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on 7 August 2011
This contains 3 unrelated Slaine 4-Prog shorts from 2000AD: "The Gong Beater", "The Smuggler", "The Exorcist" and a 3-Prog strip "The Mercenary". All are written by Pat Mills (natch) and paint'n'photoshopped by Clint Langley in his now somewhat waringly familiar "Book of Invasions" photo/art blending style, with help from John Hicklenton. No extra materials or notes other than an unremarakble introduction by Hicklenton but some nice sketches and full page spreads.

Scriptwise there is nothing special here. The most interesting is probably the final "Slaine: The Mercenary" strip, for the historical authenticity of the depicted "Murderball" game played by Celtic warriors before a battle to warm/blood up and psych out the opponents. Otherwise it is formulaic demon-slaying fanatasy tales pottering along going nowhere and lacking the cultural and pagan depth of previous Slaine.

Artwise, yes its pretty but doesn't really add anything to the Invasions art. I consider Ledroits traditional "Requiem:Vampyre Knight" illustrations , and even the early Dark Horse Conan pencils more impressive and rewarding than these Langleys photomontages.

The point of comics is that you can do anything. Blow up planets, massive battle scenes, outrageous monsters, impossible acrobatics and physiques. There are no constraints other than the artists drawing talent and the scripters imagination. But with Langley's new style, which increasingly feels like a photostrip, we see only that which can be easily photographed. So nobody rides horses and the human casts are limited and invariably inhabit open spaces. Since fully drawn human faces would not match the photographed visages, Slaine tends to be fighting reptile men and demons. Human characters very rarely occlude eachother and there is no possibility of the intwined and crossing limbs fight poses that form such a mainstay of conventional comiic slugfests. The charaters are almost always backgound-seperated and posed in insolation. No shadows or lighting. Once you have noticed this, it starts to grate and it is impossible not to recognise the style for what it really is. Ultra-cheap cut'n'paste animation that, while providing easy eye candy, ultimately leads the genre into a dead end. The future of CGI comics is 3D scene renders.

Summary: Its definately worth buying this book if you like Slaine because some of the images are undeniably strong and the book is very nicely produced with a robust hardcover and quality glossy colour stock. But there is nothing here to think about or serve the saga so I was essentially dissappointed with the work. I'm keen to see what the next artist will do with Slaine.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 3 August 2011
In my opinion one of the best ever 2000ad stories/ characters, and i have loved 2000ad since the very first issue.
Over the years the art work may have changed, become more visceral and at times gratuitous, but thats the fun of slaine, blood guts gore and violence, set against the simplistic yet complex world of a barbarian King.
My collection sits wrapped up against the financial apocalypse... or as a bequest to my granddaughter, but every now and again i cant resist adding to it with one of these new released editions, with new write ups, new art etc..

Loved this trip down memory lane... a real must for the fan of Slaine
(Parm)
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on 6 August 2011
Firstly item arrived quick, in perfect condition & at a knock out price. Back in the late 70s my comic reading habits were split between American sword`n sorcery mags like Savage Sword of Conan & those wonderful Frazetta art albums (in the name of god why did I not keep them) & 2000ad, S&S came & went after the first Conan film failed to make much of an impact, 2000ad continued & there was a character called Slaine but as he seemed to have what looked like to me a Mad Max stlye outfit & was in b&w (a style of artwork I was losing interest in) I just never got into it. Jump forward a decade to the early 90s & its the fag end of the late 80s comic/graphic novel boom & I come across the first instalment of The Horned God with art by Biz, it had a profound effect on me that still continues today, here was someone who had finally managed to make a frazetta style graphic novel, I would go on to buy the other 2 remaining instalments, a complete collected album, a hardback edition & another collected GN.

In 2008 I come across The Book Of Invasions Vol 3 & I am astounded in Clint Langley, here is an artist who has done the impossible by going above & beyond even Simon Bisley with his mix of painted & digital artwork, of course I collect Vols 1 & 2 Which are signed by both both Mills & Langley. Slaine The Wanderer is yet more stunning Slainehem, artwork style is less photo realistic than Books Of Invasions with faces being more painted realistic (the art style reminds me of another favorite artist of the English school-John Bolton). Ukko is also featured more heavly & with the exception of 1 frame there is no warp spasm, finally BOIs had a broader epic feel where as The Wanderer feels more like an epilogue (but still a classic one at that). With talk of Clint Langley hanging up his Slaine art (this is appearantly his last Slaine work) hopefully we will get to see other artists interprations of this amazing character. With the new Conan film out soon I really do feel Slaine shows Conan up to be a somewhat old fashioned last century charecter, as for Slaine The Wanderer I didn`t think it to many. Review by Major Easy (Simply Browns loyal partner).
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on 27 September 2014
Pat Mills excels again in another banging book about Slaine. You are a legend Pat Mills.
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on 23 September 2014
Slaine! Nuff said!
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on 4 November 2015
Slaine. Nuff said
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on 5 June 2012
For people who follow the Slaine sagas this book is a must, a most compelling storyline that leaves you wanting more. Written by the master himself Pat Mills and with superior artwork from Clint Langley that leaves you breathless at the intricacy and detail which really sets the mood for the story....You wont get a better mix of talent!!
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