Prog 1188 12/04/00
Item: When I wrote about Missionary Man The Promised Land a couple of entries ago, I commented on how much better the story would be had we known more about the wider cast Preacher Cain is supposed to be helping. Well, in the final episode this prog, writer Gordon Rennie goes some way to rectifying that. We find out all about Josef Guzman as he gets an axe in the head, Mikhal Danr as a spear pierces his throat and Big Suh as he’s overwhelmed by mutants. Better late than never, that’s what I say.
Item: I’ve just noticed that David Bircham draws Slaine, the ancient Celtic warrior, wearing skin tight leather trousers. Don’t get me wrong, and I appreciate that these stories take place in a magical realm, but even skin tight leather trousers are probably beyond the capabilities of the tribal tailors of this time. Whatever next? Brainbiter being drawn to look like an electric guitar? He’s also wearing a pair of Bat Man styled leather forearm protectors which, although even more unlikely, look pretty cool.
Item: If there’s one thing I’ve learned from doing The Slog, it’s that there is absolutely no point trying to anticipate what’s going to happen in a John Smith scripted thrill. Take Pussyfoot 5 for example; you just have to accept that the bad guys are harvesting all of the creatures that hatched out of the infected passengers of a leisure space ship as weapons for an alien race. Just sit back and enjoy the crazy ideas and perfectly drawn bottoms.
Item: This is the last prog of 2000 AD that I have read for The Slog… EVER! I know, amazing, isn’t it? I can’t believe that it’s nearly all over. It feels a bit like the last day of term today. Anyway, please report back over the weekend for my farewell entry which, amongst other things, features news of how The Slog is continuing elsewhere and a message from an ex-Tharg.