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Freakangels Volume 1 TP [Paperback]

Paul Duffield , Warren Ellis
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18 Nov 2008
Warren Ellis' hugely popular web comic, Freakangels, is here, collected in print for the first time in this gorgeous, full-color trade paperback! Twenty-three years ago, twelve strange children were born in England at exactly the same moment. Six years later, the world ended. This is the story of what happened next. So welcome to Whitechapel, some years from now, just barely above ground in a flooded England, where a clan of eleven strange people with purple eyes - the Freakangels - have carved out some sort of a life for themselves. A life that starts to show big cracks when a girl called Alice from Manchester turns up with a shotgun and a grievance, having met the lost, prodigal last Freakangel, who had very different ideas about what they should do with themselves and this flooded future England. Because the Freakangels have a big secret: Something very bad is their fault.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Avatar Press (18 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592910564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592910564
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 16.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warren Ellis has created and written The Authority, Transmetropolitan, Orbiter, the award-winning Planetary, Ministry of Space and much more.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Halfy
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This is a wonderfully slow burning series of a group of young people with special powers trying to help rebuild the world in their own little way in the wake of a world wide disaster, but why?

The series is built around 11 freakangels, all born at the same time and bequethed with extra sensory powers who are the guardians of a small community rebuilding their lives in a post apocolyptic London.

Because originally this was a weekly web based comic the whole premise is very different from your normal graphic novel, where all of the characters are allowed time to breathe and evolve in front of you rather than be dictated by pure commercial requirements so it runs at it's own pace, letting you immerse yourself in the Freakangels themselves, their social interactions with one another , the community they are building and the surrounding environment which is one of the secret stars of these books

Very reminiscent of films like 'Deliverence' 'Let the right one in' and This is England' the pages of dialogue free images of a shattered, flooded city, and folk just trying to get by really add enormously to the whole scenario and not a huge amount happens, which quirkily is part of the utter charm of this book, and also offsets the sudden snaps of panic and action that do occur when another clan of survivors decide to take on the Freakangels for their territory.

This is a work that stands up there with the best, and if you are still not sold after these reviews browse the first few chapters on the freakangels website, if they don't sell you on it nothing will
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freakin' awesome! 17 Mar 2012
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12 babies were born at the same time 23 years ago. The world ended 6 years ago. This is the story of what happened next.

Warren Ellis is a writer able to write one great series after another and despite having read his work for years, for whatever reason "Freakangels" never occurred to me to be a series worth checking out. Having read the first book though, I only wish I'd read it earlier.

The 12 Freakangels (the name of their gang) are 12 weird psychic 23 year olds each with own strange personality. Little is given away by Ellis as to how the end of the world came about or how London came to be this shattered wreck of a city with disparate groups of people surviving on the bare minimum. Like all good beginnings a larger story is hinted at and little is given away, just enough to whet the appetites of the reader. Instead the focus is on the characters and as the first book went on, I became more and more invested in them.

The psychic kids with supernatural powers reminded me of the Dragonball Z comics I read as a kid (really looked at as the dialogue was written in Japanese which I can't read) and even Paul Duffield's depiction of the Freakangels seems Manga-esque . Not that either of those things are negatives in any way, it made me like it even more as I felt it gave the series a fantasy/cyberpunk flavour to it that I don't find in many comics.

The first book explores this strange new world and its inhabitants while giving the reader an idea that there is a potential for any number of storylines to develop, and if you become as interested in the characters as I did that's a very exciting prospect. It's a brilliant starting place for what could become an amazing series and I for one will be reading the rest of the series eagerly. Fans of Warren Ellis will love this as well as comics fans looking for a cool, interesting take on the dystopian future storyline that's been done so many times before.
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It's very, very seldom that, having read the online version of something, I'll then buy *exactly the same thing* in print.

But this I'll buy.

It's a superb series, well written and well illustrated, that's essentially poses the question, "What happens when a strange and powerful bunch of kids grow up?" Ellis and Duffield ask, and answer, that question.
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