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2000 AD Prog Slog

Monday, December 14, 2009

Prog 961 19/10/95

It’s a busy time for 2000 AD which is why I haven’t covered Slaine’s current run until now. This prog features part 4 to Lord of Misrule which is a continuation from The Name of the Sword which is a continuation of previous stories in which Slaine travels through time as a warrior for the Goddess. Currently, he’s in the eleventh centaury masquerading as Robin Goodfellow. I don’t know about you, but I think that if he keeps going he’ll end up in the future hanging out with the ABC Warriors or amalgamating into Finn.

In Lord of Misrule and The Name of the Sword, his mission is to locate the sword of the Blood God and to learn his real name. While Slaine runs around chopping Normans up with his axe and eating uncooked bull flesh for the divine visions it causes (of course, why didn’t he do this earlier?) the real engaging narrative is that of nunnery bound Sister Marian, the reincarnation of his wife, Niamh. Sister Marian is in turmoil, torn between her loyalty to the false Christian god (the real one) and the real goddess (the false one). In this episode, she eventually flees the nunnery, tearing her clothes off as she goes (corr!) before being stopped by the appearance of Christ, stigmata and all. Naughty, naughty Pat Mills.

I’m enjoying this run of Slaine stories; they seem more memorable than the other post Horned God tales I’ve read for The Slog so far. Slaine has become a likable character again, re-established as a man’s man for all the ages, and writer Pat Mills seems to be enjoying himself which always shines through. Art wise, Greg Staples fully painted work on The Name of the Sword was too Bisley-like for my taste; great looking when the reproduction was up to the job but often too murky and dark. Clint Langley’s work on the Lord of Misrule has been great though. Not fully painted but more traditionally drawn and everyone benefits for it.

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4 Comments:

  • yes i really liekd the langly. Although I couldnt help feeling it had been badly photocopied before being coloured and it really affected the line work. I would like to see this in black and white.

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 6:07 pm  

  • Have to be honest Slaine is on a steady downward spiral for me at this point. With a slight, but brief up turn in 'Treasures of Britain' (which I'm not sure the Slog will reach????). Taking Slaine out of his home may have expanded settings for stories but not the stories themselves which steady had less and less to say.

    By Blogger Colin, at 7:06 pm  

  • Victor, I wander if he's attempting a McMahon sccratchy style :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 4:40 pm  

  • Colin, overall, and according to memory, I agree with you, although this story is fun so far.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 4:40 pm  

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