COMIC REVIEW: Sláine: The Brutania Chronicles

Cover This is indeed the perfect starting point for Sláine newbies so if you’re new to this axe happy Celtic warrior, this one is most definitely for you.  Gorgeous art by Simon Davis sets of the familiar Sláine dialogue from Pat Mills beautifully.

ANCIENT ALBION. Celtic barbarian warrior Sláine united the tribes of the Earth Goddess and became the first High King of Ireland. After ruling for seven years, he fought for the Goddess, travelling through time to battle her enemies, before returning to save his people from the Fomorian sea devils. Now, he’s crossed over onto the isle of Monadh in an attempt to rescue Sinead from the evil clutches of the Drune Lords…

This brand-new chapter in the life of Sláine is the perfect jumping on point for new readers as writer Pat Mills (Marshal Law) transports the Celtic warrior to the ancient world of Albion. This book also introduces the fully-painted art style of Simon Davis (Ampney Crucis) to the strip for the first time.

After catching some thieves stealing treasures from the Goddess, Sláine embarks on a journey to get to the bottom of what’s going on.  Along the way, he meets Sinead who has escaped from the Drune Lords once but after she’s taken again, can she repeat the same feat?  Or will someone need to go after her?  And is that someone our axe happy warrior?  You bet your blood soaked moorland he is.  The Drune Lords do their best to stop him but when has that ever stood in Sláine’s way?  How about never.  With the shadow of his father forever following him and being used against him, Sláine journeys to Monadh to find the missing daughter of Kark, the man who ordered the theft of the Goddess’s treasures in the first place.  A much more complicated plot unfolds as he nears his destination, one of experimentation and evil that may leave you a little unsettled but is something that is deep rooted in the Sláine universe.

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It’s been far too long since I read any Sláine (shame on me) so I was absolutely delighted when I got the chance to read The Brutania Chronicles.  The axe wielding warrior has long been a favourite of mine thanks to the absolutely stunning artwork and Brutania does not disappoint.  Simon Davis does a sterling job with the art, each panel being just gorgeous.  The fully painted artwork has always been what has drawn me in to Sláine stories.  It’s a riot of colour and intricacy and I always find something new in the background whenever I re-read one of my graphic novels.  This story isn’t perhaps as detailed in the backgrounds as some of the previous Sláine installments, but it is just as beautiful.  As always for me, I had to re-read some of the dialogue as I didn’t quite understand it the first time around but then Pat Mills is the master at some seriously detailed story telling.  But don’t let that put you off.  The world building is as on point as ever and once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll be wandering around doing your housework sounding like you’re a resident of Ancient Albion yourself!

This is only book one and already I’m hooked so now I need to know what’s going to happen.  Book One ends on more than a bit of a cliffhanger so be warned that it’s going to leave you wanting more. Which is a good thing because there is no such thing as too much Sláine.

Title: Sláine: The Brutania Chronicles Book One

Publisher: 2000AD

Rating: 4/5

Reviewer:  Vix

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