6 Years Ago, The World Ended

Pardon me while I geek for a moment… If you’re not reading FreakAngels by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield, shame on you. If you are reading it and you haven’t told me, double shame on you! It’s a weekly online comic about… well I’m not exactly sure what it’s about yet as they aren’t letting us in on too much, just enough to keep me interested. It’s definitely got the Ellis stamp all over it, mature-themes and all, foul-mouthed, cryptic yet intriguing, you can tell something bigger than what you see is going on and that you’re going to get smacked across the face with it soon enough. Since I’m still not buying comics, I love my webcomics, but this one is one of the few that actually (is?) reads like a comic book.

I think Michael first introduced me to Ellis via The Authority which I totally devoured and since then I’ve researched and seen his work on other titles which is typically described as “revitalizing”. Last night I watched the Justice League Unlimited episode he wrote, “Dark Heart” which was definitely one of the better ones. I follow his livejournal and his twitter of course and he even commented on an entry I wrote about newuniversal a while back.

I added FreakAngels to my RSS feeds since the site is running WordPress, and I have to admit that it’s borderline NSFW. Today’s issue had an illustrated completely non-sexualized buttocks in it, but it was necessary to the story. So if your office filters are extremely sensitive — I even read about one watchdog program that has a flesh detector to determine when naked bodies are being viewed — I’d wait until you’re at home to read it.

Are there anymore intelligent webcomics I should be taking a look at? I’m still on the fence about subscribing to Marvel’s digital comic service though I think it would be a lot more convenient since I just like the stories over trying to collect the books. However considering some of the stories lately have been utter crap, I’m just not sure it’s worth it.

I’m aware that this is my second Ellis-Fanboy post. Don’t worry, I’ll try to keep it down to one per year.

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2 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    Hmm. I hadn’t heard of either of those things; I’ll have to give FA a shot.

    The Marvel digital thing is tempting; I cant afford to buy all the stuff I’d like to read these days. But it really depends, for me, on how many different books are placed on there every month.

  2. Brian says:

    I was very impressed with the free sample comics (over 250) they had up online. But I only browsed through 3 of them. I almost think I’d like it more for the archives than the current books. And I do wish other companies would get on board with the same idea. 🙂

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