Comic Review 232 // Slaine: The Books of Scars by Pat Mills

Heading back into Slaine by Pat Mills. I recently received some more Warlord Games Slaine models, and as the collection grows, I know I must embark on a quest to paint the line and play a game. I am hoping the comics will invigorate me into action.

Title: Slaine: The Book of Scars (Book 14 in the series).

Author: Pat Mills

Art: Mick McMahon, Glenn Fabry, Simon Bisley, and Clint Langley

Blurb: Marking 30 years of the Celtic barbarian’s adventures, this special anniversary book brings together a new story from creator Pat Mills and the biggest artists to have worked on Sláine over the past three decades.

Debuting in 1983, Pat Mills and Angela Kincaid’s seminal Celtic hero is one of the most popular British comic book characters ever.

Along with his odious sidekick Ukko the Dwarf, Sláine has endured 30 years of trials across the ages as he has served the Earth goddess, Danu, both as High King of Ireland and as a time-travelling warrior.

This beautiful book is a fitting tribute to three decades of fantasy adventures, infused by Mills with the mythology of Ireland and a healthy anti-authoritarian attitude.

The Book of Scars is a special anniversary story which sees Sláine return to the most pivotal moments of his life where he has to face off against his greatest foes – all beautifully rendered by Mick McMahon, Glenn Fabry, Simon Bisley, and Clint Langley, the artists who secured the character’s name in the annuls of British comics history and who returned for this special one-off story.

This book also collects every Sláine cover ever to grace the front of 2000 AD, as well as some stunning pin-ups, sketches and rarities. Artists, writers, editors, and famous fans all contribute their own thoughts on what makes Sláine such a great cover star for the legendary British weekly comic.

With a brand new afterword from comedian and writer Graham Linehan, this great collector’s item is not to be missed by fans of great storytelling, art and warp spasms everywhere!

Format: Kindle 192 pages

Buy on Amazon via Kindle


Let's be clear this book is 50% story and 50% artwork and gallery. It is a shorter tale than most, but to weigh off against this, it is filled with beautiful art. Great for inspiring miniature painting, but not great if you are looking for an adventure.

The story itself was okay, mostly filler allowing the reader to delve back into older Slaine adventures. I imagine this would be great if you were a long-time reader of 2000 AD, having enjoyed the tales for over 30 years. As a binge-reading idiot who has been working through the titles over the last year, not so great. It felt like a lazy sitcom show that uses past episodes as filler.

The book's second half was enjoyable as it showcased all the amazing Slaine covers from 2000 AD and even had artist commentary on it. This is going to be extremely useful as a reference guide when it comes to painting.

Overall I recommend his title to true Slaine fans, but if you are lucky enough to get a hardback version, know that I am genuinely jealous, as I would love to own a copy.

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