FreakAngels was a post-apocalyptic webcomic created in 2008 by Castlevania showrunner Warren Ellis and artist Paul Duffield, and published online and in collected book format by Avatar Press, also publishers of Bleeding Cool. It focuses on twelve 23-year-old psychics living in Whitechapel six years after civilization in Great Britain is destroyed by flood. How timely.
The story grew out of Ellis' question as to what would have happened if the Midwich Cuckoos had survived and grown to "disaffected and confused twenty-one-year-olds." The story builds on the legacy of John Wyndham's style of disaster fiction, by way of Edge Of Darkness and on the set of Eastenders. The series ran for 144 episodes, completing in 2011 and was collected in 6 volumes.
As the story progresses, eleven of the FreakAngels are introduced and their role in the community is expanded. For the most part, cooperatively they have created a small community of roughly three hundred people with fresh water, watchtowers, markets, home-grown vegetables and a medical clinic. Their society is threatened, however, externally from refugee attacks and internally from personal conflicts and crime.
And today we got the first look at a Crunchyroll Studios Production based on the comic. You know what that means… everyone head to eBay.
Avatar published the six volumes in paperback and hardcover. They only published one print run of each – though odds are they'll have to go back to the mill soon. But they still have all of them still in stock, and will be listing them again in upcoming Diamond Previews. That's if they have any left.
Currently on eBay there is a signed collection of all 6 hardcovers going for £140. A collection of all 6 paperbacks recently went for $50. But individual paperbacks mostly go from $10 to $20 with hardcovers from $20 to $30.
I wonder how long that will last?