Tuesday, February 8, 2011

FREAKANGELS - a free, weekly webcomic by Warren Ellis

If you haven't happened upon it already, I highly recommend "FREAKANGELS", a weekly web comic written by Warren Ellis and beautifully illustrated by Paul Duffield.  The comic is already at 124 issues, so there is plenty to catch up on, but each runs six pages, so it's not a huge task. 

Here's the intro:
"23 years ago, twelve strange children were born in England at exactly the same moment. 
6 years ago, the world ended. 
This is the story of what happened next."

The post-flood London locale is deep and immersive and the characters are memorable and relateable. As we meet the FreakAngels and learn about their Whitechapel neighborhood, it becomes a microcosm for the world, reflecting the conflicts and relationships all around.  The steampunk technology and psychic powers of the FreakAngels plant the story firmly in the sci-fi genre, but it's real empahsis is a series of character studies, filling out how the world got to be this way through the experience of the children (now young adults).  Paul Duffield's art is both spare and detailed, conveying emotion through facial expressions and through the atmosphere and backgrounds.

If all this isn't enough to make you curious, it's free and guaranteed to pull you in.  Try to read the first six pages and then stop.  I dare you.  They're right here: http://www.freakangels.com/?p=23

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