Like all final books in a beloved series there are lots of revelations, storylines are tied up, and the ending is a controversial one. It seems the end of the world brought about by the Freakangels was not the end of the world... entirely, and the Freakangels decide to do something equally massive with their powers but this time for constructive purposes not destructive. And some of the Freakangels get drunk and hook up.
It's hard to talk about the aspects of the plot as it'd just give away too much of the content of the book but suffice it to say that if you've enjoyed the series thus far, Warren Ellis' ending does a fine job of finishing it satisfactorily and without betraying the characters or the story. It's an ending, but don't expect explanations of who the Freakangels really are, how and why they have their powers, and the world beyond Whitechapel - you won't get it.
What you get is a great, intelligent and exciting ending to a superb series that has been one triumphant book after another. Ellis and Paul Duffield have created an incredible comics series that ought to be better known and even could be a brilliant TV show. It's just a shame the series ended after 6 books, I could've read 6 more but it ends well and I can wholeheartedly recommend the entire series for fans of well written, imaginative comics with a hint of steampunk and sci-fi thrown into the mix. Freakangels rule!
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Sadly even the best of serials come to an end, its just to be hoped that they leave us with a feeling of a satisfactory resolution, a job well done. This book does this to my satisfaction.
My only complaint about Freakangels is that it was always going to be too short, i want more please sir... and as complaints go i think this is a desirable one. The whole story is not tied up nicely, you will be left asking "what about xxx", well i guess thats just life. And thats just one of this serials great strenghts, that despite the fantastical mind powers its just a story of 12 very young and confused people just as F....ed up as the rest of us. And this book resolves thier situation properly and thats what it absolutely had to do.
Drawing to a close, and despite six volumes of story, this tale feels all too brief. As we leave Freakangels we aren't disappointed by the ending we receive but we do lament the fact it ends at all. Testament to Ellis' mature and loving characterisation we mourn the loss of these people: people not unlike us in thought and feeling.
The art is great and has all the room it needs to portray a sweeping, dramatic and mute visual spectacular. The end of the end of the world is just as pretty as the beginning of the end of the world.
A great closure to an incredible series. Thumbs Up!