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    I wonder how their classmates regarded them. Probably with a fair bit of suspicion. If I'd been their age, I'd have either stayed well clear of them, or befriended them.

    I wasn't very high in the social hierarchy, but I know a djinn when I see one.
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    Oh, and the writing is top notch on this, Warren. The first person shift in perspective has the nice touch of changing the relationship between you and the reader. I felt basically grabbed by the cerebral cortex; which is what I imagine it must feel like to be near Luke, at this particular moment in the story.
    • CommentAuthorMrMonk
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2010
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    My turn.

    From the front:
    Connor, Kait
    Caz, Mark, Arkady
    Jack, Miki, Kirk
    Sirkka, Luke, KK
    Karl

    I've hardly slept for 10 days, and today it hit me hard.
    I still have to go in to work, to make my hours.
    • CommentAuthorZJVavrek
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2010
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    See, when it was talking about how KK was a horrible girl who made a steam helicopter that made a horrible noise, I instantly thought of it as Warren's voice, talking in a jovial cynicism about his own characters.

    Then I get to the very end and it's "Ohh! Luke!"
    • CommentAuthorDan Kelly
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2010
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    That was great - Loved how the narration turned out to be Luke - although an omniscient Luke is a scary thought.

    On another tack according to his twitter D'Isreali has just finished his first readthrough of Freakangels and enjoyed!
    • CommentAuthorIndigo Rose
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2010 edited
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    Lovely.

    Front : Connor, Kait
    Second : Caz, Karl, Arkady
    Third : Mark, Miki, Kirk (who had glasses at the beginning of four)
    Fourth : Sirkka, Luke, KK
    Fifth ... by himself, staring at Sirkka : Jack

    Edit: Kirk and Karl are generally the tricky ones to tell apart. Also, I think it's funny that the package bleached out Caz, the darkest of them by nature, but everyone else retained dark hair with their extra pale skin.
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      CommentAuthorNoogies
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2010
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    Ha ha ha that was the best recap EVER!!! I love Luke :D He´s a clever and a handsome man. He he he
    • CommentAuthorarvandor
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2010
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    A clever and handsome man who sometimes quite justifiably loses his temper.

    Ha. Love it.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2010
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    Sir?

    You're forgiven for being a jerk earlier, sir.
    • CommentAuthorDatDude
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2010
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    These people need a shrink and enough kryptionite to spank bad freakangels with. Yes yes I know . . .
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      CommentAuthorpinoles
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2010
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    i second @mrmonk's lineup.

    i'm interested in how luke knows what's on connor's mind, in fact all the things going on - either no one's screening themselves or yeah, luke just picked up a little more prescience after coming back. also like the foreshadowy speech about arkady (luke actually admitted someone was ever sharper than he was?)

    mr. duffield, in addition to the lovely bit with the foot prodding mark (didn't even notice!), the perspectives of the FAs in the hospital are simply brilliant. i could stare at them (and reconstruct the room in my mind) for hours. thank you!
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      CommentAuthordddrum
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2010 edited
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    Welp, as per draxxx's suggestion, here's that panel, prepped for worldwide twitpiccing... subject, of course, to the approval of Messrs. E. and D.

    O'course, the FA artistic team can probably do a crisper job, but hey, I just wanted to see what it would look like.

    [Well, not like much, apparently. Jus' a broken pic frame. *snif*

    Here's the link, if maybe that can work. (I swear technology hates my guts!)]

    {And huzzah, calooh and callay (coincidentally also the names of Avatar's attorneys)!!! It works! [insert yawn here]}

    YIKES! Wait! For the love of hummus, STOP. I have removed the pic because I realized it's a BAD IDEA. What, get more readers involved in reading an excellent webcomic by revealing its biggest surprise twist to date? Suuuure, and then we can hang around outside Citizen Kane giving away little replica sleds!

    Sheesh. Anyway, I'm glad I caught myself. A thousand pardons, Warren.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2010
     (8271.53)
    Oh dear. It looks like they do get stronger in the package when they die. As in: death kinda aches but lookit the pretty colors! yoy.

    Lovelovelove the narrative, Warren. Just loved it. Loved how it started somewhat distant and factual, a third person narrative calmly, inexorably working from the general setting ("oh man") to the emergency of this very moment ("holy fucking shitballs!!!"). It's like we get the omniscient third person infodump that Luke got in re...awakening? resurrection? The narrative tells us that Luke is telling himself this same story in the first person, we can doubt the narrative, I suppose. But if one takes it at face value then Luke just learned some things that aren't entirely communal knowledge among the 'Angels. By simply dying and then coming back to life.

    !!!!!!!!!!!


    It's chilly here. It really shouldn't be. But if the law of festival attendance holds then tomorrow it'll be fucking hot. As you know, it's always cold and cloudy during the week and then the day you plan to spend at a fair or carnival or suchlike ends up being the hottest day of the year. Going to RenFaire tomorrow.
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    Gawd, this was a nice bringing new readers up to speed segment that also had some displays of the Warren Ellis acerbic wit (TM).

    Otherwise, this week has been one of wondering why personal cloning, magic, or time travel is not available at the present time. Too many obligations, too little money, and the prospect of previewing an 8 1/2 hour documentary epic loom before me.
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      CommentAuthorGekko
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2010
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    I am of course fucking flabbergasted, yet not ALL questions are answered to the fuckwit-me. (it seems you don't use the word fuck any longer, I do hope it's not my fucking fault otherwise I fucking oughta apologise)

    The weather is absolutely gorgeous here, there's a warm sun which forces us to stay late outside cafés to drink glasses of chilled rosé.
    I've just received my where's my fucking coffee mug and my fuckable zombie tshirt (soon a picture in SPIT) I am grateful to you Ariana, since this tshirt will attract the attention I'm craving for.
    Wish you a much better weather you deserve it all at Whitechapel.
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      CommentAuthoroverand
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2010
     (8271.56)
    So, I'm *just* starting to see that in some ways, Luke might be Warren Ellis's 'personal' character - now, don't get me wrong; Luke is capable of a number of sorts of horror and moral awfulness that I wouldn't expect from even the most Vodka & Red Bull fueled Ellis, but I feel like a lot of that vitriol and cynicism that we all know and love Mr. Ellis for gets channeled through Luke's voice.

    (P.S. - Psychotic fanboys? Mr. Ellis is *not* a freakangel - do not attempt to verify his immortality or special powers. AFAIK, his self-pickling preservation project is not yet complete anyway).
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    Now that is how to write a re-cap. Damn if that didn't just make me actually like Luke a bit more, rotten git that he is. Now I know how those girl's he was 'teaching' at the very beginning of Volume I must've felt with his voice winding its way inside their minds.

    As always, the Art was perfect and the look on Luke's face in the last panel just said it all.
    This made my day better.
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    @overand

    Wouldn't Connor be closer to the author's personal character? He's a Goth; he thinks too much; he's very unhappy with his physical appearance; he believes in JUSTICE and he'll go the extra mile to help people; he communicates through his writing; he maintains a cool head even while he's being attacked; he needs his time alone...

    Dream therapy teaches that we are represented by every person in the dream. For writers, that means every character is a part of the author. That's why you'll see writers (especially the good ones) soak up as much information as they can like a sponge, to recharge the well. I imagine a lot of research into sociopathology goes into the creation of Luke. And I imagine studies of megalomania go into Mark...

    EDIT TO ADD: Ariana can stop me if she thinks this will become too wanky: which FREAKANGEL are you? I'm a Kirk. BIG TIME.
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    I should say more but simply put I love these pages. Really. Sexually.

    Off to pub garden coversationalize.
    • CommentAuthorD-
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2010
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    hello. BRILLIANT episode.
    The winter is here, not officially but i can feel it and it's good.