FreakAngels was a web comic by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield that ran from 2008 to 2011. I was aware of it while it was running, and took a look at it at some point, but I never got around to reading it all the way through, from the beginning.

Over this past weekend, I was looking for something different to read, and decided to start in on FreakAngels. It’s a really good series. It’s all free to read on the web. It’s also collected in six trade paperbacks. I was thinking about picking those up on Comixology, where they’re $10 each. But today, I was browsing through the discount trade paperback boxes at my local comic store, and found all six volumes in there for $5 each! So I picked them all up and now I have a nice collection of the whole series.

I got almost halfway through it last weekend, so maybe I can finish it this coming weekend. It’s a post-apocalyptic SF series where the main characters all have special abilities, and somehow caused something very bad that’s pretty much destroyed civilization in England. (It’s unclear exactly what that was, or what happened in the rest of the world.) The series is set several years after the event, when they’re trying to rebuild. It’s got some interesting social and science/engineering stuff in it relating to how they’re rebuilding, and how they all relate to each other, and how they use their powers. And it’s long enough that there’s room for a lot of character development and nuance.

I’m finding myself getting very involved in the story and invested in the characters, so that’s a good thing. I’ve been following Warren Ellis for a long time, and I’ve read a lot of his mainstream comics work, but very little of his more oddball creator-owned work. I should probably read more of that. And I should read his prose novels too. (So much to read, so little time.)

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