History Webcomic / FreakAngels

25th Oct '16 8:48:33 AM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Jack and Kait can kick ass without their powers, being a salvager/explorer and policeman respectively.
9th Oct '16 2:19:06 PM LongLiveHumour
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Ellis and Duffield turned out six full-color pages a week; it ended at 144 episodes (six volumes of the paper edition) on August 5, 2011. Its website has gone down due to Avatar rearranging its online presence (which means most of the linked pages below no longer work), but the collected editions are available via Avatar's website and digitally.

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Ellis and Duffield turned out six full-color pages a week; it ended at 144 episodes (six volumes of the paper edition) on August 5, 2011. Its website has gone down due to Avatar rearranging its online presence (which means most of As well as on the linked pages below no longer work), but [[http://www.freakangels.com/ ''Freakangels'' page]], the collected editions are available via Avatar's the Avatar Press website on paper and digitally.
18th Jun '16 3:13:44 PM EmperorNorton
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Ellis and Duffield turned out six full-color pages a week; it ended at 144 episodes (six volumes of the paper edition) on August 5, 2011. It can be seen [[http://www.freakangels.com/ here]].

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Ellis and Duffield turned out six full-color pages a week; it ended at 144 episodes (six volumes of the paper edition) on August 5, 2011. It can be seen [[http://www.freakangels.com/ here]].
Its website has gone down due to Avatar rearranging its online presence (which means most of the linked pages below no longer work), but the collected editions are available via Avatar's website and digitally.
26th Jun '15 12:17:17 PM Kalaong
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* OnlySixFaces: The [=FreakAngels=] all look a ''lot'' alike. This is a deliberate facet of the story; Ellis has stated that the core idea of the comic is "what if Literature/{{the Midwich Cuckoos}} survived, grew up, and then fucked up?" That being said, some of the character designs have changed noticeably since the beginning. Compare [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=23&page=6 KK here]] with [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=563&page=5 KK here], for instance.

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* OnlySixFaces: The [=FreakAngels=] all look a ''lot'' alike. This is a deliberate facet of the story; Ellis has stated that the core idea of the comic is "what if Literature/{{the Midwich Cuckoos}} survived, grew up, and then fucked up?" That being said, some of the character designs have changed noticeably since the beginning. Compare [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=23&page=6 KK here]] with [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=563&page=5 KK here], here]], for instance.
20th Jun '15 1:22:42 PM LentilSandEater
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** Lampshaded by Arkady, who apparently spends much of her time [[HowDoIShotWeb developing new tricks]], such as teleportation.

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** Lampshaded Invoked by Arkady, who apparently spends much of her time [[HowDoIShotWeb developing new tricks]], such as teleportation.
4th Apr '15 8:38:28 PM ryanasaurus0077
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** Arkady also tends to wear see-through clothing.{{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when a character asks Arkady to at ''least'' wear panties. She's been wearing underwear for a good long while now, though they are still visible through her skirt.

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** Arkady also tends to wear see-through clothing. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when a character asks Arkady to at ''least'' wear panties. She's been wearing underwear for a good long while now, though they are still visible through her skirt.
4th Apr '15 7:19:26 PM Willbyr
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''[=FreakAngels=]'' is a {{webcomic}} written by WarrenEllis, author of ''{{Nextwave}}''/''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', transhumanist and noted CrazyAwesome British person, with art by Paul Duffield.

Set [[AfterTheEnd six years after apocalyptic flooding destroys modern civilization]] (at least in Great Britain), the story follows the self-styled "[=FreakAngels=]" - a dozen 23-year-olds born at the exact same moment, all with purple eyes, pale skin and an array of mental powers that include telekinesis, telepathy, mind control, and unique individual gifts.

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''[=FreakAngels=]'' is a {{webcomic}} written by WarrenEllis, Creator/WarrenEllis, author of ''{{Nextwave}}''/''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}''/''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', transhumanist and noted CrazyAwesome British person, with art by Paul Duffield.

Set [[AfterTheEnd six years after apocalyptic flooding destroys modern civilization]] (at least in Great Britain), the story follows the self-styled "[=FreakAngels=]" - "[=FreakAngels=]", a dozen 23-year-olds born at the exact same moment, all with purple eyes, pale skin and an array of mental powers that include telekinesis, telepathy, mind control, and unique individual gifts.



* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]]: Kait, who grew up on cop shows and has appointed herself the chief of police for Whitechapel.
* [[spoiler:AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence]]: The ending heavily implies that [[spoiler:the Freakangels moved themselves outside of time, and this was where their "future" selves were communicating from whenever one of the "present" selves died. [[MindScrew Or something]].]]

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* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]]: {{Ascended Fan|boy}}girl: Kait, who grew up on cop shows and has appointed herself the chief of police for Whitechapel.
* [[spoiler:AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence]]: AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: The ending heavily implies that [[spoiler:the Freakangels moved themselves outside of time, and this was where their "future" selves were communicating from whenever one of the "present" selves died. [[MindScrew Or something]].]]



* BadassNormal: Alice gets dubbed an "Honorary [=FreakAngel=]" on her first day in town, mostly for keeping her cool when Whitechapel comes under attack.
** A week later, she proves her badassery when she [[spoiler:takes out Luke with her trusty shotgun, after he's already seriously injured Kirk and nearly killed KK.]]

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* BadassNormal: Alice gets dubbed an "Honorary [=FreakAngel=]" on her first day in town, mostly for keeping her cool when Whitechapel comes under attack.
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attack. A week later, she proves her badassery when she [[spoiler:takes out Luke with her trusty shotgun, after he's already seriously injured Kirk and nearly killed KK.]]



* BewareTheNiceOnes:
--> '''Arkady''': Do you know what that was, Luke? That was exactly one second of my overdose experience when we were fifteen. If you ever do something like this again, I am going to give you ''five minutes'' of that.
* BigDamnKiss: [[spoiler: Conner and Arkady.]] SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!

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* BewareTheNiceOnes:
--> '''Arkady''': Do
BewareTheNiceOnes: The normally sweet and rather offkey Arkady is a force to be reckoned with if her buttons get pushed.
-->Do
you know what that was, Luke? That was exactly one second of my overdose experience when we were fifteen. If you ever do something like this again, I am going to give you ''five minutes'' of that.
* BigDamnKiss: [[spoiler: Conner [[spoiler:Conner and Arkady.]] SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!



* BrainBleach: This is one among the many [=FreakAngel=] powers. It is applied (usually by Sirrka) to the traumatized people they encounter in Whitechapel. In the case that happens "on-screen" she doesn't even ask if the girl actually ''wants'' her brain bleached. In this case and others, it seems the FreakAngels apply brain bleach not just out of mercy, but also to keep their powers secret.
** The FreakAngels are often treated to TooMuchInformation from their friends, invoking this trope. See the Perverse Sexual Lust entry below.

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* BrainBleach: This is one among the many [=FreakAngel=] powers. It is applied (usually by Sirrka) to the traumatized people they encounter in Whitechapel. In the case that happens "on-screen" she doesn't even ask if the girl actually ''wants'' her brain bleached. In this case and others, it seems the FreakAngels [=FreakAngels=] apply brain bleach not just out of mercy, but also to keep their powers secret.
** The FreakAngels [=FreakAngels=] are often treated to TooMuchInformation from their friends, invoking this trope. See the Perverse Sexual Lust entry below.



** [[spoiler: Luke and Mark]] both get their brains, if not ''bleached'', then at least thoroughly laundered. It makes them less crazy, but not much more pleasant.
* BrickJoke: The comic begins with KK waking up to discover she screwed a kid from Lambeth. In Episode 8, it's mentioned that Arkady had been in the market the previous week predicting the future. One prediction was that KK would shag someone from Lambeth. See MadOracle, below.
** Alice was introduced in the second episode of the comic. In the second-to-''last'' episode, [[spoiler: she is paired with a new supporting character named [[AliceAndBob Bob]].]]
* BullyingADragon: Hunting down a group of teenagers who can blow up stuff with their minds and deflect artillery strikes was bound to end up badly. Especially if said children would love to be left alone. Cue [[spoiler: a disaster that left Great Britain in ruins.]]

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** [[spoiler: Luke [[spoiler:Luke and Mark]] both get their brains, if not ''bleached'', then at least thoroughly laundered. It makes them less crazy, but not much more pleasant.
* BrickJoke: BrickJoke:
**
The comic begins with KK waking up to discover she screwed a kid from Lambeth. In Episode 8, it's mentioned that Arkady had been in the market the previous week predicting the future. One prediction was that KK would shag someone from Lambeth. See MadOracle, below.
** Alice was introduced in the second episode of the comic. In the second-to-''last'' episode, [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she is paired with a new supporting character named [[AliceAndBob Bob]].]]
* BullyingADragon: Hunting down a group of teenagers who can blow up stuff with their minds and deflect artillery strikes was bound to end up badly. Especially if said children would love to be left alone. Cue [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a disaster that left Great Britain in ruins.]]



* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:All of the Freakangels have this ability. Every time they "die", the powers they wield are stronger and more finely-controlled when they get back up.]]

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* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:All of the Freakangels [=FreakAngels=] have this ability. Every time they "die", the powers they wield are stronger and more finely-controlled when they get back up.]]



* ChekhovsGun: Connor tells Alice in Episode 33 that she'll probably never meet an American. By the end, [[spoiler: the Americans have arrived in Whitechapel and Alice is shown interacting with them.]]
* [[CityOfCanals City of Flooded Streets]]

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* ChekhovsGun: Connor tells Alice in Episode 33 that she'll probably never meet an American. By the end, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Americans have arrived in Whitechapel and Alice is shown interacting with them.]]
* [[CityOfCanals City of Flooded Streets]]Streets]]: What Whitechapel has become in the wake of its destruction.



* ClusterFBomb: Miki, [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=91&page=4 here]].

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* ClusterFBomb: Miki, [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=91&page=4 here]].when she's finally had enough]] of Kait and Arkady arguing.



*** [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion AT Fields?]]



* DeathGlare: Arkady manages an impressive (and terrifying) one [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=449&page=4 here]].

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* DeathGlare: Arkady manages an impressive (and terrifying) one [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=449&page=4 here]].an impressive (and terrifying) one]].



* {{Expy}}: the FreakAngels PsychicPowers being that much stronger when in concert and their eventual [[spoiler: ascension beyond physical form]] to save the world takes more than a little from Ellis' earlier run on ''ComicBook/XMan'', in which a group of villains did the former and the hero did the latter.

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* {{Expy}}: the FreakAngels The [=FreakAngels=]' PsychicPowers being that much stronger when in concert and their eventual [[spoiler: ascension [[spoiler:ascension beyond physical form]] to save the world takes more than a little from Ellis' earlier run on ''ComicBook/XMan'', in which a group of villains did the former and the hero did the latter.



* HeelFaceBrainwashing: [[spoiler: Luke, consensually and by request because [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he's ashamed to realize how low he's fallen]].]]

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* HeelFaceBrainwashing: [[spoiler: Luke, [[spoiler:Luke, consensually and by request because [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he's ashamed to realize how low he's fallen]].]]



--> '''Karl:''' If you think I'm kissing you in front of this shower of bastards you're fucking insane.

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--> ---> '''Karl:''' If you think I'm kissing you in front of this shower of bastards you're fucking insane.



* {{Jerkass}}: Luke in particular, but all of the [=FreakAngels=] to an extent. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Connor, who points out that they really are all a bunch of evil arseholes who can do nothing but yell at each other and fuck up.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Summarily [[IncrediblyLamePun deconstructed]] by [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=285&page=5 Kaitlyn]].

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* {{Jerkass}}: Luke in particular, but all of the [=FreakAngels=] to an extent. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Connor, who points out that they really are all a bunch of evil arseholes who can do nothing but yell at each other and fuck up.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Summarily [[IncrediblyLamePun [[JustForPun deconstructed]] by [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=285&page=5 Kaitlyn]].



* LetsGetDangerous: A wordless example [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=75&page=4 here]]. In one panel, the [=FreakAngels=] snap from a bunch of bickering kids to the psychic hive mind that punched a hole in reality.

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* LetsGetDangerous: A wordless example In one panel, the [=FreakAngels=] snap from a bunch of bickering kids to [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=75&page=4 here]]. In one panel, the [=FreakAngels=] snap from a bunch of bickering kids to the psychic hive mind that punched a hole in reality.reality]].



** An alternative explanation is that this foreshadows a future plot line. In the scene were Arkady says she doesn't remember visiting the market, she also talks about how she's considering the possibility of time travel. The implication seems to be that the Arkady who made the predictions in the marketplace might have been Arkady travelling back from some point in the future.

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** An alternative explanation is that this foreshadows a future plot line. In the scene were Arkady says she doesn't remember visiting the market, she also talks about how she's considering the possibility of time travel. The implication seems to be that the Arkady who made the predictions in the marketplace might have been Arkady travelling traveling back from some point in the future.



* MindControlEyes: Not always used - people that [[spoiler: Mark manipulated to kill the FreakAngels]] don't show this, but the girl that [[spoiler: Luke rapes]] does have them.

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* MindControlEyes: Not always used - people that [[spoiler: Mark [[spoiler:Mark manipulated to kill the FreakAngels]] [=FreakAngels=]]] don't show this, but the girl that [[spoiler: Luke [[spoiler:Luke rapes]] does have them.



* MoodWhiplash: Luke's rant [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=378&page=5 here]] and [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=378&page=6 here]]. Given a callback of sorts [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=625&page=5 here]].
* MoralEventHorizon: In the Freakangels' minds, brainwashing people; this is discussed in-universe several times. Oddly, they don't have any rules to deal with violence, and [[spoiler:Kait]] is never punished for [[spoiler:torturing people for dubious reasons, nor has anyone been punished for their murder attempts.]]

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* MoodWhiplash: Luke's rant [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=378&page=5 here]] and Luke's]] [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=378&page=6 here]]. Given a callback of sorts rant]]. [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=625&page=5 here]].
Given a callback of sorts]].
* MoralEventHorizon: In the Freakangels' [=FreakAngels=]' minds, brainwashing people; this is discussed in-universe several times. Oddly, they don't have any rules to deal with violence, and [[spoiler:Kait]] is never punished for [[spoiler:torturing people for dubious reasons, nor has anyone been punished for their murder attempts.]]



** Arkady also tends to wear see-through clothing.
*** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when a character asks Arkady to at ''least'' wear panties. She's been wearing underwear for a good long while now, though they are still visible through her skirt.
** Sirkka, due to her...[[AnythingThatMoves amorous ways]].
*** Particularly when her package upgrade occurs with her naked and writhing on her bed.

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** Arkady also tends to wear see-through clothing.
*** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]
clothing.{{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when a character asks Arkady to at ''least'' wear panties. She's been wearing underwear for a good long while now, though they are still visible through her skirt.
** Sirkka, due to her...[[AnythingThatMoves amorous ways]].
*** Particularly
ways]], and particularly when her package upgrade occurs with her naked and writhing on her bed.



* OnlySixFaces: The [=FreakAngels=] all look a ''lot'' alike. This is a deliberate facet of the story; Ellis has stated that the core idea of the comic is "what if the Midwich Cuckoos survived, grew up, and then fucked up?" The Midwich Cuckoos are famous for, among other things, all looking ''exactly the same''. That being said, some of the character designs have changed noticeably since the beginning. Compare [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=23&page=6 KK then]] with [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=563&page=5 KK now]], for instance.

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* OnlySixFaces: The [=FreakAngels=] all look a ''lot'' alike. This is a deliberate facet of the story; Ellis has stated that the core idea of the comic is "what if the Literature/{{the Midwich Cuckoos Cuckoos}} survived, grew up, and then fucked up?" The Midwich Cuckoos are famous for, among other things, all looking ''exactly the same''. That being said, some of the character designs have changed noticeably since the beginning. Compare [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=23&page=6 KK then]] here]] with [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=563&page=5 KK now]], here], for instance.



* PerverseSexualLust: Regarding ''{{Quincy}}, M.E.'', a detective drama from the 80s...

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* PerverseSexualLust: Regarding ''{{Quincy}}, ''Series/{{Quincy}}, M.E.'', a detective drama from the 80s...



'''Karl:''' Oh, Christ, Kait! [[TooMuchInformation Too much information!]] Is this my punishment? I have to think about you in an interrogation cell in front of a weeping criminal and rubbing one out?\\

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'''Karl:''' Oh, Christ, Kait! [[TooMuchInformation Too {{Too much information!]] information}}! Is this my punishment? I have to think about you in an interrogation cell in front of a weeping criminal and rubbing one out?\\



* ShoutOut: The afterlife apparently does ''not'' include [[BlackAdder Satan and his little wizards]].

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* ShoutOut: The afterlife apparently does ''not'' include [[BlackAdder [[Series/BlackAdder Satan and his little wizards]].



* ThroatLight: Although the FreakAngels have [[GlowingEyes glowing eyes]] whenever they use their powers, at the times that they're doing something ''really'' powerful, usually together, this trope applies.

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* ThroatLight: Although the FreakAngels [=FreakAngels=] have [[GlowingEyes glowing eyes]] GlowingEyes whenever they use their powers, at the times that they're doing something ''really'' powerful, usually together, this trope applies.



* TrueCompanions: FreakAngels before the catastrophe. After this event most of them [[DysfunctionJunction got their own issues]] and the group broke apart. [[spoiler: At the end, they are together again, though perhaps not completely healed. But they have all the time in the world to work on that.]]

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* TrueCompanions: FreakAngels The [=FreakAngels=] before the catastrophe. After this event most of them [[DysfunctionJunction got their own issues]] and the group broke apart. [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At the end, they are together again, though perhaps not completely healed. But they have all the time in the world to work on that.]]



* WebcomicTime: In the first thirteen months of its run, the comic covered a grand total of one day. Then there was a one-week TimeSkip, and the following two years have covered another day.
* WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture: Or at least our psychic twenty-something overlords will.
** Also {{LOLcats}} and other internet memes; see TotallyRadical above.
* WhatTheHellHero: Sirkka for her MoreThanMindControl method of helping abuse victims, Kait for keeping a prison/torture chamber, and later [[spoiler: Miki for using her package upgrade to castrate Luke]].
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: KK's "bike" helicopter, Jack's steam-boat and the steam-powered Gatling Guns. They built them out of scrounged materials using expertise borrowed from expert brains.

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* WebcomicTime: In the first thirteen months of its run, the comic covered a grand total of one day. Then there was a one-week TimeSkip, and the following two years have covered another day.
* WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture: Or at least our psychic twenty-something overlords will.
** Also {{LOLcats}}
will. They also use WebOriginal/{{LOLcat|s}} speak and other internet memes; see TotallyRadical above.
* WhatTheHellHero: Sirkka for her MoreThanMindControl method of helping abuse victims, Kait for keeping a prison/torture chamber, and later [[spoiler: Miki [[spoiler:Miki for using her package upgrade to castrate Luke]].
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: KK's "bike" helicopter, Jack's steam-boat and the steam-powered Gatling Guns.guns. They built them out of scrounged materials using expertise borrowed from expert brains.



* YourMom: Kait to Connor [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=545&page=5 here]], with epic follow-up [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=545&page=6 here]].

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* YourMom: Kait to Connor [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=545&page=5 here]], Kait to Connor]], with epic follow-up [[http://www.freakangels.com/?p=545&page=6 here]].an epic follow-up]].
4th Apr '15 11:29:22 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* {{Expy}}: the FreakAngels PsychicPowers being that much stronger when in concert and their eventual [[spoiler: ascension beyond physical form]] to save the world takes more than a little from Ellis' earlier run on ''ComicBook/XMan'', in which a group of villains did the former and the hero did the latter.
27th Nov '14 8:14:17 AM RkVHVX
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* JackTheRipper: A murder in Book 3 is done seemingly as a tribute to Jack the Ripper, using the same modus operandi (slashed throat, mutilated stomach) in the same location (Whitechapel).

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* JackTheRipper: UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper: A murder in Book 3 is done seemingly as a tribute to Jack the Ripper, using the same modus operandi (slashed throat, mutilated stomach) in the same location (Whitechapel).
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