Prog 1186 29/03/00
Slaine’s travels through the eras weren’t as successful as previous stories and so returning him to his tribe, particularly as the flashback tales to his years as High King had proven to be better, makes total sense. What I find most interesting about the thrill at this time is the art by David Bircham. We’ve grown used to a fully painted art being deployed on Slaine so it’s surprising to see a more contemporary style being used. Bircham’s work is big and spacious and it looks as if Pat Mills is scripting the story taking this into account. The result, so far, is a refreshing reading experience.
Also hitting part four this prog is Nikolai Dante The Rudinshtein Irregulars or, as it’s also known, Tsar Wars (somebody must have been really pleased with themselves when they came up with that one). All out war has broken out in the empire and Dante, as usual, is trying to do the right thing by everyone.
It’s undoubtedly another engaging script by Robbie Morrison (that I won’t see the end of this time) but it’s the art that wins this for me. Co-creator Simon Fraser is drawing the current Judge Dredd story which might seem wrong to some Squaxx dek Thargo when he could be drawing Dante. However, John Burns more traditional art style, certainly when compared to Bircham’s Slaine work, looks stunning to me. Just look at the cover to Prog 1183 he painted reproduced alongside today’s entry. That’s how good the artwork looks all the way through. No offence to Fraser, but I’m glad it worked out this way on this occasion.