2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Prog 582

The return of Slaine after over a year is, quite rightly, a big deal. Just look at that fully painted cover. Its composition is simple, yet terrific. But Slaine’s return is only three pages long and lasts just for this issue. What a jip.

In the strip itself, we pan out from a single corpse to see that it is part of a big pile of bodies. Then we pan in to see a heavily wounded but still living enemy being kicked in the face. There are only six words of text written by "A Mills" and they appear on the third page, it being a full splash of the kicker, Slaine, standing amongst the hundreds of corpses; “…He didn’t think it too many.” The art, by Glen Fabry, is gorgeous. I find myself wondering how much of this would have been lost had it been printed in the old format used before prog 520.

It turns out to be the prologue for Slaine the King, seven progs away. As teasers go, it’s undoubtedly amazing and, despite sitting at the end of a bunch of running thrills, is unarguably the best thing in this prog.

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  • Is it credited to Pat Mills? In the most recent Slaine The King collection, it's credited to Angie Kincaid, formerly Angie Mills.

    By Blogger Jez Higgins, at 6:46 pm  

  • Angie Mills was only involved with the first episode of Slaine which took around 2 years to complete. The editors kept sending the artwork back for changes to be made.

    I'd say this little spoiler was thrown in because Fabry was late...as usual...lol

    By Blogger Derek, at 7:56 pm  

  • I have to say that Pat Mills telling of it in the introductions to the recent Rebellion collections is rather different ...

    By Blogger Jez Higgins, at 9:09 pm  

  • But yes, I suspect little filler was because the rest was late.

    By Blogger Jez Higgins, at 9:09 pm  

  • Yes, it is credited to "A Mills", Jez. Like Derek, I thought she was only involved in the first story.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 8:19 am  

  • I've corrected the entry :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 8:21 am  

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