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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Prog 1186 29/03/00

Because The Slog is rocketing towards its end, I’m looking at thrills a lot earlier in their runs than I might usually do. For example, Slaine The Secret Commonwealth is only four episodes in and here I am, already talking about it. In The Secret Commonwealth, Slaine returns to his tribe after his travels through time and his death. On his return however, he discovers that his tribe’s magic has been drained away from the land leaving them, basically, without their mojo.

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.

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  • Couldn't agree more about John Burns art its simply magnicient.

    Couldn't agree less on David Bircham its really not to may taste.

    I've said it before and I'll say it aga... well maybe not here actually.

    Viva la difference

    By Blogger Colin, at 7:29 pm  

  • John Burns ia always a Bristol Comic Fest with his wife. They are both really nice. Always pleasant to chat to. Bryan Talbot sporting a hangover and in need of his black coffee. Keep clear until the afternoon.

    I can't go this year as i'm off to Holland today until the 24th. Got a few gigs and shit. Comic fest is only like 10mins cycle away too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:27 am  

  • Ah, the eternal "which is the better Dante artist, Fraser or Burns" debate.
    It's as irreconcilable as today's government.

    By Blogger alexf, at 9:29 am  

  • Strangely this seems to be the first issue since Prog 2000 not to have someone thrusting a gun at the reader on the cover!

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 1:10 pm  

  • yeah that slaine art....


    more on that soon....

    By Blogger David page, at 1:22 pm  

  • Get you, Colin - Speaking French.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 3:38 pm  

  • i'll be there Rhino, selling copies of There's No Time Like The present and Book of Lists.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 3:39 pm  

  • Personally, Alex, I can't decide.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 3:39 pm  

  • Really, Victor? I'm so burned out that I can't even be bothered to check. :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 3:40 pm  

  • Wink, wink, David.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 3:40 pm  

  • for the most part they got the decision on which stories to give to Fraser and which to give to Burns. JB always seem to be a bit better on the epic war stuff, while Fraser was more suited to the stories concentrating more Dante as a solo player.

    By Blogger Derek, at 2:25 pm  

  • Fraser also draws those opulant building beautifully.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 11:36 am  

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