Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Day 2, Holiday Reviewarama SLAINE: DEMON HUNTER
Slaine: DEMON HUNTER
Written by Pat Mills.
Art by Glenn Fabry, Cam Kennedy, and Greg Staples.
Softcover, 160 pages, full color. Cover price $25.99.
Slaine is summoned by the Earth Goddess to travel through time and defend the Britons from Caesar's legions at the side of warrior queen Boudicca. But the Romans are not to be underestimated, especially with Slaine's old foe, the demon Elfric, at their side!
It would be true to say that I am a sucker for pretty pictures, and fine art. I am moved by beauty and there is no real point in denying that. As such, Slaine: DEMON HUNTER scores well with me. It has fantastic art with incredibly good standards of reproduction. The cover is both intense and speaks well to the standards of work within the pages. As to the story, well there is the real gem here. Slaine is a barbarian, he loves to be wild, kills with some glee, but he is a lover too. He cries for the things he will never see again. He worries that being moved through time to fight Caesar's Legions that he will never see home and his love again. The emotional content here is a major part of the success of the story telling, because while it is clever, it is also dark, and there is little to do but cringe at some of the bloodletting.
This is not for everyone. It borders upon an R rated film, but has real content, it is not explicit simply for the sake of that, but rather, to tell the story. So I give it a hearty recommendation, but with a caveat that some might think it excessive, in areas of violence, and even nudity.