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    • CommentAuthorsupergp
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010
    Jerakal: I'm not so sure killing off a Freakangel is as easy as they've made it look. They thought Mark was dead, after all....
    • CommentAuthorJerakal
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010
    Supergp: Indeed, and if Luke gets back up like Mark did, I can imagine he'll be pretty pissed.
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010
    Well, one thing to consider is "are these the only Freakangels in the world?" It's possible that some other group of superchildren has been out there, biding their time and preparing to strike. The only other way the bad guys level stays even is for there to be some kind of Freakangel civil war over what happens right now.
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010
    Karl--my new hero. I wish KK would get more steampunkish(R) attitude like in the first few episodes. (Perhaps the start of that is commented below).

    Page 1 "grab him KK". Did KK transport Luke while Arkady transported KK? Then since Caz was closer Arkady "grabbed" her herself? Or did Arkady transport Luke through KK. What did KK learn from this grabbing? What's the range effect here?
    Page 2 last frame--was that a great translation from nutter to english, or what! I loved that.
    Page 3 - "I'm the best mind of my generation". That's so British, you'd never have an American say that. It makes it wonderfully fun for us Yanks. I wonder did he mean of my generation of FAs? What does THAT mean? Why have none of them gotten preggies btw. Or did he mean of his generation of Brit's, humans? Wonder why megalomaniac mark(TM) didn't just say the best mind of all time?
    Page 4 - it's been said, but WOW! Great WTF surprise. I was so blown away by page 4 that my brain erroneously told me it was the end of the episode and I went off to read whitechapel. Imagine my delight when I flipped back to check someone's comment on art and found two more pages.
    Page 5-Top frame, I think everyone but Mark is looking at Arkady as she reveals the plan mentally. KK looks PISSED OFF!--yet strangely more real and attractive--like she found herself. I still think Kaitlyn could have taken Mark by herself, and predict that she will say that.
    Page 6 - Look at the way all the light's gone out of Mark's eyes. He's not even trying to shield. He's about wetting himself. I predict that Mark will be gone, and no one will talk about it, not even to the FAs that weren't in the room, (like a dysfunctional alcoholic family, eh?), and we'll discuss it for months. Then, much later, maybe in a couple/three volumes, he'll have some affect. Ironic, isn't it, that when they broke the world, Mark told them to join hands, and they would have no idea of the power they'd have together, and now they do the same to break Mark instead of the world. Last frame, with the light out the windows--I like the shapes made up of broken glass and wood--they look like manga cats in negative space.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010
    Congratulations FrkAnglz on making it to 0090 episodes!
    How's everybody?

    Looks like it's springtime here in L.A. b/c I am not wearing thermals underneath anymore.
    Also feeling burnt out again, same as every Friday! Need more coffee and Mt.Dew plz
    • CommentAuthorfod_xp
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010

    That was AWESOME!!!!!! Best part was Mark saying, "I'm sorry" just as Kat, Caz, Arkady, Karl, and KK pop in and do the voodoo they do.
    • CommentAuthorfod_xp
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010
    90 installment of Freakangels, here's to 90 more!

    Couldn't think of a better way to start my weekend, as I hope that I passed my last class to graduate.
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    For those who missed it, "best mind of my generation" is a textual nod to Ginsburg's famous poem HOWL, which starts
    I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by
    madness, starving hysterical naked,
    dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn
    looking for an angry fix,

    Not sure why Mark's the one echoing this sentiment, but eh.
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    Paul, your work is at its best when you get playful with your compositional and perspective skills like this. It’s brilliant and beautiful without being showy or arrogant. You really are something, and I just love watching your work grow every week.
    • CommentAuthorfreakbox
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010
    Page 4 was an orgasm!!!

    @fod_xp That "I'm sorry" was the next best part! I heard it in my head as a little squeak of a breathless chirp... "mommy!" I think he peed a little.

    Can you say clifhanger? I actually feel physical pain in my longing for the next panels. Owwwwww
    • CommentAuthorfreakbox
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010
    I also loved Mark trying to convince Kate that he was stronger than her by asking her to focus on what he was trying to do! Hi-Larious!
    • CommentAuthorthud
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010
    There I was thinking that Mark was a gonner this morning.
    But that was before realizing that the FA's at the scene didn't have to kill him.
    Well, maybe they could vaporize Mark, but why do that when he could just be cleaned out of all those nasty thoughts?
    Maybe he'll just be Good Old Mark from now on, a happy-go-lucky guy, who you just won't be able to count on to do any heavy mathematics. Or maybe they'll just dig up all those rotten roots and leave him like a baby, all innocent and trusting.
    And what appeared to be his sudden end will only be the rough equivalent of a cosmic wedgie ! !

    Plus you KNOW that Alice isn't done with him, so we have that to look forward to ! Oh jeez !

    So many comments about the work and I have to agree. Paul has a style that is consistently amazing, with its Zen-like simplicity that makes it all look way too easy. Wonderful !
      CommentAuthorAdam Lucas
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010
    i hope mark kills them all...that'd be cool. At the least i expect a battle.
    • CommentAuthorfod_xp
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010
    @David Matthew- that actually makes much more sense with your post. I assumed it was Warren being ironic and showing just how fucked up Mark is.

    @ Freakbox- Yeah, I know! It's like Warren and Paul are trying to out-do themselves with each installment. Freakangels is like watching a Quentin Tarantino movie; lots of dialogue and banter between the characters that culminates into some really fucking cool stuff happening!
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2010
    Now that I have had time to read this whole thread and take another look at the episode I am thinking all kinds of thigns about what might be coming next. I think if Arkady is leading the circle then Mark's sanity is certainly in jeapardy. Not that he seems all that well balanced, but I recall Arkady's threat to Luke for just controlling his ex-girlfriend - she gave him an infinitesimal dose of her OD experience and promised the whole thing if she ever caught him doing that again. Thinking of what she might do to Mark's mind and I hear a toilet flush. Now if Karl is leading then Mark is just plain old dead. D-E-D dead.

    The language in this is intriguing me. Not just the "best mind of my generation" because that does seem uttered so unironically that it's confusing (but I am happy to run with the idea that Mark truly believes he is Such Hot Shit), but there are so many Anglicisms the pacing worked out better for me when I read some of the lines aloud in my best fake Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels accent. You don't want to hear it, trust me. I'm not really thinking it "means" anything, only that Warren had a singular amount of fun writing this ep. But I did have to look up "ruck" and I don't know what is meant by "bundle." Usually I can get by on the English-English I've learned from comics and movies, but the quotient of uncommon phrases was unusually high this time.

    And again, thank you. This was a wild, exciting and altogether important part of my day. }:>
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2010
    @ razangel: ruck, bundle, both mean fight as in 'punch up' (or possibly 'foight' if you're still in 'lock, stock etc' mode).
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2010
    and to be specific to the point of pedantry, round my way a bundle was generally a fairly low fi fight for soft kids - the kind where everyone would pile in swinging, but do very little actual harm - which ties in with the contempt in Mark's comment.
    • CommentAuthorfreakbox
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2010
    @ David Matthew I like the reference. I didn't know that poem, and it's a wild read. I'm not sure i get the connection, but then I don't get the poem. Lots of killer imagery and ideas though.

    I like this line to relate to FA:

    who studied Plotinus Poe St. John of the Cross telepathy and bop kabbalah because the cosmos instinctively vibrated at their feet in Kansas,
    who loned it through the streets of Idaho seeking visionary indian angels who were visionary indian angels
    • CommentAuthorNakedCelt
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2010
    A smoothly-executed mindfuck scene. Kudos to Duffield and Ellis both.
    Mark doesn't seem the fearful type to me; he didn't cower and beg when he was shot in the thigh. I think he genuinely believed (a) that he was the most powerful and advanced FreakAngel and (b) that that made him the rightful master both of the 'kAngels and of lesser mortals.
    I say "believed", because he's just been persuaded otherwise. I think he now genuinely regrets his presumption, and not only because he's getting smacked down.
    He now knows the others have powers he's never developed or even thought of. According to his belief system, that makes them his masters. It also means that, had he stayed with them, he could have developed his own abilities in concert with theirs. And, oh boy, with a mindset like his, that's going to be a profound and genuine regret.
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2010
    When was Mark shot in the thigh? Kirk shot Luke in the thigh to keep him distracted (and Luke later returned the favor while escaping).