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    • CommentAuthorSilhouette
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009
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    My crush on Connor deepened. Aww, love the fishnets.

    I agree with whomever said they looked softer, and younger too.

    Karl I believe in one panel has his signature sunglasses on, so that's why I could differentiate between Kurt and Karl but it took me a moment hehe. I wonder if after they kill Mark if the group split, because I assume that's after they caused the catastrophe. I could be mistaken though, it's been a while since I read the beginning.
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      CommentAuthorWaxPoetic
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009
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    @sai and Berserker - I'd kind of figured that was Miki curled up in the perma-sulk position, and yeah, I'd thought it was Arkady with the hair on the boxes as well.

    hmmm...

    okay, i've thought exactly enough about this until it becomes a major plot point.
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      CommentAuthormichaelk42
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009
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    Well, of course Mark is beautiful. He's their Lucifer of sorts.
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      CommentAuthorphorgan1
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009
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    You know that just before we're about to find out how the world ended in this flashback he's gonna switch back to future time--or maybe even another flashback to an intermediate time--like when Arkady got so weird, or when Mark got busted. In the meantime, KK's laying on the roof broken into pieces frozen in a moment of time in agony waiting for us to get back to her so she can start healing. Kait's about to attack. Oh well, all time is one anyway, I don't care what order he tells it in and you know it's going to be the most frustrating possible! I love it:)
    • CommentAuthorcjtremlett
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009
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    Wonderful timing! I knew we'd eventually get flashback explanations eventually, and this is the perfect way to draw out the cliffhanger even further. Sadistic, brilliant bastards that you are.

    I'm wondering what the ordinary folks in the area were told about the helicopters and troops and all. And why exactly the government was so emphatic about capturing/killing the Freakangels.

    And sometimes I wonder if Mark isn't as much of a monster as we think he is. We've only got the FAs perspective to go by, after all. Is he really a guy who, once he had the opportunity, decided to use his powers to run his world his way? Or is there more to the story than that? I'm thinking there's more to it, which doesn't mean Mark's not a bad guy, but is likely to mean that he's a much more complex baddie than descriptions have made him out to be.

    And he's hot, too. Then again, when Luke's not frowning and his hair isn't stuck back like that, he's not bad either.
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      CommentAuthorHUSH
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009 edited
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    The more Ellis breaks this thing open the better it gets. I loved the flashback and hope it continues, for a little while at least. It’s not like Freakangels is going anywhere (that is my hope anyways, not a fact), so Ellis might as well take his time and do this thing up proper.
    • CommentAuthorrazor
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009
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    aaah, fuck, seven days, again. (sorry)
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009
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    The last flashback was only one episode, or even a few pages. Warren wouldn't keep us in the past for WEEKS before he went "And Now, Back To KK Hanging Off A Fucking Roof, Luke On The Fucking Run, Alice On The Fucking Warpath and Mister Hex's Favorite Fucking Character About To Get Killed By The Fucking Mystery Villain."

    ... Would he? (Of course he would.) Will he? Hope not. Till then, counting the fucking minutes. Fuck-Eight-Thousand-Times.
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      CommentAuthorMrSmite
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009
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    The bogeyman of Whitechapel wore a track suit...
    Maybe FreakAngels as a whole is a metaphor story for how pretentious hipsters will turn everyone into mindless zombie slaves.

    The first appearance of Mark is very nice, gives some of us a bit more perspective on the guy. Makes me feel like the guy is really toying with them in the present, and enjoying it. And don't worry about Kait. She'll lose an arm or an eye and come back as a badass revenge-monger. Really. Yeah. She can't get killed off, she's on a T-shirt, dammit!
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      CommentAuthorPPJJ
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009
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    Finally, a glimpse at Mark.

    Anyway, still trying to figure out what to be for Halloween. Got less then a week to think it over.
    Since this weekend is a full of B-day bashes for friends and a monster movie marathon tonight, I am going to have to do some serious drinking before I get it figured out. Sorry, Liver.
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      CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009
     (7062.51)
    After looking through the past flashback in Volume 2, and studying it and this new part both for a few minutes, I'm realizing that at the point where Mark and KK return, there seem to be two FreakAngels still missing, and I'm just not sure now if that's Kait or Miki on the left hand side.

    ( I'm assuming that if it was Sirkka she'd have wavy hair, and be near Jack... )

    So it seems that either Sirrka and Kait, or Sirrka and Miki, have yet to meet up with the rest of them in this scene. Which opens up a possible reason for the rest of them to reach the decision to use their powers in unison - at least beyond the reasons they have already.
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    Beatiful work as always, Paul.

    Warren, I don't know whether to show elation because of the introduction of Mark or devastation because of the delay in the cliffhanger resolution.
    • CommentAuthorQuixotess
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009
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    In that first flashback, in the first book, Sirkka said she hoped "KK and Mark" would hurry up. Now the two are juxtaposed again. I wonder if they were especially close or even an item? That would help explain why we're so continually informed that KK is the main character.

    Looove seeing Mark.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009
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    That would help explain why we're so continually informed that KK is the main character.
    I wouldn't say "the main" character. I'm not sure this analogy is altogether appropriate, but that's a bit like saying Samuel L. Jackson is "the main" character in Pulp Fiction. Freakangels is an ensemble, so characters rotate in and out of focus as appropriate. Sure, some characters are more bad motherfuckers than the others, but that doesn't mean they're (necessarily) any more important.
    • CommentAuthorQuixotess
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009
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    Well, I haven't seen Pulp Fiction--but I would still argue that even in an ensemble cast there will often be a main character--usually the one who is positioned at the front of all the posters. If you've seen The Wire, McNulty would be an example. KK is the character we opened with, she's been told by other characters that her opinion will sway the others, she was the first respondent to Kirk's cry for help, she was positioned as the other side in the debate about Sirkka's "rape care," she's unique in regularly interacting with most of the Freakangels, she's on the T-shirts, and she's on the covers of books one and two (only sharing her spot in one of the four covers she appears on.) I could probably find more if I went through the archives carefully. I see her being marketed & informed as the main character (although admittedly that's been established more through merchandise and other characters talking about her influence than stuff we've actually seen her do.)

    There might be some terminology for the character in an ensemble cast who isn't actually more important than the others, but is the one used most prominently for marketing--that's close to what I'm going for. But we're also informed in various ways that KK is a leader to the other characters.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009 edited
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    Oh gracious! Connor...mmhhh. Just something about scrawny white goth boys.... Of course in real life we never get along, but oh I do enjoy looking at them!

    Ah, Mark, we finally meet. Heard so much about you. Going to punch something that isn't the military hmm. Polar icecaps, mayhap? And what after that?

    Thank you for the flash back. I really love the sidelong glimpses of what made the Angels and who they came to be. Good, good stuff.

    There are lines around the characters, especially on page 4. It's very trippy and I wonder if that's on purpose. KK and Mark look like they have echoes of themselves tracing them.

    Long exhausting day for me with potentially good news arriving. Won't know for a few days and in the meantime have to keep begging the universe for a mineral. Can't pay a one of my bills at this point.


    Adding this because it would look dumb to add two comments back to back, even they're not precisely on the same subject. Anyway forgive me if this is unwelcome, I hope it's not too out of line because I just found this, it's late and it's blowing my mind. I'm a considerable Maynard James Keenan fan, love all the Tool & A Perfect Cicle stuff but the only Puscifer stuff I have is from a soundtrack - the super erotic "Rev 22:20." For whatever reason it didn't occur to me to look for more Puscifer stuff until now and that's how I stumbled on "Indigo Children" The video is not official but instantly made me think of Arkady and possibly what one of her psychonaut adventures might look like. Then I went and looked up the lyrics and the meaning behind the phrase indigo children.



    wine, song, food and fire
    clothe, shelter and seed
    no more need for the old empire(fare thee well to the empire)
    the indigo children


    There, now you can have your mind blown too. Don't know if Warren was specifically thinking indigo children with the 'Angels (on looking it up I immediately thought of Childhood's End so the idea's been around a while, likely even before the 20th century), but still. damn.
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    KK is the character we opened with, she's been told by other characters that her opinion will sway the others, she was the first respondent to Kirk's cry for help, she was positioned as the other side in the debate about Sirkka's "rape care," she's unique in regularly interacting with most of the Freakangels, she's on the T-shirts, and she's on the covers of books one and two (only sharing her spot in one of the four covers she appears on.)


    ...she has the bike.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2009
     (7062.58)
    Not anymore.
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      CommentAuthorpinoles
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2009
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    > She can't get killed off, she's on a T-shirt, dammit!

    makes me *totally* wish i were on a t-shirt somewhere, but then i guess that would also mean someone like mr. ellis would be writing my story, in which case i'd probably be waking up somewhere naked, with mice up my ass.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2009
     (7062.60)
    @ pinoles

    No, not mice, eels. That's why we call them "arse-eels."