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Freakangels vol 2

Freakangels vol 2 back

Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield


Page 45 Review by Stephen

"You can do anything if you put your mind to it."

That's not a quote from the book but a chirpy assertion nowhere truer than here, for twenty-three years ago twelve children were born at exactly the same time and six years ago they all put their minds to exactly the same thing at precisely the same time. And it destroyed the world.

Now there are eleven of them left in a London not burning but flooded, each in their own way trying to care for the community they crippled whilst keeping outsiders at bay. Well, most of them are caring; one might be engaged in acts of sabotage. But what happens next will test their compassion in the face of the limited resources, because they're not accustomed to offering second chances. Not when they've barely survived a mortar attack.

"It won't matter soon. Succeeding ourselves to death. We're going to reach the point sooner or later where we've done so well at saving lives that we won't be able to support the lives we've saved. We turned up and the people here thought we were going to save them from the shit they don't know we started. And because we never acted like we were staying, we might have just ensured that more of them are going to die."

She's talking about an infrastructure they neglected to build in favour of band-aid tactics and plastering over cracks. They're telepathic, if I haven't made it clear, as well as psycho-kinetic, although their resident loner's been developing a few extra skills of her own. It'll be interesting to see, as the series progresses, what else they can do if they put their minds to it - and I'm just talking about building a better water supply.

The colouring here is apparently far more lambent than on the web which Tom complained was so murky at times you couldn't actually see what was going on. I wouldn't know because I don't read any comics on the web for pleasure, just research. As to the linework itself, it's not Josh Middleton but that's who it's closest to, yet the pages themselves are an unusual read: four panels maximum and often fewer - huge sense of space and a very different timing to anything else I can think of.

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