[Slaine: The Books of Invasions: v. 3(Hardcover)] – (Pat Mills, Clint Langley)
The third volume in the stunning “Books of Invasions” series collects books 5 and 6. The standard of artwork is again fantastic and the stories are top notch too. I really enjoyed both the books. The first book “Odacon” is a very satisfying conclusion to the battle with his adversaries and ends with Slaine setting off to look for his son. Slaine finds his son working in a freak show in the second book “Carnival”. The story in this book is a bit of a departure from the other books in that it takes the form of a bit of a murder mystery. The story and artwork in this story are probably the best in the series. (ISBN-13: 978-1905437306). 8/10.
[Slaine: The Books of Invasions : Scota and Tara v. 2 (Hardcover)] – (Pat Mills, Clint Langley)
The second collection picks up nicely from where Volume One left off and it includes Books 3 and 4 of the Books of Invasions. Another well written and easy to read story with visually stunning art that is especially impressive on the monsters. Like the first two books there is plenty of gore and nudity but it is all tastefully done. Despite the unbelievably high quality art in the Book of Invasion series one thing has started to irritate me a bit while reading them. The faces of the characters in the book often don’t have appropriate expressions for the action or dialogue and they seem to be looking in random directions rather than at whatever the particular frame is concentrating on. In some ways it reminds me of those cheezy photo love stories you used to see in comics in the 70’s where the pictures and actors impressions never quite seemed to match the subject of the frame. Its only a minor niggle however and no doubt it is a by product of the digital manipulation. I reckon if you were to look carefully at the book you would find that the facial art is re-used a lot. It’s the only possible way Langley can maintain this level of detail otherwise each frame would take many many hours to draw. Special mention has to go to the Bonus Covers section of this volume where the art is absolutely stunning. (ISBN-13: 978-1904265924) . 7/10.
[Slaine – The Books of Invasions: Moloch and Golamh v. 1 (Hardcover)] – (Pat Mills, Clint Langley)
I used to read Slaine many years ago in 2000AD but it never looked like this. The artwork in this book is very detailed, colorful and unusual. Apparently Clint uses a combination of conventional art and digital manipulation to achieve the lush and often bizarre pictures. What you end up with is a comic strip with art quality and detail that would normally only be reserved for cover art. The two stories in this book are both very enjoyable and extremely violent. Classic Pat Mills work with grotesque characters and situations. (ISBN-13: 978-1904265825). 7/10