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    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2009
    @warrenellis - I'm looking forward to the scene where Luke has to choose between drowning or taking out the bullets Kirk gleefully continues to pump into him.

    And is it just me, or is Luke for some reason not able to bring up a shield the way the other Freakangels do? Over and over again he's getting his face smashed by someone, and never once has he stopped it.

    Then again, he's usually not got pants on either, so maybe he just distracted a lot.
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2009
    And is it just me, or is Luke for some reason not able to bring up a shield the way the other Freakangels do? Over and over again he's getting his face smashed by someone, and never once has he stopped it.

    Then again, he's usually not got pants on either, so maybe he just distracted a lot.

    I think he's more oblivious than distracted. Like Conner has said, he spends too much time in his head. He's busy thinking about what he's going to do and the effects it'll have on somebody else. He's so wrapped up in himself that he doesn't consider what other people are thinking or doing. So he constantly gets surprised when people punch him in his face. Also, I think that Luke believes that the telepathic aspect of the Freakangels package is far superior to the other aspects, so he concentrates his efforts in that area. Which means he's less skilled in the aspects of the package that allow for physical actions and defense. Of course that also means that he's probably really, really good at telepathy. So, if Kirk gives him a chance, Luke could probably devastate or control him telepathically. Really, I'm waiting for the moment when Luke grabs Alice's mind and tells Kirk that he'll make her high-dive off the tower unless Kirk releases him.
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2009
    What Johnjones said, plus, I think it's easier to block when you can hear the shot before the bullet hits you, rather than at the same time (the other FAs blocked the bullets, but they also had some distance). Not sure why he didn't put up a shield to block further shots, though, since he still had that gun pointed at him. Maybe Luke can only do one thing at a time... like Kirk said... he's busy concentrating on that pain.
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2009
    @ diello

    From what I saw, the FA's tended to employ shields in advance of being attacked. Figure that unless they enter Static Line, their reaction time are about the same as a regular human. Generally by the time a human hears a gunshot the bullet's either hit him or a second away from doing so. Either way there's not enough time to react. Though I could be wrong. Luke didn't seem to be fearful for Sirkka's safety regarding the mortor attack, though Jack did. Mortors are slower than bullets and Kirk sent a mass-call, so the FAs were able to organize a response. Sirkka actually used her own shield to protect Jack after she noticed people shooting at him.

    Though you have to wonder why Luke hasn't simply turned off the nerves in his legs in order to focus his power elsewhere. Perhaps the storm will be a distraction to aid him...
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    Portsmouth (I'm assuming UK, but I might be wrong) is my neck of the woods, so I will recommend Ian's Books & Comics on Albert Road, Southsea.

    HAR! Have just moved to Waterlooville, so guess that's now my local comic store.

    awesome episode - the art was superb, and the last panel was fantastic.
    • CommentAuthorIMCL
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2009
    God damn, I heart FreakAngels.
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2009
    Dunno unless it's a FA power don't see how she can expect to keep track of every knife, chunk of broken glass or block of rock over 1 kilo. I mean it may be scoured over, but it's still a city with dozens of kitchens in any square block.

    Also still don't see where Drew carried the dang thing...

    Still loving the work and stories! Keep it Rawkkin!
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    some may say its cliche, but i love the image and feel of a storm as a foreshadowing device. there is just something so delightfully ominous in a massive, dark, possibly never-ending storm!

    also, i really do think its mark out there but regardless, i was wondering if we know yet what mark's... forte is, in terms of his freakangel power since everyone has kind of an individually unique stronger skill/purpose they use to generally contribute to the community. i mean, other than his general ability of using people as puppets, killing, and pissing off the other freakangels. i can't remember if a specific skill for mark was previously discussed?
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    no... but it is conceivable that he's been out there cooking up this storm, literally. slowly and methodically creating the physical conditions, while simultaneously manipulating the personal events of whitechapel.

    remember, it was only a week ago he sent alice in after the 'angels. then, hot on her heels, the boat attack. it's likely that he expected at least one or two of the clan to get it in those attacks. now he's manipulated the homicide that's keeping kait busy, and I would even be willing to entertain the idea that he's "nudged" luke into breaking The Rule. all of which adds up to the perfect storm that we finally see literally materialize in this episode.

    and like alice says on page 6, it's not going away any time soon.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009
    Volume Three is almost over. (the trades will be available in November, unless I'm mistaken.)
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009
    Found it. I was sure I'd read a reference to it before.

    In chapter 41, on page 2, Luke himself makes a statement that implies the 'shields' the Freakangels throw up are almost instinctual - a reflex. A few pages later Kait herself actually curves the trajectory of a bullet that's fired at her back.
    Given that, it really does seem odd that Luke has used one at least once so far...

    And for the record, if you hear the gun, the bullet has probably missed you - the bullet ALWAYS beats the bang.

    @johnjones - I agree with you partially. Luke is probably always thinking about what he's going to do/get away with next. But rather than contemplating the effect that will has on others he's more likely trying to work out how to keep it from having any sort of ramifications on himself later.
    And if he does spend a lot of time in his own head, then he's probably really one of the scariest people in Whitechapel, considering what that's done for Arkady, and he seems to know it. I imagine when that's finally revealed we'll all be a bit surprised.

    Unless Kirk or the rain kills him here in a bit.
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009
    re. the storm - just occurred to me... moar rain = moar flooding? That could get pretty serious...
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    incrediblee stufff
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    Just thinking - why does the storm have to be foreshadowing of something bad coming? What if the storm is itself the something bad coming. Six years ago our heroes flooded the world. It doesn't seem beyond what we know that Mark might be able to use weather as a weapon.
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    @PatrickBrown yeah... weather as a weapon. that's what I was getting at.
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2009
    Even if the weather is the Bad Thing (or at least a bad thing), the storm still functions as foreshadowing. It still sets out the drama that "a storm is coming" even when the metaphorical storm is an actual storm.