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2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Prog 519


If it seems to you like I have barely mentioned Slaine the King in The Slog since it started in prog 500 it's because it has only run for about a third of the twenty progs since. And now that the current phase has come to its natural conclusion rather than experiencing an interruption due to poor scheduling, we learn that this is just the first book and there is more to come. Also, earlier episodes of Slaine the King Book One had six pages each but they quickly dropped to four. I don't know about you but the Slaine book hyped as being drawn entirely by Glen Fabry seems like a bit of a false start so far.

I am, of course, being slightly flippant. This run of Slaine has been as entertaining as it has always been if a little less mental (but then the Time Killer storyline is still relatively fresh in my mind). Slaine's trip around the signs of the Zodiac just prior to prog 500 set a touchy, feely, more hippy tone that seems to have carried on into the most recent yarn. Sure, he has had a warp spasm and chopped up a few Fomorians with his axe, Brain Biter, but on the whole Slaine the King Book One has been a story about fond reunion and, dare I say it, love.

This prog's episode ends with the promise that Slaine the King returns in full colour episodes before the end of the year. I don't remember this happening. Unless they are referring to what became known as Slaine the Horned God which doesn't appear for another year of two. But it is interesting that they would think that considering the format changes that 2000 AD is about to go through.

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2 Comments:

  • Prog 512 is the end of an era in my opinion. The last prog of its size on the poor quality newsprint paper we became so used to. After this, it was bigger size, better paper, soon more colour, and eventually full-colour. These seeming improvements correspond with the comic's decline in quality, which seems odd on the face of it, but the oddness can be explained. My theory is that the improvement in style led to the creators becoming too dependent on it thus leading to a loss of substance. This may well have been mainly unconscious: when the printed pages came out, they probably looked great. But the imaginative story-lines, characters, and dialogue were just not there as often (and in my view, are still not to this day).

    By Blogger Simon C, at 11:12 am  

  • Hi Simon. I touch on much of what you say in my entry for prog 520 today.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:17 pm  

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