top of the poor, eviscerated sonofagun and saw the blade across....

    Jesus, why am I even thinking about all this?
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2009
    i really liked the art in the episode. for some reason the shadows of hair and such just jumped. the last two pages were amazing.
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2009 edited
    I'm waiting for a guy who looks like Ellis to hobble into one panel and whip out a sword-cane. :P

    This is sort of a lame comment, but I'm repeatedly impressed by the effort put into the coloring/backgrounds. I'm a fan of that wall tile and textures introduced into different areas of the panel. I wish I knew my way around an imaging program half as well as Paul Duffield.
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    @ MrMonk she should be fine. Reports coming in just now, assures the residents that the ground should be fine for the next few days!

    Very cool, hope her visit here is a pleasant one.
    • CommentAuthoroga
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2009
    These wind-up lanterns are crap. I bought one last Christmas for camping and the very next day went into town from the campsite and bought a battery one. Fuck winding it up every two minutes!
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2009
    Happy Friday, Ariana, Warren, Paul & everyone else!

    Los Angeles so far seems to be doing ok. Which is good because tonight the play I'm working on opens and it would be a pity if all that stress and lost sleep was for naught.

    Once again I must compliment Warren & Paul on the beautiful pacing of this story. Parceling out the exposition so we have to dig for information, not just in the hints that the dialogue gives but in the attitudes and reactions of the 'Angels... truly this is a rich and precise world. Makes the story all the more present and chillingly accessible. I dunno...somehow it got easy to put myself in the poor sod's place and to get through everything, the end of the world, starvation, probably loneliness (and no chips!) only to be killed? Had to shudder and shake it off.

    Good on you!
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2009
    Man, the colors are so pretty, the detail on the wind pipe and the guts makes me wanna hurl every time, good work!
    page 3 and 5 are my favorites. love the open lines. It really allows the details to breathe.

    The chikkins did it!!
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    @ chris g LOL!
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2009
    No one actually thinks Kait did it, do they? Surely humans are still horrible enough for her not to need to create work for herself. I bet she confiscated those weapons from other people because that's her job.

    The bit about the survivor's guilt is I think a clue.

    @ diello - Toronto will be all the finer when you move here. I promise I won't let it implode.
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2009
    For some reason I was especially taken with the art, this episode. As said above, I think the coloring has much to do with it, but also the last two pages and especially the sort of fisheye-lens shot in the panel at the bottom of page 5. The feel alluded to a security camera's perspective, which was appropriate for the setting. Very nice.
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2009
    ya...nice innards. :)

    Did the world implode last night in tornado and stormy goodness? We had nice sunny weather for the last couple of days. We had the tornados a few days ago...
    See...I am in the future :P
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2009
    What's this about the world imploding?
    I can tell you Down here in Sydney, Nothing of the sort has happened.

    Heh we can see that she has a sword in her arsenal already..
    Really looking forward to where this is going! Can;t wait till next friday again.
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2009 edited
    My life has imploded--don't know if that counts, my job went away somewhere, has anyone seen it? ;)

    Was anyone else amazed at how annoyingly perfectly clean and organized the secret headquarters is? Nothing personal left out except for the weapon board. Even the white-board eraser and the white-board marker have their places--if she can keep getting white-board markers, then why would anyone be amazed at a sword in a country that must have millions of privately owned ones? If I was abandoning my home I'd take my sword, and if I didn't have one, but came across one, I'd certainly keep it. It would be more useful than a gun after ammo ran out. And what was the rectanguler (how that crap do you spell that damn word?!) blue thing on the chest? Box of wipes as used in cleaning the gun? You see it again next to the gun on the last page with a clipboard she's picking up after putting the gun down, but the clipboard wasn't there a minute ago--where'd it come from? Probably the same one that she brought back with the notes of the imagrees, but she had to put it down to use the light, and after the lights lit you can see the blue box with quite a bit of counter space next to it. Then in the penultimate frame there's no blue box, just the gun! Note three empty hooks on her board o'doom. What are they for? Is the board for display of treasured possessions, hence the two different type of hand cuffs? I could see her as a collector. Or is it just storage of frequently used tools? I love Freak Angels:)
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    I think you're thinking too hard.
    • CommentAuthorpoor_boy
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2009
    @ phorgan1 - The doorway of learning can be opened through a path of madness.
    Don't take my word for it. I'm <em>mad</em> :), you know.
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    I'm liking this new story-arc.

    Quncy's cock was a foot long has become a catchphrase of mine.

    Re Quincy. Did anyone ever notice that Quincy episodes can be streamed into three categories?

    Murder Quincy: Quincy solves a murder. These are usually the best episodes.

    Issues Quincy: Quincy tackles a thorny social issue, such as dodgy diet pills, or punks pogo-dancing. These are usually unintentionally hilarious. Especially the punk one.

    'Quincy' Quincy: This was a rarer breed of Quincy. I only recall the one off the top of my head, where Quincy's past was examined in flashback sequences. We saw why he gave up medicine on the living, and the source of his irascible cantankerous nature.

    I'd even stretch to say that Quincy would beat Columbo in a fight