Friday, June 3, 2011

FreakAngels: The[/My] Gateway Drug To Webcomics

"Yeah, well. Been awhile since we took a chance. Part of growing up, right?" -Freakangels

Before I started reading FreakAngels, my only experience with webcomics was Questionable Content. I liked it and thought it was "cute" but it started to bother me that it seemed slightly soap-opera-ish and was taking forever to go anywhere. I've been told that it gets incredibly good but around comic 250, I decided to take a break and read Freakangels (this link starts you off from FreakAngels' beginning), the only other webcomic about which I knew.

I would never be the same. Seriously.

I believe that, at the time, four of the books were out. I devoured them, mercilessly, within less than 24 hours. I couldn't move, I couldn't do anything, until I was completely caught up. It was that good.

I quickly understood why I'd heard so much about Warren Ellis. This was different than anything else I'd read. It was new, it was refreshing, it was dark, it was sarcastic, and ohhhhhhh, it was British.

It inspired the rebirth of many interests from my past, particularly comics and sci-fi. And it made me crave everything Warren Ellis. Crooked Little Vein was my next read of his and it was fantastic. His first novel detailed a detective who is infintely more messed up than the suave archetypes of the genre. He's just a regular guy who's willing to do whatever it takes, even if- and perhaps especially if- it borders on the grotesque and sleazy. And for that, he's a hero. He's our hero.

I get sad whenever Ellis tweets about how FreakAngels is coming to an end. We're down to the last few episodes.  But we're promised future amazingness. He announced in April that he'll be writing Secret Avengers, for example.

So FreakAngels was my gateway back into comics. As you can tell from my blog, I didn't stroll back into the land of comics but dove headfirst. And for that, Warren Ellis, I thank you. I read his blog daily, I've talked to him several times via Twitter, I bought a signed copy of FreakAngels for Boyfriend's birthday, and I even got him to write a letter to Boyfriend for Valentine's Day since he's one of his favorite comic book writers. I have tons of his comics saved to my computer and his installment of Iron Man was the first motion comic I watched (as I described in a previous blog post).

Now is really the best time ever to get started on FreakAngels because, unlike those of us who are long-time readers, you can read every episode whenever you'd like and not have to painfully wait until noon WET (Warren Ellis Time) on Fridays to find out what happens next. Enjoy- I know that you will. Tell him Shellie sent you.