Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The Goat Suggests 003: Freakangels
KK makes things. Helicopters. Gadgets. Bad decisions.
Connor writes things down, trying to make sense of it all.
Karl is the farmer. He grows the only strawberries in the world.
Luke is a creep. He lives on the street. Pants are optional. His mind drifts.
Sirkka runs a house of sexual healing. And gratification. Give her a chance, and you might change your mind about her. If you don't, she might change your mind for you.
Kirk is the sentry. He wants peace, and he doesn't care who he has to kill to get it.
Arkady is the mystic. She's learning what the rest of them can do. She's missing a few cards in her deck, or perhaps they're missing her.
Caz is the engineer. She makes everything that KK doesn't make.
Jack is the scavenger, picking through the bones of a ruined world, bringing back what he can find on his boat.
Miki is the doctor and the conscience. She is usually deeply ambivalent about all of this.
Kait is the cop. She gets turned on by television's Quincy. And by the rules. And by enforcing them. And by fascism.
Mark is the outcast. Mark has decided to start controlling people, you see. He's getting better and better at it, and maybe he can't be stopped . . .
They all have purple hair and eyes. They all have powers beyond the realm of human understanding. They were all born on the same day in the same place. They can be petty. They can be scary. They can be selfless. They can be kind. They can be monsters.
Six years ago, they destroyed the entire world.
This is what happens next.
And that, basically, is the premise of perhaps the greatest webcomic out there, written by Transmetropolitan's Warren Ellis and illustrated by the literally amazing Paul Duffield. Every Friday (with occasional exceptions), you'll get six new pages. This story is a masterpiece of character, art, plotting, layout, dialogue, you name it. I'm not going to tell you another thing about it, so there's just one thing left to do.
You really ought to read it.