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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
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    I thought that maybe this was because when she first arrives at Whitechapel she's all tired and exhausted and maybe she 'scrubs up' rather nicely after a wash and a hot meal, but this doesn't quite justify it.


    That was probably part of it. But it also could've been an "as within, so without" kind of thing. Because Alice was carrying Mark's ugly, horrible commands, she herself looked ugly.
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    Gun Jam?

    It's been a nail-biter getting to this point. The suspense is terrible, I hope it lasts.
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      CommentAuthordiello
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
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    @VertigoJones
    Best analogy ever.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
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    Somebody's going to stop him. Don't know who but somebody's going to stop him.

    I'm wondering when we'll get to see Mark in the flesh. (Assuming he still HAS flesh. Which is a safe assumption. At least as safe as one can make. Alice met him.)

    I'm going to read this episode twice a day for seven days.
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    @VertigoJones

    Would these be climbing shoes? If so what did you get?

    I need to replace my climbing shoes. I think they're now classed as a biological hazard.
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    @Dee_Noir
    You do indeed, most of the characters morph as the comic continues and my style morphs with it. Alice for example became more of a central character than I expected, so I think I unconsciously drew her as increasingly attractive to reflect that. Plus it's only really the first few panels where she's kinda ugly. The rest is the bags under her eyes receding, and getting herself clean, and smiling on occasion (and loosing the bunches + hoops + pink lipstick, it's amazing what a makeover does).
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
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    > Gun Jam?

    For what it's worth I noticed that he was *told* the state of the pistol ("one up the snout") before he was given it: whereas instead, if you're given a firearm, you must *check for yourself* whether it's armed, loaded and/or safe; but there's no reason to expect that he would ever have been taught that.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
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    Luke is a threat. I like seeing decisiveness. I'm doubtful now any of the Angels can be killed for good though. I keep thinking Mark was indeed dead. And then he got better.
    • CommentAuthorMrMonk
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
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    I've thought similar things about Mark. Karl said he heard Mark's mind die. How would he know what a Freakangel's mind sounds like when it dies?

    I have no doubt that, in his exile, Mark is testing his abilities, seeding followers, and planning to take down the clan. He probably plans to destroy the Whitechapel community, too.

    Which brings me back to the massed attack on Whitechapel in Book One. I can't conceive of a sufficient motivation to attack Whitechapel in that way, wasting all that precious fuel and ammunition. It wouldn't make sense that the attackers would believe that they could run Whitechapel, or that envy alone would be enough to spur the attack. I suspect that we'll find out that Mark was involved in some way.
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
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    > It wouldn't make sense that the attackers would believe that they could run Whitechapel, or that envy alone would be enough to spur the attack. I suspect that we'll find out that Mark was involved in some way.

    Kirk does say of the attackers, "Damn it. Where did they get those from? The New Cross crew are armed, people."

    And KK said, at the begining, "Your name's Alice. Your brothers were gun runners. You think maybe they crossed Mark on a deal ..."

    So, yes, maybe it was Mark who procured their weapons. But the FAs stopped that attack without even using the package.
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    Either Mark is going to make an appearance, or Luke will wake up.
    Its already been said the only one that would be able to take luke on one-on-one is Arkady, and given the capacity for thought reading, it would make sense if Karl had shuttered himself off, given the group don't want execution. He may already have missed his chance.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009 edited
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    Either Mark is going to make an appearance, or Luke will wake up.


    Or Kirk will simply not pull the trigger after all. I think despite the "Fuck it" Kirk wants answers. Or at the very least, he wants Luke to at least try to explain himself. Despite himself, Kirk wants some sort of trial for Luke, even if it's only with himself as judge and executioner.

    Unfortunately, that's probably going to be a mistake. Luke is probably at his most dangerous when he's talking with you.
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      CommentAuthorMrSmite
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
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    I was kinda thinkin if operating the drones were less hive-mind zombie-lord style, and more computer virus/brainwashing (like what we saw with Alice), some real damage could be coming. I've been wondering how many of these poor, emaciated souls that were just taken in are really sleeper agents for Mark. Mark could have engineered their poorly-planned attack as the easiest way to gain access to Whitechapel, betting that the other Freakangels would take in the poor, starving wanderers rather than send them packing. And the Jack The Ripper murder is just Mark laughing mega-maniacally, daring them to figure it out.

    Of course, everything I just said is probably wrong.
    • CommentAuthorMrMonk
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
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    I believe that it was Karl who referred to Alice being "programmed" and referred to the possibility that Mark had planted a "deep command-line". That could just be his way of expressing Mark's style of control, or Mark's style may actually be to "recode" people's brains. I noticed that Luke's style was referred to as "driving", which fits with the way that he handled Janine and the blonde girl.
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    Sometimes a gun is just a gun, and the character who has one pointed at his head will end up with his brains decorating the wall behind him.
    • CommentAuthorSheena
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
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    I agree it's time we saw Mark. Maybe some suspense-prolonging flashbacks...

    Ok, on second thought maybe NOT that.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
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    EEEEEEeeeeee!! Ditto all the Gah! Cliffhanger! comments. And ditto everything I've already said on what a brilliant work this FreakAngels story is. Challenging and complex and terrific!

    It's kind of an interesting counterpoint. Being into comics but not a fan of the usual superhero titles I always had a hard time explaining what it was that I did/didn't like besides "Sandman yes, Superman no." FA is actually helping me realize that I don't care for stories where the necessary thing to do is obvious and there are no consequences for doing the right thing. In fact, in the world of the average superhero comic, the right thing and the necessary thing are always the same thing (just amped up so only Superman or whoever could do it). I realized a long, long time ago that sometimes the right thing and the necessary thing aren't the same. Picking between them can really tear a person up inside and it was rare to see that in common, popular media.

    Thanks, Warren, for doing what a writer does best - blow my mind! And make me hold my breath at the same time, good lord!!
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
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    > And make me hold my breath at the same time

    In a superhero comic that has just one or two heroes, guess who is *not* going to die?

    Whereas this one has a dozen principal characters; more than twice as many as, say, _Watchmen_: and one of them (Mark) has *already* been retired.

    I think I know who's going to die, but I don't want to risk spoiling it by telling you. :-)
    • CommentAuthorGilgurth
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009 edited
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    My take is nothing will happen. They need Luke, and they know it on some level. Why, not yet revealed. But if they've tolerated him this long, there's been a reason. They're all 'guilty' of destroying the world. Seemingly in anger. Genocide, The end of civilization, famine, plague, and reducing the remainder of humanity, or at least England, into a place where they find rape camps and baby farms, I think it gets hard to have a pithy moral high ground.

    If you notice, they only are angry because he broke rules. They harp about how they agreed to follow them. It's less about the actions, but I think Kirk let it slip... It's addictive. Power feels good. Mark controled 50 a undertermined time ago, by now, who knows how many he can control. Of the 11 of them, one's a prisoner, and 8 were at the pit. Only Miki and Karl(?). Karl was in on the supposed snuffing of Mark?

    Anyway, that's tangential, while he won't be covered in glory or redeemed, they'll need Luke before this is all over. Hell, they might need Mark again too. I'm enjoying it, can't wait to see where it goes.
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      CommentAuthorTwobyfour
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
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    I think he should get his cock blown off... and I want to give Warren a kiss for this weekly gift. Now will someone show up and pull Luke's ass out of the fire?