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    I love the fish-eye look, well-drawn and very suspenseful!
    Poor Kirk, I'm happy Luke didn't kill him (both because Kirk gets to stay alive and so Luke isn't a cold-hearted murderer). But they've already remarked that Luke can't fight all the freakangels, so I can't help but think he only has two paths ahead of him: join with Mark or convince the rest of the gang that he isn't just a raping douchebag.
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2009
    All hail the anonymous Wifi benefactor! I, too, have relied on the wireless kindness of strangers when my own connection dropped.

    If Luke isn't a total bastard, then I can't see him hooking up with Mark, who is demonstrably worse. Or surviving such a partnership.
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    ...I can't see him hooking up with Mark, who is demonstrably worse...

    Wait, all we know about what Mark's done is that he used large-scale mind control and that he used Alice as an annoyance for the FA... we don't know if he's used "the Push" for rape or other heinous acts... is he worse than Luke? Or did he just control more people (but not for the same reasons)? Am I forgetting something?
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2009
    Considering the apparently small amount of work that's been completed, I wouldn't say that the break was more than a few weeks.
    Episode 0049, the start of Vol. 3, said "One week later."

    So from the day Alice strolled in til now has been, by my count, nine days.

    As a side note, this is just a suggestion, is there a way you could change the color of either the sidebar menu or (if it's even possible) the text for the the "Jump to an Episode" drop-down? I always lose it when I'm scanning through the page. It just doesn't register in my brain that it's a drop-down box. Obviously, if it's just a problem with me, don't worry about it, but it's a minor tweak that I think would make navigation better.
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2009
    Luke's got five bullets left - I wonder what he intends to do with them?
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2009
    Golly, I'm finding it hard to warm up to Luke.

    Thanks for the wonderful entertainment.
    • CommentAuthorbigkech
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2009 edited
    Awesome week! The story is getting even more intense and the art is, as always, amazing. One question though, did Luke use his Freakangle ju-ju to heal his fantastic huge bullet holes and sew up his pants in from page 2 to 3 (2nd panel)? Sorry if that's a dickish question. I am a zombie today.

    Looking forward to the next installment.

    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2009
    Sometimes, I wish Wifi was a God. Thanks wifi east of Ariana!

    I think Luke has popped to my 3rd favorite, here's to hoping my lil asshole keeps the masses wondering his next move! I didn't think he would kill Kirk. I like the fish eye effect there, I think it's for dramatics, but I'd have to guess past that, I'd say someone was watching Kait.

    I also think that the reasons the others don't know is because neither Luke or Kirk have alerted them and I assume the power that they have use isn't a noticeable spike or an emotional one (partally believing that Sirkka can sense the emotion and changes in the mind, than the usage of their powers).
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2009 edited
    69. Good shit. I love how this comic breathes. No rushing.

    Hope your intertubes get better, Ariana.

    Think I am gonna spoil myself today and have more than one redbull. Or maybe I'll buy one of those big Ellis sized cans. NEED IT!
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    @Angelcleo - Somehow I doubt KK deliberately "alerts" the others when she's out sleeping with random guys... yet they get the details anyway. I'd say a seemingly life-or-death fight would rate higher in their "senses" than her nocturnal activities.
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2009 edited
    Somehow I doubt KK deliberately "alerts" the others when she's out sleeping with random guys... yet they get the details anyway. I'd say a seemingly life-or-death fight would rate higher in their "senses" than her nocturnal activities.

    Maybe she just thinks really loudly during sex. Instead of being a "screamer" she's a "subvocalizer?"
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    When most people say lol, they don't really mean it... this time I do, thanks.
    • CommentAuthorcjtremlett
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2009
    Thanks to Ariana's unknowing WiFi donor!

    Innnnnnnnnnnnteresting. In terms of self-preservation, it does make sense for Luke not to kill Kirk. There wouldn't be a trial and he would have no chance at all to spout off. But still, shooting Kirk, emphasizing that he could have killed him but didn't, and then walking away? Maybe it's just taking the second shot because Kirk shot him twice, but I think there's more going on in his twisty creepy head than self-preservation and revenge.

    I thought gas with the cans, too, but given the state of the world, that doesn't seem as likely. And if it were gas and set up as a trap, Kait would have smelled it. I wonder who is watching? I still think we're too early in for it to be Mark. We're still only one week or so from Alice showing up in Whitechapel. While Mysterious Killer could be another "present" from Mark, the way Alice was, I don't think it's Mark himself. Kait's watcher might not be Mysterious Killer, but given that she's at this spot investigation, I'm fairly sure whoever is watching is at least associated with Mysterious Killer.

    This episode really felt too short! Next Friday is too far away!
    • CommentAuthorburnlab
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2009
    Luke has a valid point. If they can control matter & space with their minds, why are they being such fuddy hairshirts? Do something cool!
    [Rape is clearly not cool, but just surviving with no apparent goals isn't very cool either.]
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2009
    I love that we keep getting more and more pieces that gradually change and complete our pictures of the various characters. I'm starting to get more of a handle on Luke. For one thing, his "master race" schtick isnt abstract. It's very concrete. It's very much "you and me agaisnt the world." In Luke's head, he and his "brothers and sisters" are superheroes and avengers and conquerors all rolled into one. It's "us against them" and "us" won, so "them" can suck on that and learn to swim.

    Mark's banishment shook that to some degree, but Luke could commit to that. In his superhero world, it's possible for a hero to become a villain, but even the villain may yet come to see the light and return to the fold. But Alice, Alice is different. She's part of Them. And now she's supposed to be one of Us. This silly, stupid cow comes into Our town to kill Us, and suddenly she's more a part of Us than I am, is what he thinks. And I think that enrages him on a very deep level. Dinner and the various replies were on the mass call, so Luke would've known Alice was going to the Freakcave. All the mortor team did was provide an opportunity.

    Also, check out page 5 of episode 58 and notice how the Luke's victim has blonde hair like Alice and her face looks a little similar as well. She also looks close to the same age and body type. And remember that rape is ultimately a crime of violence, anger and power.
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2009
    Meant to make this past yesterday, but I left it here.

    The "POV" thing? Might just be artistic license to show a full room.

    Thoughts on other freakangels not noticing the conflict?

    A: Maybe we're not in "realtime."

    B: We do know that freakangels can "screen" things - and Luke's the one who did so.
    • CommentAuthorsilentruth
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2009
    WHERE'S EVERYONE ELSE?! there's no way they don't know what's happening.. they should be connected, especially at a time like this. UGH
    • CommentAuthorDee_Noir
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2009
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Someone is about to try and burn Kait to death. Look at the empty gas cans and the ominously placed rusting oven in p.6 panel 2. The fisheye lens is a symbol of being watched, being observed, taken from a traditional filmic vocabulary. Someone is about to try and kill her, she's been led into a trap.
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    I find it hard to believe (contrary to his own opinion), that Luke is powerful enough to "screen" both himself and Kirk, whilst using his powers against Kirk in the fight. I still expect others to notice in the next episode, if not just show up.
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2009
    I think we're expecting more of their telepathy than might be fair. Like any of their other powers, they need to concentrate ( even if just a little ) to use them - and even then they only share what they want to share. Unless they're hung over maybe.

    Kirk is a little preoccupied for a few minutes, I'd imagine, with his wounds. Luke sure as shit stinks won't call. Kait never does, because she's Kait.

    And right now a whopper of a storm is pounding down on Whitechapel, so I imagine soon we'll see just how busy the rest of the Freakangels are. After all, Jack has his boat to think about, and KK has her...flying thingy to look after as well. Karl has his garden to think about ( up in the air on metal poles - that should be fun.. ) and Caz her projects, and so on...with Kirk 'busy' someone is probably making sure the tower doesn't fall over. I doubt Alice wants to be up there.

    I guess I'm what I'm saying is they probably have more immediate concerns or distractions, and naturally assume everyone else does too. If someone tries to call Kirk, that's a different story.

    ( Also, seeing Kirk/Luke shooting each other repeatedly without psychic ill effects or repercussions, I'm guessing it's safe to say there's nothing 'automatic' about it. Extending that, if one dies, it stands to reason the rest won't suffer any sort of effect unless they're actively connected - and even that might not be more traumatic than having a television you're watching turned off. Why would it be? )