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    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2009 edited
    Friday! And we're back with FREAKANGELS.

    The thing about go-juice: it doesn't get to my fingers as quickly as it gets to my brain. So you talk now -- say hi, how is, and cetera -- and I drink more. Plan of brilliances, yes.
    • CommentAuthorUrbanAngel
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2009 edited
    Haha Ariana you sound a bit high there :D

    New episode, hooray! Am glad that Warren fit in the discussion with Alice and also the other FAs' reactions to Kait's "visitor room". I just hope that they will be discussing both things in more detail and at length! They did mention something we touched on earlier though, about what gives them the right to decide things? Unfortunately, the position that the FAs are in is that they are the leading group there pretty much. So they are making decisions and deciding what is right and wrong. Not everyone can hide away on their boat to avoid the dilemma/conflict. Someone has to take control/leadership/the blame because structure is how society works best. Whether they wanted to be in this position or not, they have now found out that things need to change and perhaps be regulated in regards to how they deal with rape victims and people they need to 'question'.

    It's the first step of many they will have to make. Will they be happy in the end with what they have created? Who knows.

    Oh yes, and hi everyone, hope you're all well. I'm currently hungover. But at work. Eating strawberries at my desk. Very happy that it is sunny.
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    Arkady still wins at great lines. Quite a different character for Ellis to do.

    Doing some editing and organising.

    How hath your week been, Ariana?

    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2009
    Karl seems to be a bit keen to take on the role of guard.
    • CommentAuthorUrbanAngel
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2009 edited
    Yes, "It smells of poo" was comedy :)
    I liked how Alice's eyes seemed to shine a bright green in one scene of this episode - a stark contrast to the FAs' purple eyes reminding us of the fact that she is, indeed, NOT a FA.
    Did anyone else think that Alice and Jack (I think that was his name?) were going to kiss?
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2009 edited
    What a fascinating tale about how frightening it is to become an adult. (It doesn't boil down to only that of course)
    And page 5 is brilliant.

    Hi Ariana, nice week, so?

    @urbanangel: I slightly felt so.
    • CommentAuthoratavistian
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2009
    Another great week exposing the depth of the Freakangels community. The development is pretty fierce.

    Don't know what Kait was expecting, bringing them there. She feels a bit rushed and harried lately, like everything that's going on has her not thinking quite straight.

    My week was decent. Just got off work (7AM here). Got a few errands to do, but if all goes well I'll have bourbon in hand before noon.
    • CommentAuthorUrbanAngel
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2009
    Atavistian - in this episode I got the opposite feeling, that she knew how they would react (she did warn them) but that it's a fact of life and they have to start thinking rationally about how to deal with such situations, so she used it as an opportunity to give them a slap and a wake up call. "This is reality.. now deal with it", so to say.
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    "What about her life would be better...." seemed an awkward or typo'd line but other than that, I thought this was one of the best episodes so far. Real tension, a number of concurrent storylines unfolding, and whilst we still have no idea what's going on it feels as though we're getting closer to something.

    Terrific art as ever, of course.

    Missed this last week, and with the cricket frustrating, this was a good and welcome addition to an otherwise irritating day ending an irritating week.

    Beer tonight. Yes, sir.
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    While Arkady's comment was nicely hilarious, it also helped stopped the argument that had been brewing, maybe Arkady made the comment then with the express purpose of defusing what was quickly becoming an explosive situation.
    • CommentAuthoratavistian
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2009
    Hm. Fair enough, fair enough, I can definitely see your point. I just keep thinking back to her reaction after they promised not to say anything and utterly failed, but I suppose that could be born of disappointed anger rather than surprised anger.
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2009
    Page 6, panel 4, the legs look off.
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2009
    Wow. This one was a really engaging read. Loved it.
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    I like the "Luke Bench". Everyone should take a turn.
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2009
    I laughed SO HARD at page one, panel one. I was completely not expecting it. Great way to start the morning.

    I'm not sure if I've made this claim in weeks previous, but this is, by far, my favorite episode. The originality of the Luke Bench (seriously, who saw that coming?), Paul's physical framing of the torture argument between Alice and Jack, all of the dialogue, all of it. I think the only thing I've noticed about the colorist change is that the sky seems a bit more blue. Which, I suppose, makes everything else pop a little more, too.

    Thanks for making such a great comic, ladies and gents. Seriously. This is the best thing money can't buy (unless one feels like paying for it a couple months later.)

    Oh, and who else is a little... nervous... about Kirk in the last panel? I don't know that I'd trust him alone with someone like Luke. It could only get ugly.
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    That was excellent. An ethical dilemma, actually articulated and not just mired in the usual posturing and pontifficating. That's just excellent. Sexual violence is so often handled in comics with all the delicacy of a burning ember, seeing characters actually talking about it like grown-ups, especially confused and morally questionable grown-ups, so very excellent. The abortive "Supergirls Panties" thread this week devolved into that awful mire of "what about guyz gettin' rapeded? Cannt rapez the willin!" bullshit, for which I apologize.

    Great stuff, all in the eyes and smoke this week Paul. Well done.
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    Warren once said in his work Available Light that life is something not to be observed but something to be lived in order to be understood. {I paraphrase.}
    I have been silent on the RAPE issue because like Jack, some things I should be silent upon. However, I am qualified to address the desire that a Sirkka was really there for me in that I would love to be whole and without the residue of cancer. Oh well! Guess we really are who we are because of the life and decisions we have made prior to any given moment.

    There was a certain significance to the episode today for me, as I had a close personal acquaintance be stricken with bad news and almost some of the same 'bottom line' questions are relevant within our conversations.

    Hello Ariana; your plan is indeed sound.
    • CommentAuthorQuixotess
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2009 edited
    This episode was totally awesome.

    Two tasty ethical dilemmas. Here's hoping no one ever tries to bring them up as if they have any relevance in real life. Sirkka still bites, and Jack's "I don't get to have an opinion about this" is cowardly bullshit, but fits him.

    @liamshiels: yeah, he looks odd, and I think I've been spending too much time at photoshop disasters as all the necks look quite odd to me, especially Alice's in page two panel three.

    Edit: And a baby farm? for food? how ridiculously inefficient. You have to invest all the energy you get that makes the baby, and then some, during the pregnancy. For what? How many meals does that tiny thing make? And too much of it would be brain or bone. That's just incredibly, uh, not believable. Maybe he's lying?

    Edit edit: beaten to it.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2009
    @ orwelles_eyes - Too bad about that thread. Wasn't your fault.

    Violence is rarely presented well in comics at all. (Nobody talks that much while they fight, Captain America.) And just like real life, when you try to do the right thing, it opens up a whole host of new problems.

    'Babies for food" was what got me. (Seems a rather inefficient method of producing food but it sounds like they were doing it on a large scale and that is horrifying.) So that's why Sirkka has a harem and is trying to "reinvent human relationships" - to socialize people away from violence and the "I want it, I'll take it" Mentality.

    I am still feeling a bit stabby lately but I'm getting there. Gonna drink a beer and watch Quincy and maybe go see my sister later.

    Great stuff Warren, Paul, Ariana, Kate and anyone else I'm forgetting.
    How far away are we from the end of Volume Three and the beginning of Volume Four?
    • CommentAuthorcalcaneus
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2009
    My first time on the forums - though I've browsed before to make sure the fauna is mostly harmless.

    When Jack reminded me that it's been less than a week since Alice came along, that pretty much blew my mind. It seems like it's all been happening for so long! I need to reread the whole thing to regain the sense of immediacy, Ithink.

    Chalk me up as another person who's a bit leery of Karl.