Freakangels Volume 1 Paperback – 20 Nov 2008
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About the Author
Warren Ellis is the award-winning British author of comic books, novels, and television, most often recognized for his sociocultural commentary and ground-breaking work in the genre of science fiction. His most recognizable works include Transmetropolitan, Planetary, and The Authority. He maintains a consistent online presence which includes the weekly delivery of the FREAKANGELS web comic to millions of fans. Ellis has published over 25 different creator-owned projects through Avatar Press (including BLACK SUMMER, IGNITION CITY, and GRAVEL, the last of which is in development as a film through Legendary Pictures), with many more planned.
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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.
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
FreakAngels was a free webcomic that Warren Ellis created and wrote. Here is the first of six volumes that collects it into print. Read morePublished on 13 July 2013 by 365 Graphic Novels
I love warren ellis novels and this is a great addition to his catalogue. Recommended to all fans and non-fans.Published on 24 Aug. 2010 by D. Hodgson
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