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    This isn't a sequel.

  2.  (7208.62)
    Did I say that it was Warren?

    I was pointing out that the escape and maturation to teenage years of the Freak Angels would have required SOME sort of drastic action given that the parents in Midwich Cuckoos conspired to kill them along with themselves.

    I realise yours is a 'what if' re-imagining.
  3.  (7208.63)
    Did I say that it was Warren?

    You seem to think so:

    Read John Wyndhams Midwitch Cuckoos. These are alien kids and the parents likely got the ticket to ride straight to the graveyard, which is seemingly the premise of the Freak Angels comics.
  4.  (7208.64)
    It appears we have a failure of communication here. That comment was aimed at the idea that if the bomb had not gone off, the parents would have been 'dealt with' by the cuckoos.

    That is not a sequel, it is a re-imagining. Which, by the way, is fucking ace and is my friday treat *I grind my teeth on skip weeks, but the shits free so musn't grumble).

    So clear it up for me if you will be so kind, is this 'what would happen if the midwitch cuckoos had survived' or is it simply your own creation that riffs off of Wyndhams original creation of these children?
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2009
    How long's the flashback going to last? A few more episodes at least, I hope and trust. And trust and hope.
    • CommentAuthorAndrewT
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2009 edited
    The Day of the Triffids and The Midwich Cuckoos were two of my favourite books from when I was a boy, admittedly a long time ago. I would like to know where FA turns away from The Midwich Cuckoos - obviously, before the bomb-in-a-bag and, it would appear, before the Children turned evil, say before they killed the car driver. The names of the Children have changed, of course, including ethnic origins - the original book was VERY English middle class. I'm looking forward to finding out if some of the other details of the original story will make an appearance in FA - the other colonies, for example.

    As for films, somebody mentioned the 1960s film as being inferior to the 1995 version. I beg to differ - a lot. Moving Midwich to the US, incorporating graphic violence and rewriting whole chunks of it - including the ending - does not make it better. Anyway, I've a soft spot for early British sci-fi - anyone seen Quatermass and the Pit? Classic.
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    I think intentionally or not, the guts of FA have more in common with the Chrysalids (and even then similarities aren't huge) than Wyndham's other work.

    I guess the comparisons are inevitable because of the way you talked about the project before release. I think the "what happened if the Midwich Cuckoos grew up" concept wormed its way into the way people who've been here from the beginning think about Freakangels, if only unconsciously. I've certainly played up to it with the visuals.
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2009
    There is also the possibility that God has something to do with what created the powers of the FAs. Well, why not? There are twelve of them after all. And I don't mean any conventional kind of Jehovah, think of the God that dishes out a killer voice to the hero in "Preacher" and is some kind of celestial burn - out who can't control his own seraphim.

  6.  (7208.69)
    I'm a big Wyndham fan because the guy had such a brilliantly British perspective of sci-fi. I think this something Warren really taps into with this title.

    As someone who lives in central London I also love the fact that the city plays such an integral part in the story and the aesthetic.

    Out there theory: A bunch of former government scientist guys, and whats left of the British military, have Mark hooked up to some to some machine somewhere and are manipulating his abilities to attack the rest of the FAs. Mark is pretty much brain-dead at this point.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2009
    Out there theory? It was Dr Gargunza. Yes, Dr. Gargunza.
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2009
    So clear it up for me if you will be so kind, is this 'what would happen if the midwitch cuckoos had survived' or is it simply your own creation that riffs off of Wyndhams original creation of these children?

    It's pretty clear to me at least that it's the latter. And really, Freakangels travels much of the same territory as Rising Stars, as well. The starting points are essentially the same (a certain group of people born in the same place at the same time gain "superpowers" and the rest of the world reacts (mostly negatively) to this occurrence). That said, Warren is obviously exploring different territory than The Midwich Cuckoos and Rising Stars and in no way can his work be dismissed as a mere "What If" of those works, or any other.
    • CommentAuthorfrexels
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2009
    I love the character design over the last couple of chapters. I don't really know how to say it, but they look exactly like they act. The tracksuit is weird, considering everyone else's outfits are so awesome.

    KK's hair is adorable.

    Anyone else notice that Jack seems especially upset in the flashback? Everyone else seems uncomfortable or pissed at worst, but Jack looks like someone killed his puppy.
  7.  (7208.73)
    ...but Jack looks like someone killed his puppy.

    Maybe they did? Warren hasn't gotten into the backstory very deeply yet...