SLAINE: THE BRUTANIA CHRONICLES 1 - A SIMPLE KILLING

PrintE-mail Written by Joel Harley

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: SLAINE: THE BRUTANIA CHRONICLES 1 - A SIMPLE KILLING / AUTHOR: PAT MILLS / ARTIST: SIMON DAVIES / PUBLISHER: 2000AD GRAPHIC NOVELS / RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 15TH

Celtic antihero Slaine returns, rebooted and made accessible for a brand new audience, accompanied by creator Pat Mills and new-to-the-character artist Simon Davis. Since the proliferation of the Game of Thrones TV adaptation and its Zeitgeist-level popularity, there's never been a better time for Slaine to whet his axe and find himself some brand new readers while he's at it.

This isn't quite the same Slaine as we met in The Horned God or the classic tales that came before or after. Apparently less aggressive, physically smaller, and a little more vulnerable, this reboot brings us a more personable Slaine than we might be used to. He doesn't even warp out in this collection. A 'bum', as new love interest Sinead describes him. Even Ukko isn't around for now, apparently left behind by Slaine, who deemed it unwise to let the dwarf within the vicinity of treasure. Understandable, if a shame – Ukko's reliably foul little presence is sorely missed here.

Which isn't to say that The Brutania Chronicles isn't a lot of fun. There's bloodshed aplenty as Slaine cuts a swathe through his new foes (including one legitimately awesome battle with a giant and his brilliantly-named axe), lopping off heads and snarling catchphrases as he goes on his merry way. The villains of the piece (originating, in typical 2000AD style, from a 'Tory' island) are a gruesome, nasty lot, enjoyably varied and well-illustrated. Drawing inspiration from lesser known English legends, Mills ensures that Slaine's adventure trundles on at a cracking pace, from beginning to end (of book one, anyway). Davis handles the artwork well, although his Slaine is a little longer in the face, less scary looking, and more glum than this reader would have liked. Still, his other character work, landscapes and action sequences are wonderful – reminiscent of Simon Bisley's work on The Horned God.

It takes a while to find its footing, but A Simple Killing emerges as a fine reboot of one of England's most interesting comic book creations. We give this first instalment of The Brutania Chronicles eight stars – and no, we do not think it too many.
 

SHARE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW OR ON TWITTER @STARBURST_MAG

Find your local STARBURST stockist HERE, or buy direct from us HERE. For our digital edition (available to read on your iOS, Android, Amazon, Windows 8, Samsung and/or Huawei device - all for just £1.99), visit MAGZTER DIGITAL NEWSSTAND.

CLICK TO BUY!

MORE FROM AROUND THE WEB:



Suggested Articles:
Since its main series came to an end, Batman 66, the comic book tribute to the much-loved Adam West
Blue Fox comics produce some of the most visually impressive and narratively interesting books in th
One of the interesting challenges that fledgeling comic book creators face is that people tend to un
One of the toughest things to do in the world of storytelling is to produce something that both adul
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Comic Book Reviews

ROYAL DESCENT #4 14 February 2017

BATMAN 66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN 77 08 February 2017

ROBYN (ISSUE ONE) 07 February 2017

BRETHREN BORN ISSUES 1 & 2 06 February 2017

HILO BOOK 2: SAVING THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD 03 February 2017

JUDGE DREDD – EVERY EMPIRE FALLS 27 January 2017

LITTLE GIRL BLACK #3 27 January 2017

THE MUMMY #3 20 January 2017

DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR VOL. 2 15 January 2017

DEFENDER 28 December 2016

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner