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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2010
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    Heh. I applaud the sneakiness here. I don't think our players can leave the stage just yet. I wonder if Luke is going to heal. I'd like to see some sort of check on the 'real wankers' enacted by the better 'angels.
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      CommentAuthorMark R
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2010
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    Just a blanket 'thanks' to all involved in bringing this to my Friday mornings, I enjoy it very much.
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      CommentAuthorBrigman
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2010
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    Just finished this week's episode and logged in to comment on Page 5. Possibly the best single page of comics I have ever seen. Looks like a few others may agree.

    @newspaperdrone : Perfect
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    Page 5 was very nice, and a lovely showstopper. The final panel on page 6, however, trumped the whole strip. That little smile on Conner's face as realization sinks in is the best thing ever.
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      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2010
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    The first thought I had when I saw page 5 was, "Did she kill him, or just enlighten him?" It's been a few hours since I've read it. I've read all of the comments in this thread. I've carefully looked over pages 4, 5 and 6 again, and am feeling like the ouroboros, thinking the same thing. "Did she kill him, or just enlighten him?"
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      CommentAuthorscs
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2010
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    A beautiful sequence this week, esp pg 4-5-6.

    Did she kill him? I think so, but just a little bit. :-)
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      CommentAuthorstaticgirl
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2010
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    I have spent the week wandering through sun drenched Lincolnshire countryside. It has been a good week.

    That page 5 is ace and Connor's little smile at the end awwww. I wonder what he will do next!
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    "Did she kill him, or just enlighten him?"


    You don't say "bye" when you're about to enlighten somebody.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2010
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    The last two days have been mad and I'm slowly recovering. It's Saturday afternoon but I'm pretending it's Friday morning with FA and coffee. And a big smile on my face. To echo everyone: VERY well done, Paul. And Warren, you sneaky bastard, you!

    From the point of the "good-bye" and teleporting to touch Connor I thought something was up, but I never saw death by mental overload coming. And if it's not death then it's very simply something so faintly and technically different that the line is hardly worth drawing. I think Arkady gave Connor an experience that forced him to commune with the 12 in whatever Beyond Space that they reach through to tell someone "no, not yet."

    Of all the things Arkady could do or say, I never dreamed she'd do & say that. I do wonder what Connor saw upon coming back to himself. But I'm sure we'll find out... Thanks guys. *Smile*
    • CommentAuthorNakedCelt
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2010
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    "Did she kill him, or just enlighten him?"
    You don't say "bye" when you're about to enlighten somebody.
    You might if pretending you were farewelling them was the only way they'd let you get close.
    • CommentAuthorarf
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2010
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    I hadn't thought of Arkady killing Connor. It's a very interesting notion...
    ... one that plays better if you *skip* panel 5. So I'm inclined to think not.

    We will have to wait and see.

    (Meanwhile, the take-home message would be *never* play Risk with a FreakAngel!)
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    She killed him with what, memories?

    It looked more like la petite mort than la mort grandes. Makes sense, since he's a telepathic bottom.
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    Re: saying "bye": I don't see why Arkady would say "bye" if she was going to kill Connor, because she knew he would be right back. He can't die, so there IS no goodbye.

    But it's possible that he would be fundamentally changed, either by dying or by the information she gave him, and she was saying "bye" to the person he was before.

    I have no investment in either action being the one she took. I just love this story.

    I am also at this point amuse by how het up people are getting over Connor, not just the last few eps but now EVERYTHING he's done. Good laughs.
    • CommentAuthorJareth
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2010 edited
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    Ummm... I don't think she killed him, it was probably a memory transfer and "Saying bye" would not be a means to get close to him... I don't think she has that problem, since she can teleport and all. In fact, I think the issue would be stopping her getting close if she wanted to.

    An interesting concept that she may have "forced him to commune with the future FA's" however I'm still more inclined to believe that it was just images of her experiences that she uploaded (for want of a better word) into his brain. So essentially - what she's experienced.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2010
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    Re: saying "bye": I don't see why Arkady would say "bye" if she was going to kill Connor, because she knew he would be right back. He can't die, so there IS no goodbye.


    What? You never say "goodbye" to people you expect to see again?

    Remember that when Luke died he also got a large data dump of things happening. Consider the situation again. Arkady's just told him what's happened, but Conner doesn't care because he doesn't perceive it as being relevant to him. So, Arkady (who is probably the strongest 'angel, given that she pushes the package and has died twice at this point) kills him, letting him experience the future 'angels for himself. And that's what "changes a few things" for Conner.
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      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2010
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    I feel that the evidence surely leans toward one thing, though I won't state my opinion as to which way I feel it leans, but there's really no proof of anything until Big Daddy Warren decides to let us know (which could be the next page, or it could be months). Like reptilegrrl, I LOVE this story, but I have a lot of invesement in almost everything that happens in it, and can't wait to find out if Connor was just killed and, if so, who is next? Can they die twice? Can I stand the wait until the climax of Freakangels??
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    @johnjones Luke didn't get a "large data dump" when he died. Rather, his FA abilities increased and he also experienced some kind of communication through time. He then went on to figure out what those things meant.

    @Jeff Owens Arkady has died twice. I am guessing everyone else can too, and that every time their abilities expand.
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      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2010
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    @reptilegrrl - That brings up a lot of questions. Namely, is there a cap point? I mean...how many times can they die??

    Crazy. I love this comic, and can't thank everyone involved in its creation enough for just GIVING it to me for free.
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    How many times has Mark died? Once when he was excommunicated, but what did dropping a building on him do? Or did his shield protect him enough?

    Also, what is the correlation between the amount of times an FA dies, and their power increase, and the amount of times they died to the amount of sanity they have left?

    Arkady is definitely a bit off, but has that genius/crazy person moments of clarity, and Mark is definitely not at the top of his game anymore. Luke now... well, he might just be off because his forehead is a wind tunnel, and that could make anyone act out of their norm...
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      CommentAuthoremsie
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2010
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    I am a happy bunny right now....I've been waiting for Connor to become a bigger part of this and, in catching up over the last few weeks, I've been VERY satisfied ^_^

    Paul - damn, but you have some great expression work in this one. And Warren - you've given me one hell of a character to crush on there ^_~