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    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2010
    It's Friday, it's FREAKANGELS, with a little bit of aw and some added ohfuck and also kaboom.

    Which actually sounds quite a bit like my week, come to think of it. How was yours, Whitechapel?
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    Bang! Talk about famous last words!

    "The road to hell is paved with good intentions. "
    • CommentAuthorUrbanAngel
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2010
    Aww Arkady was cute back then! I loved the drawings, so refreshing to see green fields and to see everyone lazing around on a summer's day. Mark used to have good intentions then, so what went wrong? Did the power go to his head? Did something horrible happen to him?

    My week was ok. Got some of my bonus for 2009 so going to celebrate in Le Bouchon Bréton tonight (fancy French restaurant) in Old Spitalfield Market, Whitechapel (or close by). Very excited!
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    A week of fun and games here in Perth where we had the biggest storm in 50 years. The suburb where I live just had a lot of rain, but the street where I work was absolutely scoured by gigantic hail. Barely a leaf left on the trees, smashed windows everywhere, cars totally written off, and my office building lost part of its roof and had the ground floor flooded out. Sadly our office was completely untouched - I could have done with some time off work.

    As for the episode - Wow, completely wonderful and unexpected. Thank you all.

    Observations: Arkaday (and one presumes Sirkka) has naturally black hair. Connor's all chubby and already on his bran and oat milk diet. Mark just wants to help people. How times change.

    Now, who's walking out of that building alive?
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2010
    Oh Mark. What happened, man?

    I loved this one. Pastoral birthday musings and the end of something make for a nice contrast.
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2010
    Afternoon, Ariana. This week was heaps better, thanks! More aw and less ohfuck

    Lovely episode.

    Love how the line becomes very straightforward when you're 14 - kudos to Paul again.

    So now Sirkka hates Jack - he kept a gun in her house and used it to kill Luke. Wonder what the ramifications of that are?

    Unexpectedly touching send-off for Mark - and he still might not be dead...
    • CommentAuthorthud
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2010 edited
    0091 has a refreshing feel to it, like 'what if' optimism for then and the future.
    Too bad things have changed. Page 5 contains Mark's 'plans for everyone' in a nutshell. Even trying to do that much was wrong with the best intentions, but explains everything. He just went too far.
    Yet another cliffhanger! Why am I not surprised?

    Good job on the exploding walls. This is heavy impact, even more so from the previous pages, lulling us into calm then the brutal forces splashing bricks. Excellent.

    EDIT: Is anybody else thinking that 14 year old Mark might already be controlling things for himself, but just enough so that nobody notices ?
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2010
    Aww, they will, Connor - they really will. Even though you don't get nearly enough screen time *coff coff* XD
    • CommentAuthorarf
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2010
    The exploding walls go well with the 20cm hailstones that have been using Australian cities for target practice!

    Nice touch. It serves to remind the viewer that, whatever's going down inside said walls, these folk grew up together.
    • CommentAuthorAlienist
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2010
    My week was badly executed! I just couldn't get a footing. Here's to a better next week!

    Nice episode, you really feel for these kids who ended the world as we know it. Sure they also ended themselves but they were chased before that, so what happened...

    And emsie? I think the answer's in the fart. So potent even Warren and Paul need to keep their distance!
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2010
    Aww, they will, Connor
    I told him the exact same thing this morning before I posted. Your name may have come up, in fact.
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2010
    There is a red patch on my gob caused by repeated smacking, and every week it gets bigger and redder. If the occurrence persists, I fear it may become permanent, and at this rate that's looking more and more likely. I don't mean to be a Whingy Willie, but I'm thinkin' if I ever lose my hair, I'll be a ringer for Gorbachev, and that's funny 'cause the wall sure came down this week, eh?

    Anyhow, keep on smackin' (and pass the first aid kit)!

    Pointlessly yours, etc.
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2010
    @taphead: what happened was that idealists make for great dictators once disappointed. :)

    A very good episode – the idyllic simplicity of being 14 and then the exploding brick house had some oomph.

    As for my week, it was pretty great. Exams done for now, a new love in my life, and now I'm going to Hamburg to visit some friends. Yeah! Who cares if it's raining?
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    Proof that Mark and Arkady were beautiful at any age, and the first to mature.

    Don't think it was an accident that the others are coming to Mark, rather than he to them. He may be an outcast now, but everything about teen Mark still screams leader to me.

    Teen Connor makes me laugh.

    Good work on making us anticipate the Jack/Sirkka fallout. The big question is will she prosecute or defend him?
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2010
    And change the world they did....

    Soooo kewt all them :oO
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    Anyone reckon Arkady's boyfriend with the motorbike is linked to her overdose a year and a bit after this charming little scene?
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    This is my favorite birthday present today. Thank you all for a wonderful episode!
    • CommentAuthorarvandor
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2010 edited
    Fantastic. The contrast with the serene flashback and exploding walls works perfectly. Teen Mark is just such a magnetic personality. And it's just such a wonderfully subtle hint at his megalomania.

    And again, I'm left aching with a NEED to know what happens next. It's an almost physical ache.
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2010
    I really liked this flashback they managed to capture and make real that young teenage feel. It made me think of all those times me and some friends would be out in some field somewhere waiting for someone to show up with some green plant clippings and cheap beer and talking about changing th world and all that stuff that we didnt have a clue about and they did that with only 4 fatastic pages.Then page 6 came up and I wanted to slam my head off the table because I have to wait another week sonofabitch
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2010
    If that's "fat" Connor, I'm a beluga whale.

    That said, Paul did a great job on the gangly, awkward style of being 14. All arms and legs.

    Content-wise: Damn you, Ellis! Daaaaaaamn yooooou!

    Week was pretty much like every other week. Except it started out 60F and sunny and ended 27F and rainy/snowy. Pick a season, weather.