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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Avatar Press (November 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592910564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592910564
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Warren Ellis is the award-winning British author of comic books, novels, and television, most often recognized for his sociocultural commentary and ground-breaking work in the genre of science fiction. His most recognizable works include Transmetropolitan, Planetary, and The Authority. He maintains a consistent online presence which includes the weekly delivery of the FREAKANGELS web comic to millions of fans. Ellis has published over 25 different creator-owned projects through Avatar Press (including BLACK SUMMER, IGNITION CITY, and GRAVEL, the last of which is in development as a film through Legendary Pictures), with many more planned.

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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE (being adapted for TV by Microsoft Xbox) and the "underground classic" novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His GRAVEL books are in development for film at Legendary Pictures. IRON MAN 3 is based on his Marvel Comics graphic novel IRON MAN: EXTREMIS. He's also written extensively for VICE, WIRED UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters. Warren Ellis is currently working on a non-fiction book about the future of the city for Farrar Giroux Straus.

His newest publication is the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, from FSG Originals. His next book will be the novella NORMAL, also from FSG.

A documentary about his work, CAPTURED GHOSTS, was released in 2012.

Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society's President's Medal for service to freedom of speech, the EAGLE AWARDS Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.

Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.

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I'm really in love with the series, and I'm enjoying it immensely.
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Not much is given away about what really happened and there's not a lot of action but it seems like a cool setup for better things to come.
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I read the entire thing online but had to buy it after I finished .
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Adri Cowan on January 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
(Excerpt from my original review on ComicImpact.com)

The FREAKANGEL series is best summarized by its own introduction: "23 years ago, twelve strange children were born in England at exactly the same moment. Six years ago, the world ended. This is the story of what happened next."

These "twelve strange children" are the now 20-something FreakAngels - a naturally genetically-improved breed of human with magnificent psychic capabilities and gritty sex appeal. And who, as we eventually gather through dialogue clues, are the ones actually responsible for the state of the partially water-submerged state of the world.

As the FreakAngels govern and protect London's Whitechapel-based community of post-apocalypse survivors with their extrasensory talents, they face rival gangs of survivors who pine after their agricultural advancements, weaponry, technology and property, and are consistently challenged by rebellion (and even attempted murder) among their own FreakAngel kind.

The dialogue in this series is most literally some of the best I've read in a graphic novel, maximizing Ellis' character development, storyline, and signature revisits to extropianism. The characters are precious, real and love/hateable. I especially adore Karl, the agri-bloke who minds the gardening and produce, and who dons a tinfoil hat to keep the other FreakAngels out of his thoughts. And then there's the powerful female, Sirkka, who attempts to reinvent the societal notion of romantic relationships by harboring a harem of sexually subservient men and women.

Each FreakAngel comes with his or her own super-abilities and personalities, using their specific talents (food production, medical services, engineering capabilites) to sustain Whitechapel.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By darklordzden on September 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
'The Freakangels' are a group of strange, psychically gifted twenty three year olds who eke out an existence as counsel and protectors of London's Whitechapel district - one of the few areas of the country left high and dry following an undisclosed apocalyptic event which flooded the city and the world, six years previously. The Freakangels themselves were in some way responsible for this apocalypse - a fact that has thus far remained undisclosed to their more conventionally human charges.

Beginning life as a web-comic on the 'Whitechapel website', this volume collects the first arc of Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield's ongoing saga and it's a strange kettle of fish which owes considerable debts to the likes of John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos (Fast Track Classics), The Tomorrow People: The Complete Series, J..G. Ballard's The Drowned World and teen dramas such as Skins - Vol. 1

The first arc of the story really acts as an introduction to the world and various foibles of its otherworldly characters - a lot of whom, if I'm perfectly honest, are fairly clichéd, uninteresting and derivative: The "Arkady" character in particular bears far too much of a resemblance to the "Delerium" character from Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" series.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fod_xp on January 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Granted this story takes place six years after the Apocalypse caused by the 12 characters of this story, one of whom is exiled from the group and is trying to get the others killed. The 12 young adults are telepaths of sorts, but are quite unique not just with their powers. Each character is a different personality to their own. The way they interact and banter between each other is amusing and scary at times. I laughed many times reading this book. I would highly recommend it for Warren Ellis fans.
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By V. Gomez on February 1, 2010
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Anyone familliar with Freakangels knows that you can read this free every week, but this thing is so great that it is worth purchasing even if you have read the entire story to its current episode. Great quality book, beautifull art, and always great writting from the Master himself Warren Ellis. I bought this for my wife and she loves it, next up is trying to convince my daughter to read it. This is a great book (amd Scott Pilgrim)to indtroduce somebody to comic books, especially somebody not into super heroes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jazmin Jade on September 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
Gah... just... gah.

I went into this with such high hopes, and every single one of them was shattered. I read other reviews and I am pretty convinced that I must have read it wrong. Out of everyone I know who read it (it was part of a comic book club which I will not be attending due to so much hatred I don't see the point in travelling so far for it), and out of pretty much all of the reviews I read, I am the only one who hated it. I actually got angry while I was reading.

It had its good points, the art was beautiful, the whole idea of the story was great, the writing that was there was also good, and the characters had sooo much potential, it just all fell short because the just the structure of the story was horrible. I felt like someone had gone through and ripped out pages and completely disrupted the whole story.

You would be reading along and then the story would suddenly be somewhere else without finishing what it was talking about in the first place and then never ever mentioned or completed again. This doesnt just happen in the back story, if anything I was more happy with that because you can do those kind of things to back stories. But it also happened to things that were happening in the present. You can't do that with things that are currently happening, how on earth are you supposed to follow or understand or even LIKE the story when that is happening.

As I said, Im the only one I know of that felt this strongly about it. If I have in fact read it wrong someone how please, pleeeaaasseee tell me because I really wanted to like this. If you would like to read it as well you can read it for free online on the Freakangles website.
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