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    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2010
    I've been up for about 21 hours so far. There is no way I'll get to sleep til at least hour 30. Today is so fucked.
    It is likely that today's issue was really interesting, and full of time skipping, zombies, and immortal electromagnetic brain patterns.
    But it is entirely possible I just imagined the whole thing.

    And now back to this stupid fucking paper I have to write.
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    So, Luke finally catches on. Will he have the guts to repeatedly kill himself to level up? Or was being dead and dumped in a shopfront for the rats just too shit?

    Long weekend here in the west. Will be leading some friends on a cryptic treasure hunt through the city. Should be fun (well, maybe not so much for them...)
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    An eternity in each others' presence? Sounds more like hell than heaven...

    This is the final conflict, then. How do the rest of them accept this new information about their fate, and can they change it?

    Awesome artwork. Can't compliment it enough.

    PLUS! More fun identifying the kids! My probably wrong guess:

    Counter-clockwise from left: Mark, Kaitlyn, Connor, Kirk, Karl, Caz, Miki, Luke, KK, Arkady, Sirkka, Jack.
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2010 edited
    @ Jenny Creed: i hope Luke HASN'T changed his bastarding ways. cause, what, he got shot, KK called him a wanker and then he rebooted? how's that for a lesson? there isn't a single thing that would lead him to repenting, to rethinking his ways, in my opinion. nope, i'd love it if he stayed his rapist narcisist self.

    i'd love to see what Mark would say when he wakes up...

    page 1, panel 3 surely is full of WIN!

    @ digitalscream: yep, i think they're nekkid. or wearing very tight spandex. xD

    yeah, i sure am growing fond of Luke. in the oh-you're-so-funny-in-your-narcisist-ways-blast-your-head-off-if-you-touch-me way. :}

    p.s. i wonder if he becomes a self-harm-inflicting junkie now? to get moar juice? :}}} i am loving this webcomic! thank you, Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield! ^__^
    • CommentAuthorkrel
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2010
    This was great. I wonder if they can level up by killing themselves, or being killed. There may be a difference.
    What will #100 look like. 100! That's just amazing!

    rain... cold... It's almost fucking summer and we've not even hit a day at 70° yet. Seattle weather blows. Otherwise, I'm happy; can't you tell?
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2010 edited
    'Either that or my thoughts are being stolen as I think them'

    I felt pretty much the same when i saw the line 'KK is a horrible girl' in 0097. Different KK though. Mr Ellis has many strange and terrifying powers and i would not at all be surprised if he sometimes peeks surreptitiously into places he shouldn't.

    So they're all still around in 20 or 30 years time? And they can't be killed? (incineration could be interesting). I do hope this doesn't turn out to be some sort of VR gaming scenario. Surely even the merciless eel master wouldn't be that evil...

    As for me, i envy you your caffeine, booze and fags, having had to give up all three recently for health reasons. I'm now waiting for the end of the month and test results that will tell me if i can carry on driving. Still, the weather's nice and now i've got time to enjoy it so not all bad.

    My thanks to Messrs Ellis, Dufield and the rest of the crew for another fine episode.

    Edited after realising how that might read to some people.
    • CommentAuthorarf
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2010
    I have a vision, in which 'Kady comes skipping in brandishing a game of Risk...
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    ~lis? He could have had an epiphany he hasn't mentioned, I'm thinking. People who have near death experiences always talk about their consciousness expanding with vast wisdom and stuff. Luke even touches on being enlightened in his speechifying, but I hope it's about something more than finding out how awesome he is.

    I'm an optimist. :)

    @longtimelurker: See they'd have to be enlightened like freaking Buddhas to enjoy spending eternity together, so why would they do that if they weren't?
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2010
    @ Jenny Creed: maybe he did... doesn't sound like it for now, though. we'll see. :}}
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2010
    Luke is still a cunt. A charming cunt, maybe but still a cunt.
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    I suppose mind control is a kind of charm. . .

    No, I don't really believe he's changed, but there's always hope.
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    I love how he gets momentarily deflated when Miki and KK snark at him and then goes right back to his rant. I wonder when he's going to heal enough so the blood stops dripping? Although Paul does draw dripping blood quite beautifully.
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2010
    What if it's just nigh-invulnerability? Dismemberment/beheading seems pretty permanent to me.

    Although the idea of a floating shouty Luke head gives me all sorts of giddy nightmares.
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2010
    Now, in the interests of pseudo-science, I just want to see what a FA body can take and still be in full use... Obviously they still get sleepy, though I guess they don't need to sleep. They don't get hungry and suffer no ill effects if they go for a long time without food. They do fall unconcious though, and clearly feel pain. But the pain doesn't debilitate them. Much.

    A hole in the head should mean death or at least serious vegetable-dom. What would sliced tendons mean? Being underwater is problematic, but not getting shot in the chest. Hmmm. And just how much blood can Luke spurt until there isn't enough pressure anymore? Or does his body continue regenerating blood...?

    Hehehe. Thanks Warren, Paul, Ariana. Today is looking like it'll be utter crap for me. Long, lame and expensive. But I have good fiction to crunch. }:>
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    @Jenny Creed

    "I suppose mind control is a kind of charm..."


    The enlightenment of Buddha... snarky sarcastic Buddhas, perhaps? Actually sounds kind of cool...


    Maybe it's a psychological deficiency not a physiological one. After all, they've always been telepathic, and that's not possible. They control weather and teleport, and that's not possible. Maybe they feel pain because they believe they are supposed to feel pain, and fall unconscious and die for the same reason, because 'til now they believed they were just a weird sort of human, and that's what humans are supposed to do. Remember they're only 23. The human brain doesn't fully develop until about 26.

    Lots of people have walked after they've been told they'll never walk again. Lots of athletes have made astonishing recoveries. I'm not saying what the FA do is possible, but it's very common for people with advanced abilities to underestimate themselves, and that makes the work authentic to me. It's a logical step forward for the myth of the superhuman. Instead of Captain Wonder falling into the prism and discovering magic powers that he immediately has complete command of, the FA experience a maturation process much closer to actual human development.
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2010
    "Remember they're only 23. The human brain doesn't fully develop until about 26."
    hmm, thinking this int he light of events that just happened to Luke... ROFLCOPTER.
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2010
    @longtime lurker: I'd go along with your identification (maybe swapping Karl and 'Kady), but it is necessarily based on hairstyles, and assuming that everyone keeps their current barnets. (the baldies stay bald etc)

    Now this could kill off a lot of drama if we know that all the FAs will survive 20 - 30 years; it sounds like KK still is in the gang, but is it possible that the package could find a new owner if its host body disintegrates?

    And maybe one of the sihouettes (eg Mark, Sirkka) is actually someone else? Like a new girl?
    • CommentAuthorGRB
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2010
    since things are going so near how many have predicted so far, i cant help but expect Mr Ellis to throw in a curve ball very shortly to prove us all wrong (or atleast play with our minds a little longer)

    maybe something along the lines of shortly before or just after finishing his rant, Luke's strings are gonna be cut like a puppets, since Jack pulled the plug and Luke's package is draining out the GIANT HOLE IN HIS HEAD!

    that or someone (Arkady or Mark) will come along with some very insightful information as to how the package works

    we are at the beginning of a new volume so we can expect some kind of conflict to develop whatever it maybe. although a whole volume looking at the inner workings of the package does have some appeal!

    oh yeah and the first page was a winner!
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    @Louie Huwie

    Based on hairstyles and the sizes and shapes of the bodies. The girls have hips and slim waists.

    Some are intentionally vague, which is good as it keeps us guessing.

    No, still plenty of drama, I think. It may be their fate but I'm not convinced all of them will accept it. Half of them still want to kill each other. And even if they do accept their fate, will they undo the big push or simply expand what they've built in Whitechapel and take it global?

    Alice still doesn't know Mark is back.

    Plenty of drama left.
    • CommentAuthorGraizur
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2010
    I am going to continue to say that just because you walk in on a a girl get strangled(psychically) and screwed in an alley way doesn't mean she is being raped. They never asked the girl her take on it, they just erased her memory of it with out her consent. It was self serving because the girl should have been given the choice to KNOW the freakangels for who and what they are on her own terms, even if she was raped.

    The hypocritical hipster demi-gods can go rotate.