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      CommentAuthorLBA
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
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    very interesting episode

    I hope next week isn't a skip week
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      CommentAuthorFredG
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
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    @MagicSword!
    ... but you do realise you're giving this stuff away for FREE?
    yeah and the jumpy guy on the playground told me the first one was free as well.
    • CommentAuthordraxxx
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
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    Well, good morning!

    If these six pages had been a sequence of a film that I was fully engaged with and committed to... why, I would be over the moon and blown away with joy! What fuckin' balls! I don't want to proclaim "GENIUS!" because the pages are still too fresh, but man, what balls. I'm at a day gig right now, so if the following notes don't make a whole lotta sense, apologies, rushing.

    Things I Like a Lot, Elements I Believe Totally "Work":

    • the shift in color scheme on page 3 panel 1, even though we're still "here" with arky and Conner and whatshername (ah Kate): this is fuckin masterful. Because we're going to get even freakier colors (in the next beat) on the next page during the "death/dream" (or what I'm starting to think of as the peek inside the "all time/no time" sequence). It's awesome, guys

    Things I Like a Lot, but I'm not sure they "Work":

    • Oh fuck sorry, I gotta wrap this up, but, really rushing: The big electric SIGNS and "Time as a Machine but NOT a Clock"—yeah, this shit works, too. Again, if this were a film there wouldn't be even (at least for me) a moment's hesitation, it's just that in the committed pace of a long "printed" work like FA it's a little offputting.

    It all works. "GENIUS!"

    Gotta run. Great shit.
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    I'd have thought Connor would have waited to see if there weren't other ways to expand the "package" prior to rushing shooting himself. Arkady wasn't sure, after all. I suppose that, being the chronichler, he wanted to see it for himself. Now the plot thickens indeed! I wonder if there's some connection with that speech on time Luke was doing in the first volume. Was it really idle chatter?
    • CommentAuthorKaryl
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
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    Holy woah is right! I am completely and absolutely astounded at the fabulous art and the story direction, as usual--but with extra sprinkles on top! YOWZZA!!!!!!!!!! Just love love love the art and the story.
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    OK, my mind has been taken out of my skull, bashed up against the wall, slid down of the floor and stomped. Thanks Warren. My eyes were absorbing the pain my brain was enduring; and were as a salve attempting to be a shield against the onslaught. Thanks Paul (an crew). I am exhausted and have obtained a smile of anticipation for next week. Oh my!
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
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    *amaze*

    I am in love with the colouring of the Connor's Dream panels. I would like to live in that apocalyptic psychedelic neon wasteland please. It put me in mind, for some reason, of Philip Bond's interpretation of the planet Meta in Shade The Changing Man, but with a delicate gradation of tone that would have been impossible back in the pre-digital ink days... The translucent skeleton on page two is just... exquisite. Art-wise, I'd have to say Freakangels is among my favourite comics of all time. Every time I think I've got a handle on Paul's style, he changes it up and adds new elements.

    Any chance of an 'Absolute' sized Freakangels one day, in the distant future?
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      CommentAuthorWaxPoetic
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
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    Wonderful.
    Morning seems more reasonably profitable right now.

    Now that my brain is completely happy, I'm going to hop myself up on toddy and Malt-o-Meal and imagine everyone I meet with visible skeletons.

    *snuzzles*
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      CommentAuthorindysleaze
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
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    All I have to say is that Paul knocked it out of the park this week.
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    Funny how perfectly everything fits together: The one person who's dedicated enough to the art of observing and recording information to talk about what he's experiencing in this half-dead state is talking to the one person experienced enough with weird shit to listen. It's almost as if Luke's post-death and revival ramblings that made people want to hit him with chairs to shut him up was a rehearsal for this, elegantly planned event.

    I'm torn between appreciating the whole heartbreaking wondrous structure of the universe as it emerges to the Angels with their accumulating power and the equally heartbreaking scene of these two good friends caught in a very emotional, personal moment of life and death seriousness.

    This could be just what comics are about. We've got the words conveying grand, philosophical conundrums and the art grounded in inescapable reality, working on different levels but with equal impact. Or I'm just babbling incoherently because the comic ate my brain.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
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    Jaysus
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      CommentAuthorMickierat
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
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    God that was amazing. I usually only see those kinds of colors after a half bottle of Black Blood Of The Earth. The world looks a lot like page 4 around then haha. Page 2 makes me want to start a band called Mind Field Panic just so that could be the logo. Incredible work, Paul.

    The thing I like most about Freakangels, which it's really exploring in depth lately, is the question posed of power. If you were nigh-omnipotent, what would you do with your power? If someone gave you a power that was seemingly unlimited but with no "instruction book," how would you know how to use it? This is something that's always kind of annoyed me about mutant superheroes. How do they know what they can do and what their limits are? It seems like none of them ever really explore it beyond a few training exercises and maybe discovering things in some desperate battles.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
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    Holy CRAP. Yeah, I'm going to have to really read through this a few more times later in the afternoon, will I'll be officially awake. I love the second page the most so far--just bashes you in the face with the Strange and Unknown.

    As for the week--nothing really to report. Doing schoolwork. Doing art stuffs. Doing this writing assignment for a radio drama podcast that should be coming out next year.
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    Oy vey this week. Diagnosed with infectious mononucleosis, which means I need to sleep roughly constantly and I would were it not for the incredibly painful sore throat that comes with the territory.

    Not that any of you care!!!

    In a more congratulatory manner, wow. Paul and Warren really do a number on each other every week. I love all of the concepts that are getting thrown out by this episode, and I love the "shooting yourself in the brain for fun and profit" line because of how well it works. A lovely episode as always, gentlemen.
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    @SilentObjector You stole my week! Same thing here, and I agree it sucks! I've slept more than I've been awake these past couple weeks. Disappointing. I like being alive and conscious, had hoped to do more of it.

    My brain is a puddle of polychromatic confusion following this week's episode. Hell of a great thing, it is.
    • CommentAuthorfod_xp
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
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    I. LOVED. THIS. INSTALLMENT. PERIOD!!!!

    I have no effing clue what's going on, but Paul's art and his "filthy assistants" just broke the stairway and went straight to heaven with this art. Best installment yet.

    @ Warrenellis- I assume the "six volumes" comments means Freakangels ends when volume six ends? Say it ain't so! It's moider, that's what it is! Where will I get my fill of sexy half naked 23 year old girls speaking nutter and teleporting around like it was second nature, or everyone pulling a gun on themselves to unpack more of their package, or even steam-bike-helicopters, or jokes with perfect set-up and execution?

    Eh, them's the brakes I guess. Still, Freakangels is worth every second and every penny I spend on the Hardcovers.
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    I assume the "six volumes" comments means Freakangels ends when volume six ends?

    Yus.

    That's going to have been three years and a lot of fucking pages. Paul deserves to be freed.
    • CommentAuthorfod_xp
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
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    @ Ariana- Thank you for posting this discussion thread.

    I had a good week, especially when I went to see Machete in theatres. I had a free movie pass, but that movie was so freaking good, and certain parts had such intelligent and biting satire that I was surprised in all the best possible ways at how the film turned out. This definitely gets put on the "I am buying this movie on DVD list."

    I recommend seeing it, although there are lots of full breasts scenes and within the first five minutes a
    naked woman pulls an iPhone (or equivalent phone type) out of her vagina to call in her boss, Steven Segal.
    • CommentAuthorAmhuinn
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
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    Rubbish week, but this made up for it! LOVE IT! Love the art - the use of colour in Connor's vision of the future is beautiful and a little surreal. I really like that Connor is now seeming more of a visionary than the others, in some ways and is able to make sense of things. I am intrigued as to what is going to happen with Mark.

    Thanks!
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    So, future AND past? Or is Connor hanging out in Mark's brain for a moment, watching his memories? (I assume that's Alice on her way into Whitechapel for the first time.)