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  1.  (6989.81)
    @AngelCleo - I looked closer at the shadow, as if it was a photo only to be reminded that it's not reality therefor not a photo.

    I did exactly the same thing. I even caught myself thinking "If I pull that into photoshop I can mess with the levels to pull out more detail..." :)
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
    @Purple Wyrm...that's the exact same idea I was cooking up. I lifted my netbook up close to my face and twisted it in my hand and thought about pulling it up on Photoshop (cause I do it like second nature now). I stopped myself after a moment and felt foolish for forgetting that it's not a photo at all. I have a habit of reading and seeing everything in my head and slipping out of reality, but that's the first time something fictional kind of slipped into my reality and I had to remind myself that it wasn't actual.

    Half of the enjoyment of waiting for Friday is seeing the breathtaking artwork.
    I kinda hope Mark looks hot, I know I ought to be concerned if he's really behind Kait and really about to do something really horrible to her, but when Alice said he looked like Connor, I wonder if he actually looks like Connor.
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
    Fuck! this strip both amazes and aggravates me to no end. There is nothing like this anywhere right now, not on the web or in the comic stores. The level of drama and intimacy packed into these few short pages a week is remarkable, and the sense of dread and despair in the cliffhangers really works to keep the reader an active participant in this great experiment. So now I guess I'll look next weekend and see an interlude week just to ratchet up the frustration a tad. Just brilliant work guys.
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
    heh...think Kait's gonna die? I said from the beginning that I wanted to see her go out...not because I don't like her, but because something about her personality demands it....

    wow, what a week. so much family husband's ex, the mother of my step daughters, is moving off to the other side of the country again because her current living conditions are kinda she broke up with her boyfriend, and high tailed it to our house until next tuesday when her plane is scheduled. The kids are estatic, and to tell the truth, it's a hell of alot more relaxing having her here than my father (who frequently crazily, old manedly, crashes with me on occasion)...what's awesome about all this is, my step kid's mom, needs quick cash, so she's selling us her big screen tv and ps3 for two hundred bucks now, and four hundred in jan (in return for letting her stay here for the week). awesome.
    Oh, and I'm MY GOD-ing about the new microsoft Natal project. Have you people seen this shit? virtual reality is here....all we need are the goggles.
  2.  (6989.85)
    Mister Hex: that's not really how shotguns work.

    So who keeps a shotgun on a watchtower?
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009 edited
    @government spy

    The shotgun is Alice's, and apparently that's where she keeps it now.

    She brought it up the tower with her soon after ... she spends a lot of her time up there in the watchtower (it's her job to be up there) and I suppose she doesn't want to be entirely unarmed ... the FAs have their powers for self-defense, but she doesn't .. it makes more sense for her to have it with her there than for her to leave it at home, I guess.

    Although several people have had handguns, and even a military-surplus mortar once, not to mention the stream-driven home-made Gatling flechette gun (which is the "big gun" she referred to over the radio this episode), no-one has ever mentioned there being a rifle.
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
    god what is it with people and the shotgun

    One, I wouldn't call it a choice. It's not a Hollywood movie. It's England, which doesn't allow guns. They don't even allow combat knives. Are you familiar with the phrase "beggars can't be choosers"? That. Hell, I don't think anyone would want a two-shot farmer's shotgun if they could choose from an arsenal. Things being as they are, though, keeping location (and the end of the fucking world) in mind, it makes sense that guns are in a limited supply.

    Two, only an idiot would try using the shotgun over a long range to take people down from afar. Even if it's loaded up with slugs, it's still not a weapon designed for that purpose. However, slugs or buckshot, it'd be a great self-defense weapon should someone unfriendly try and climb up the ladder. It shouldn't take more than one shell to take someone down when they're that close up. Any smart person would prefer a sniper or automatic rifle, but the "beggars" phrase applies here, too.

    Three, there actually was a rifle in some nice artwork depicting Kaitlyn in front of her arsenal. It was a Dragunov SVD slung across her back, if I'm not mistaken. Now THAT would be an excellent choice for a weapon on the tower.


    One thing I love about this series, with it being a part of my trade and an area of interest, is the attention to detail when it comes to the firearms. I had little difficulty naming most of them on sight. Excellent job on all of them so far.
  3.  (6989.88)
    @Foley - Things being as they are, though, keeping location (and the end of the fucking world) in mind, it makes sense that guns are in a limited supply

    The same applies to ammunition which - as Jack comments in Book Two - they don't make any more. You may have the best rifle in the world but without bullets of the right calibre it's nothing but a fairly unwieldy club.
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2009
    Hello Kaitlynn, I'm... The Architect.

    More like The MARKitect! Bring it, Mark.
  4.  (6989.90)
    The shotgun is Alice's, and apparently that's where she keeps it now.

    There you go.
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2009
    So that leaves us with Alice abandoning the lookout tower, if she intends to do something with that shotgun. Wise move? Would Mark come alone?
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2009
    I'm going with the idea that the reflection in the sword was seen by Kait before the greeting from behind, so she's not as surprised as you might think. Page six, first frame she's pulling and looking at the sword, second frame she's exposed the blade and is looking at the reflection, third frame, we see by her angle of vision that she's watching/reacting to the reflection already before the greeting (wouldn't it have been cool to have seen a distorted reflection of the view in the sword on her eyeball in that frame!!? I looked for it. Nothing would surprise me in that great artwork). I believe that, given equal skills and armament (skills we don't know, swords I don't know, the one she has looks shorter/heavier, they have the reach, she can beat it aside easier, but what do I know about sword fighting), she would have the advantage, because the person behind her (note I said person--everyone assumes a guy here on the list, but you can't tell from the reflection, although Kait could, and she heard the voice) will be assuming surprise, but Kait saw them already in the reflection, so the surprise is lost--Kait's speed of reaction then will give her the surprise advantage. When I first saw the third frame I read it as surprise, but it didn't read quite right. I don't think it's surprise, I think it's fight or flight driven single mindedness. She's already in the zone, while the assailant is caught up in their pleasure at surprising/freaking her out. I think that they're in trouble now, because Kait's has already popped the top on a can of whup-ass! Also on the theme of WHO THE F**K IS IT!!!! I believe it's a guy and someone known to her and a Freakangel. Of the Freakangel's it's most likely Mark. BUT!!! She's prominent. Any stalker could have know her name. (Although granted, unlikely a non-freakangel could have gotten sneaky enough to get that close before she knew). We don't know if the Freakangels know that they are all the Freakangels. We don't know what caused them. We don't know what they caused/are so guilty over other than some apocalyptic ending--but how? Warren's got a lot of directions he could go from here. He's barely touch the surface of the dew on the surface of the possibilities--his finger's aren't even damp yet. He's talked about being inspired by the Midwich Cuckoos although we don't know if Freakangels are actually children of aliens. In that story there were multiple groups of children, but all groups had died/been killed early except one. What if there's one or more whole groups, or survivors from other groups? What if they're pissed off at the Freakangels? I wish I knew if he has it all plotted out to the end. I've looked on the web and there's not a lot about his process, but a lot about his motivation for various pieces.

    If anyone's in San Francisco this Saturday it's Litquake right now and the famous pub crawl is on Saturday. I'm volunteering and will be in Clarion Alley doing crowd control. Come by and say hi. Look for the 6' guy with the Patrick namebadge--sign up for the open mike (theme is Dirty in the Alley and sign up is between 6 and 7). Also, it's a pub crawl+readings from great writers and others. I don't have to explain the concept to people from England, but people in America sometimes confuse pub-crawl with bar-hop. Not the same. Better/less desperate/more friendly people at a pub crawl.
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2009
    Maybe it's Kait from the future, trying to stop her own abhorrent existence.

    Doubtful, but til the next ep we don't know.

    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2009
    So that leaves us with Alice abandoning the lookout tower, if she intends to do something with that shotgun. Wise move? Would Mark come alone?

    Not all that wise, but Alice has always been pretty independent. That said, she's not taking out after Mark, she's going after Luke.
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2009
    Then again, maybe we're all judging Alice too quickly?

    She knows that Luke is out there, but that doesn't mean she's going out there to hunt him down. She also saw the wreck of KK's bike-o-copter - she might be going to see if she can help her, and taking the shotgun with because after the apocalypse it's sort of stupid to be a fair young lady out and about and alone without one.
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    I can't believe so many people think that Alice is getting in over her head here. My view of Alice has always been that of a very capable person. Let's not forget that she ran with gun runners before coming to white chapel, and the only reason she got herself in trouble in the beginning is that she wanted to be noticed. We've also seen the Freak Angels be caught off guard enough times to know that they aren't omniscient with the possible exception being Arkady. I for one think that she ends Luke and that causes a rift in the Freak Angels because they've always been the ones to take care of their own, and Alice killing Luke might be a violation of their rules.

    I just know that alice is the last person I'd want stalking me through back alleys with a shotgun.
  6.  (6989.97)
    Awesome episode. I literally saying "Oh fuck oh fuck oh fuck" to myself all day when I first read it.

    The more I think about it, the more I convince myself that Connor is the killer. The shadow does look somewhat like him. I mean, we haven't seen the guy in quite some time, the other Angels pretty much ignore him because he doesn't do much as far as they are concerned.

    For all we know, he's been practicing with his powers as much as Arkady has. He could be really dangerous.

    Or maybe I'm just getting paranoid from all the twists lately.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2009
    Arkady saves KK. Kait saves herself. SHIELDS UP! And they all lived happily ever after. Kait does not get killed. Maybe hurt a bit. [IhopeIhopeIhopeIhope] Miki fixes her or she fucking DOES IT HERSELF.

    I honestly hope it's Mark.

    Buckle up for '73 to '96.
    • CommentAuthorElddaw
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2009
    I think its connor aswell and I think he can teleport so it was him in manchester not mark and mark is actualy dead like kirk and karl think. if not connor definatly lnows something he isnt letting on
    I know it not relivant to this thread but none of the tattoo threads work anymore and I wanted to know what people think

    my freakangels logo tattoo
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2009
    @fmhswrestler08 Alice may be tough in a drowned world that can barely recognize civilization, but the first time she went up against a FreakAngel she got a can of gasoline dropped on her head, and that proved to be one of the gentler attacks the FreakAngels employ. the second time she tried something her mind was more directly attacked. Any 'Angel outclasses any tough chick with a shotgun, even Alice.

    Plus if she is leaving the tower, and it looks like she is, she's abandoning her post & accepted obligations.