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    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    > I think it's because Miki and Kait are similar in that they deal with concrete reality.

    Yes, and they're both people-oriented.

    But I think it's nice for Kait to be able to believe that one person, at least, Miki, is not a potential 'perp': I think that Kait is willing to disclose her techniques because she believes that Miki has an ethos.
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    I am in love with Kait now. Didn't like her for a long time.

    Can we PLEEEAAAASSSSE have this shirt????
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    I didn't see the cannibalism thing coming, but it makes perfect sense. Pretty much every post-apocalyptic tale where there are wandering bands of survivors make mention of cannibalism.

    RE: the Jack the Ripper connection: "On October 16th George Lusk, the president of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, received a three-inch-square cardboard box in his mail. Inside was half a human kidney preserved in wine, along with the following letter. Medical reports carried out by Dr. Openshaw found the kidney to be very similar to the one removed from Catherine Eddowes, though his findings were inconclusive either way. The letter read as follows:


    From hell.
    Mr Lusk,
    I send you half the Kidne I took from one woman and prasarved it for you tother piece I fried and ate it was very nise. I may send you the bloody knif that took it out if you only wate a whil longer

    Catch me when you can Mishter Lusk"


    So there's that. The weird thing is, though, they've made no mention of any of the dead guy's organs being removed. He wasn't eaten, he was murdered. So there's that, too.
  2.  (6588.44)
    And, and I forgot to add:

    Kick-fucking-ass. Admittedly this wasn't an action scene, per se, but still good stuff. I have to admit I expect the odd bit of random violence from ol' Warren, and he doesn't disappoint. Not that there was a lul in the story, it was really intense, but last episode was all moody and atmospheric and stuff. Which is great. But sometimes I want to see a superhero beating a random person half to death.

    And, really, would any of you be here if you didn't?
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    Insightful. No one messes with Kait.
  3.  (6588.46)
    Kait definitely does what she feels is necessary, eh?

    A good easy week in the Bay area. Haven't gone out much, but when I have, I've scored nicely digging in the local bookstores!
    TTA books

    I got these two for just under 10 bucks. Good times...
  4.  (6588.47)
    Hrn. The shirt reminds me....
    Kait seems to get psychic impressions on deaths via touch, mostly. The no-hugs rule might be a bit of self defense, not merely her being 'mental', sort of warding off unwanted information before it can be given to her.
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    Oooooh, didn't think of that :)
    • CommentAuthorIMCL
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    I could be wrong, but I have a suspicion that A) Mark is dead and B) There is one more Freak Angel lurking out there.

    But then again, if Luke is able to heal himself, then who's to say Mark didn't do the same exact thing after getting shot.
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    She's not that mental. Somebody comes at you with a deadly weapon, there's no sense messing around. It's the control that's scary.
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    Unless things're really gonna get turned on their heads (which is entirely possible), the only other possibility is Luke, and that just seems far-fetched to me. The guy's a rapist piece of shit with poor impulse control, not a serial killer. If this is a serial killer. The Jack and Ripper thing leads me to believe that there will be other murders, but perhaps that is a red herring or a diversion tactic by whoever committed the murder.
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    @IMCL there's no info (I think) on how exactly they went about killing Mark. Don't think they shot him.

    I have Amanda Fucking Palmer's "Guitar Hero" stuck in my head, which is nice - far preferable to other things that could be in my head - just, you know, it's going round and round.... Anyway, there's the possibility that I don't totally grok what you mean by "mental". Always assumed that it meant "nuts" "wacky" but neither psychotic nor violent. I don't think Kait is psychotic and the violence was easily justified. Also, I don't think she's nuts. Perhaps terse and unconventional but so far only the dungeon was shocking, but swiftly easy to understand. And this is from the peacenik in the crowd.

    Maybe it's my own hangup. I've had to deal with people who are genuinely cracked and need to take meds or live in facilities and so I get a little twitchy about overlaps in labeling someone with odd habits with terms related to mental imbalance. So if Kait is mental - nutty - and odd in her way of solving problems then I see a lot of this being pretty standard in high quality police work (yes, I know "standard...high quality"). Thanks to TV shows, such as the one Kait is modeling herself on, we assume that police do stuff like this when investigating perps, even though we know interrogation isn't supposed to be so violent - civil rights, etc. But we love our shows when the officers push the line and get in trouble but know they are doing what they need to. We expect officers to follow their hunches over SOP. We don't think famed fictional detectives can read minds, but we do assume they can guess accurately and are aware that their guesses won't stand up in court. Ergo, a cultural grant of leeway letting detectives find evidence that bolsters their hunches.

    Making someone say something out loud is way, WAY more than cover for telepathy. It solidifies the intel, it makes the perp(s) know Kait knows, and if they haven't faced it before, it makes the perps face that what they were doing was wrong, hence bringing the law on their heads. She's not there for shits and giggles and doesn't want them leaving the scene feeling like she's merely persecuting them.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    This week's FA is hardcore! Kick ass and take names ^_^

    Hi, Ariana. Hope you are well and running at full capacity.

    Week makes my mood go up and down. Been working all through the weeks this summer w/ only Sunday as my day off. Sundays are pretty worthless, so I really fucking want a REAL day out of the week. So I can do shit.
    But last night I bought new comics, so I felt happy. And then I laid out a few new pages for my Team Dracula story. Man, I started it in 07-08, I think. But then I drew other stories that would eventually build up to it. And now everything caught up to me so I get to finish it. It's more exciting for me now because I've gotten marginally better with my drawing skillz so everything feels very f*cking fun ^_^
  7.  (6588.54)
    I would buy the Kait shirt.

    Frankly, I don't think she's as mental as most everyone else does. A few people here have pointed out that she has reasons behind her behavior, she has logic and it makes sense. She's extreme, and there's obviously instability there, but "fucking mental"? Nah. Of course, I'm still hoping she pulls a Malcom Reynolds with Luke; just walking up and shooting him, without discussion, then getting on with business. But we'll see what happens with Luke eventually.

    If it wasn't Warren Ellis writing this, I might be more inclined to believe the guy outside of town is the long awaited Mark...
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    @IMCL - We already have been told how many FreakAngels were born, so there can't be another out there, unless Warren is going to go against what he's previously written. The only other possibility is a similar, though not FreakAngel clan, psychicly gifted individual. That is, if you're looking for a "Mark" that isn't really Mark and not just a normal person.
  9.  (6588.56)
    Gah, I just discovered that letting my PC sit idle while I'm composing a post is not a good idea >.< Having written this once, I'll truncate and just say that Kait is easily my favorite at this point, and that I would perform any of many sexual favors for that t-shirt of her. Its that fucking cool.
    @razrangel: If'n I recall correctly, Kirk talks about how after Mark was run out of town, he followed him and fried his brain with his mental kung fu mind bullet attack...or something like that :P
    Thanks to the brilliant FA team for making my Friday not suck!
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    > Anyway, there's the possibility that I don't totally grok what you mean by "mental". Always assumed that it meant "nuts" "wacky" but neither psychotic nor violent.

    The Urban Dictionary gives about nine (different) definitions, one of which is "wacky": two others are just "violent", and "strong-minded".

    > officers push the line and get in trouble ... and are aware that their guesses won't stand up in court

    That is true, but Kait's situation isn't American: she's the judge as well as the investigator. Maybe there is no court, and she convicts and punishes too (which might be why some people here see her a vigilante).

    > Making someone say something out loud is way, WAY more than cover for telepathy.

    Yes. "Confess!"
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    Some additional thoughts, now that I've digested this a bit:

    The relationship between Kait and Miki makes sense - Miki acts as a coroner, so Kait depends on her in her investigations. It was, in fact, Miki who noticed originally that there were no defensive wounds on the body.
    Miki also keeps records on everyone who comes into Whitechapel. It was, again, her who had the information on who his friends were.

    I think it was interesting that Miki also noted that he 'lacked the usual survivor guilt' of the others. That possibly implies that he wasn't really running his show? It's how Alice got to Whitechapel...why not a few others, who might report back to him?
    • CommentAuthorfrexels
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009 edited
    @ Fan

    I think I see how she got inside her arm. You can see that Kait's raising her left hand at the same time as the baton. Kait twists/steps to face the girl, while using her empty hand to shove the girl's knife hand away from her body. At that point, Kait went from perpendicular to her to parallel, which is why they line up like that. Then, Kait finishes her 180, taking knife-girl the last 90 degrees. The pulling on the girl helps bring Kait inside her arm. I'm imagining how my chemistry professor did an Akido throw in class, just more, um, baton-y.

    As for how she's holding the baton, no idea. Maybe she can twist her forearm in a circle, or she rolled the baton over her fingers to change her hold. She points it from a better hold on the last page. If we saw the backs of her fingers instead of the palm side, I'd say she just rolled the baton inside her grip.

    If the Shoreditch guys have only been there a week, then this weird dude they're seeing outside of town has probably been there awhile, has really good timing, or is one of the refugees and this dude didn't know it.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    @ Frexels - it's a police baton. It's got a wee handle. Shaped like an 'L;, kind of. Fantastic weapons. Very useful.

    Kait's not mental. She's GORGEOUS. OMFG. I have a crush on her.

    "Do you know who I am?" Yes, miss.

    And her rationale vis a vis mind-reading makes the psycho-drama of the "Torture Chamber" all the more plausible. Not that she DOESN'T torture people, perhaps. As a telepath, she can torture them without touching them. Especially if they're Out Of Their Minds with Fear.

    Miki also keeps records on everyone who comes into Whitechapel. It was, again, her who had the information on who his friends were.

    Miki is Alfred. Bet she knows more about Kait's One-Woman War On Crime than anybody else.

    I thought it was KK in the flashback. (I'm not that bright, though.)