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    • CommentAuthormarsupial
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2010
    First, I just want to say that I'm going to read the comic no matter what, so no one needs to worry about this great comic possibly having one less reader. I guess there could be a world-ending tidal flood, but short of that . . .

    Anyway, I read the archive over the last 3-4 days and it is great great great. But it does seem like it might be more fun to read as a novel than in installments. At the same time, its so good, and I would feel kinda silly being intentionally behind on art I enjoy. So basically I'm paralyzed by indecision. Right now the only two long story webcomics I read are Order of the Stick and Erfworld (not that anyone cares about my review, but I would say Freakangels is by far the most consistent at this point, but that there is nothing quite like peak period Erfworld). Anyway, for background data, I find it much less satisfying to read those one at a time, but I do, because I can't help it. With them though, there is a joke (sometimes funny, sometimes not) to keep it more self contained. I guess the comparison would be how gorgeous this art is to stare at, but I personally am less of a visual person than average.

    Well, I'm starting to ramble, but I guess my question is, if you had the patience to read this comic one Volume at a time, would you?
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2010
    I surely would. This is real high-class material which can be "consumed" any way you like: either all at once or in separate volumes. That's one of the great advantages of this series.
    If you read it fast and all at once you merely follow the storyline, which is well-developed so it offers enough grip to keep one attentive. But if you decide to take it piece by piece over some time you give yourself the opportunity to grab the thoughts behind the surface, the double angles, the underlying messages and philosofies, which are also very interesting.
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    I read it in chunks. I'm pondering with my own stuff to stop releasing daily installments and just bring forth galleries every few months as an issue completes. Certain stuff reads okay in quick hits, but other stuff...I've got serious Rex Morgan effect dragging down my high-energy superpower titles. For the same reason, I prefer Freakangels in completed units.

    EDIT: Which is to say, there's a lot of imminent tension I prefer to let wash over me.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2011
    I eagerly snaffle up each episode as it comes out, experiencing the full impact of the various cliff hangers and hiatuses as they happen. I also visit the archive from time to time and reread bits in large chunks to get more of the flow of things. Still, you can't beat a good cliffhanger and Mr Ellis does seem to have a fair bit of cliff to hang things off. There was a point a while ago when i thought the Southend branch of Cliffs R Us was having a clearance sale, my poor blood pressure was all over the place.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2011
    I read each issue the day it comes online (its become almost sort of a ritual for me - every morning I get a nice wake-up to the tune of "Good morning Whitechapel. It's Friday, it's Freakangels."), and then at the conclusion of a book, I go back and read the whole thing again, start to finish. I usually look over friends' shoulders when I introduce them to it as well.