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    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010
    @bentohara - I'm thinking he didn't have a chance to get his shield up. Most people will instinctively/reflexively raise their hands to block a threat from the front. Very little seems reflexive about the Package for most, if not all, of the FAs.
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010 edited
    @ SilentObjector - I think I have to side with rickiep00h on that. Luke, however else he might have been reprehensible, was still someone he'd known his entire life. I can't imagine doing that and not being sick after. Like I said earlier, Jack did exactly what I would've done.

    @ bentohara - I'd say it was a matter of who was faster on the draw. By the time Luke knew he needed his shield up she'd already shot him. He caught a couple pieces of shot, but that's all.

    [ edit: me and rickiep00h don't share a brain, honest...

    also - @ shining_lion: He was a charming rapist. ]
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010
    @rickiep00h Thanks I believe you're correct now that i think about it.I was just thinking that if he had a greater control of the package than the others believed like when he was pulling the bullets out of his legs,that he might be more aware of whats going on with alice. I think i was just reading to much into it
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    Luke isn't dead

    If Mark can survive a spike in the head, Luke can survive a head shot

    great episode today - thanks!
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    Great episode... tried reading on the train using alleged 3g connection, got to page 4 before it died after Surbiton, spent half an hour trying to load p5 and then gave up until I got home. Very brutal.

    tired, stabby, thwarted and fragile. hope the weekend's peaceful.
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010
    That was fucking awesome. I so wanted Alice to be the one to take that bastard out, and I'm glad she got her chance.

    It's very quiet around the house, other than my cat trying to get at my cereal bowl. Think I might go get a haircut later. Or buy some comics. Right now all my concerns are only doing some Photoshop work and watching for the mailman to bring me a giant box of cookies. Lazy days are fantastic.
    • CommentAuthorMrMonk
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010 edited
    @Stefan - I agree: Luke's not dead. At least, not for long. After seeing twelve figures in Arkady's vision, I'm thinking that there must always be twelve Freakangels. (EDIT: I see that @johnjones got in first with this idea.)

    I've also been playing with the idea that the Package might not originate from within the Freakangels. Rather, it might be the result of something outside of the Freakangels operating through them. Maybe it has an interest in keeping them all alive.

    Does anyone have the feeling that there might be another big reveal in this volume that kicks the story up to yet another level?
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010
    hoooooollllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee fffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck

    i love this comic
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010
    I guess even Freakangels can lie to themselves.

    And I love art/stories that get people to tell themselves "aw yeah if I had been there I totally would have done that ass-kicking thing and kill people and all! Yeah!" Though that love is a bit more sarcastic than the love I harbor for FA in general. Bloody hell, that was three scenes and what, two seconds of action? Yipes! Karl is starting to creep me out, worried for Kait and I, for one, echo Sirkka with "Oh Jack! *sad face*" Because I don't think she was feeling bad about herself vis a vis who Jack had become but what his actions were going to do to his own psyche.

    Because I've seen that in people I know and, to put it utterly un-gracefully, it sucks.

    As for me, I'm getting my ass kicked by a nasty cold that of course has grown in strength in time to anticipate a very busy weekend. I'm severely sleep deprived and several hours behind where I wanted to be today. Hello Friday.
    • CommentAuthorStefan says
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010 edited
    @MrMonk - @johnjones ALWAYS gets there first
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    With the Luke storyline quickly winding down, I just had an exceptionally mean idea about what could be done with the Mark at this point... As much as I'm hoping that he's actually got more ego than skill, what if they decide to just not tell us if Mark wins or not? How long would it take the readers to figure out if Kait's secretly undermining the FreakAngels for Mark? o.o

    I do like the theory that the FreakAngels can't die though. I suppose we'll figure it out pretty quickly though, Luke sure looks dead right now.
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    Wasn't it James Ellroy who said the only purpose of morality in fiction is to show the karmic price that doing bad deeds inflicts on the perpetrators. I know Ellis is a big Ellroy fan and somehow it seems fitting to Freakangels. To Ellroy's way of thinking, if a character never does anything bad, or if it never suffers a price, the story is not true on a moral level. (and if you read Ellroy's work, every character does bad things, and just about every character comes to a terrible end.)

    Luke did bad things, and the creative team is showing his karmic price. The Freakangels have done bad (worse) things, and their karmic price is only beginning...
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010
    It's the beginning of the shitstorm, and soon all hell will bust loose. Good episode. Not so much of a cliffhanger, nicely encapsulated. I'm glad they at least know Mark's back. Looks like Karl's been experimenting with the package in the same way Arkady has. I'll refrain from going there and let each of you make up your own "package experimenting" jokes from this point on. And......begin.
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010
    Luke may be gone with someone else getting his gift? Think symbiotic add on ... That may be the gift walking around as Mark but Mark's been wormfood for ages.
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010
    I didn't say I liked him. I said he was my favourite. He always kept the ball rolling. I always favour the main source of conflict. But since Mark's back, and there's Alice and Jack to add to Kirk and Karl for Kait to deal with, I think I'll be able to move on.
    Also, I don't think he's really dead. Mark died once.
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    i did not see that coming...
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    I totally agree that he's coming back, especially as we've just had an account of Mark returning from a "fatal" headwound and seen Arkady bounce right off the hereafter as well. Or Warren's fucking with us, of course.
      CommentAuthorAdam Lucas
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010
    thanks for killing my favorite character!!

    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010
    I love where all of this is going.

    I think Duffield sets up some of the pages in quarter panels just so I can view them more clearly on my HTC?
    • CommentAuthorfreakbox
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010
    such a sweet episode!

    I really like the discussions about the extent of their powers. I think it is interesting that they really don't know what the others can do. All of them seem to be very private about their powers (poss because of the shame from what they have done). The result is that they all think they are further along then the others.