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    • CommentAuthormarlowe
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2010
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    Anyone remember way back in the day when Mark sent Alice to kill the others? Makes me wonder if Mark understood how dying affects the the package, having died once himself, and wanted to provide a demonstration. Or, if he was oblivious and would have ended up with a furious group of super-'angels as adversaries. If Mark really is the leader and strategist that he seems to be in flashbacks then his Alice-fueled homicide attempt could have been his way of trying to united the 'angels as transhumans. Murdering randomly so they could see what Kady saw, that they are all suck together ad infinitum.

    And possibly I'm giving Mark too much credit; and i should really just say, "Wow Mr. Warren. Thank you. You make my brain hurt in a good way"
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      CommentAuthorDextra
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2010
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    AAAAAHHHHHH....oh god that was great, but kind of like getting 2 seconds from orgasm and someone shoving half-naked pictures of Jack Nicholson in my face. Nice.
    • CommentAuthorkrel
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2010
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    I wonder if that's how Arkady sees everyone, all the time. There are too many "if's". My brain hurts so much, from thinking about this. I read it this morning, then left and had fun. Now I'm back and can't stop thinking about it again. I think I'll go back and read it all from the beginning, this weekend.

    Everything else in life is grand. I'm happy, and wish everyone else was too.
    • CommentAuthorfod_xp
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2010
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    @ Dextra- I prefer forty pictures of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas naked and feeding each other asparagus to sharpen my concentration before I commence wanking my self into oblivion whilst I leer at the women in my Avatar Press comics [mostly Warren Ellis books].
    • CommentAuthorNakedCelt
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2010
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    ...Have I just spotted a mistake?

    "You and Karl..." says Caz. Who is she speaking to?
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      CommentAuthorwondershot
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2010
     (8814.66)
    Aghghhhg. Just leave it to the writer to kill himself.

    I'm a little worried about Connor now. I mean, he's a peaceful, likeable fellow (see Connor vs. Alice), but he's also melancholy and doesn't have the best self-esteem. He's also the FA Historian, a role which I'm sure could have better described at times as FA Keeper of Toxic Waste. These negative factors could mutate...

    Or maybe he just shot a cat for the lulz and he'll come out saying JUST KIDDING READERZZ! HA HA
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2010
     (8814.67)
    AUGHHH. I totally should have put off reading until Sunday. Running around today hours behind my own schedule (nothing new there, really) and now I needed to be on the road an hour or two ago for a retreat in the desert with my theatre company. But NOOOO I have to get my FA fix first. And now I'm both thinking "FUcking NICE!!!!" And Augh! Goddammit now I have to stick around just a bit longer. No time to read what everyone has written so far - I'll get to it in a few days.

    For now... something about Connor's over-explaining to Arkady that he was going to put his things down and then take care of things made me think he wasn't being totally forthcoming. Interesting. 1. Kait would have never been taken in by that. But, of course Kait is suspicious as heck and 'Kady certainly isn't. Yet, I still wonder is the package specializations follow personality traits or if its vice versa. 2. After their conversation I'm really REALLY curious about what opened up the package in the first place. Did they all have a death-experience early in their childhood?

    Oh, and I am assuming connor shot himself. Though I never would have assumed before this that he kept his own weapon. But it would have seemed wise of him to pick on up on his way out of town.

    Right. Outa here. Week has been insane. Life will stay that way for a while. Trying not to freak out about my debt. That's also par for the course....
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      CommentAuthorscs
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2010
     (8814.68)
    Damn, this story has more cliffhangers per page that anything else out there. Whoever said the folks who wait for the TPB are missing the suspense nailed it.

    Can't wait for next week to see what actually happened upstairs.
    • CommentAuthormc2
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2010
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    for, "brain-hole," many thanks.
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    Connor doesn't fuck around when it comes to testing an idea, does he? "We get more power when we die? Well, time to ventilate my skull then."

    Also, makes me think of this:
    Penny Arcade strip on Persona, a game where you shoot yourself in the head a lot.
    • CommentAuthorAstragali
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2010
     (8814.71)
    Wow, one heck of a way to come back, guys... welcome back!

    Thinking about Arkady's "flash-forwarding" or whatever it is: It's probably just as well she's a little spacey, because if she was closer to normal before getting that ability, I think it would have sent her totally gaga...
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2010
     (8814.72)
    Another thing I noticed just now:

    In the panel where 'Kady is looking at Conner she's not JUST seeing his bones and aura. Look at the background - she's looking THROUGH the buildings, and seeing the furniture in them, and through the street to the sewer and water pipes.
    In fact, it's clearly daytime while they're walking, yet in the background the SKY IS FULL OF STARS!
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    Heh. Reminds me a bit of when I got my first PC, a 486/66. There was a DOS shell I had no idea how to access, but I knew it popped up when I started my PC, so I'd type in autoexec.bat to make it kick into gear. After learning the system better I figured out what it was that accessed the bit I needed. I'm guessing a bullet to the skull might be a similar overkill, x one billion.
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    How is anyone sure Connor killed himself?
    The way the bullet leaves the window isn't possible for someone to shoot themselves that way. <---reminds me of a Sherlock Holmes case really.
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    Berserker seems to have been the first to notice all the many things going on in the panel with Ark-o-vision besides that she can apparently see electromagnetic fields and stuff. Thanks for making that observation, cause I'd have missed it otherwise. From this we can infer that Arkady can see a great deal of things that aren't even physically there to see - stars are lights that are less bright than the day sky, it's like eating sugar and then more sugar and still be able to taste the first sugar through the second. I think she's experiencing the presence of those stars by some sense other than vision. Which would mean she can feel their gravity or heat or something from light years away.

    And, with all that going on, I really doubt it's something she switches on just for the occasion.

    As for Connor trying to kill himself, it makes sense intellectually. I can see him going over it in his head: If it works, it has several benefits, such as letting him get away like he wanted before he learned of Arkady's theory. Also it would prove that they can die, which at this stage would be essential knowledge. His death would conceivably save Arkady's life, at least, and she's strategically more important than him so that's alright. And if it doesn't work, it's all good.

    Though I might be attributing Connor with uncharacteristic sound logic and strategic thinking. It takes a big damn hero to coldly evaluate the benefit for others of your own death. (See: Every protagonist ever written by Frank Miller.) But I'm assuming Connor wants to be that guy, on this occasion. And that he's shellshocked (or maybe enlightened) enough from Arkady's mindbombing to act on that impulse.
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      CommentAuthor~lis
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2010 edited
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    FA, w00t!!
    Connor did the emo thing, lol. :} great episode! love Arkady's new vision. ;P

    p.s. are we in for another head hole display? i had just forgotten Luke... xD :}
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    Holy cow. The fearlessness of the willing experimenter, embodied wholly by Connor in one pull of the trigger.
    • CommentAuthorJenny Creed
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2010 edited
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    Anyone remember way back in the day when Mark sent Alice to kill the others? Makes me wonder if Mark understood how dying affects the the package, having died once himself, and wanted to provide a demonstration.

    His recollection suggests otherwise. A new theory: Mark didn't get the same trip Luke and Arkady did. He talks big about all the things he's learned to do, but the sum of his demonstrated extended abilities is shielding himself so I'm thinking he's not unlocked anything from dying. He probably would remember communing with himself and the gang from the far future. Which leads us to believe he's actively denied enlightenment by his future self. I wonder if there's something he needs to learn involving being less powerful than anyone else. . .
    • CommentAuthordarrylayo
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2010
     (8814.79)
    My first thought was the the same as someone else here--if he did shoot himself, what if intentionally causing one's own death nullified the "rebirth" effect. That would be hilarious.

    In a morbid sort of way.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2010
     (8814.80)
    Yes. He could.
    You're quite plainly evil, you know that?