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Author Topic: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain  (Read 4057 times)

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Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« Reply #30 on: 22 April, 2021, 01:56:13 PM »
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Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« Reply #31 on: 22 April, 2021, 02:19:56 PM »
Oh yeah, almost forgot Slaine, LOL! I wonder what revisions were made to this final episode in the end? Just the addition of the final page? It would be nice to find out one day.

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Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« Reply #32 on: 22 April, 2021, 03:39:29 PM »
Maybe the next sketch competition should be 'Finish a current 2000 AD strip in one frame'...

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Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« Reply #33 on: 22 April, 2021, 03:43:15 PM »
Maybe the next sketch competition should be 'Finish a current 2000 AD strip in one frame'...

That would certainly be fun - get an entry in and you never know you could decide it!

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Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« Reply #34 on: 22 April, 2021, 04:04:45 PM »
Speaking of one panel endings, is The Mean Team the worst ending we've ever had? It sticks out for being so hilariously sudden, then there's Meltdown Man's "It was all a dream"...  I was personally quite disappointed by Dante having a bit of a non-ending but it's not in the same league as those two.
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Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« Reply #35 on: 22 April, 2021, 04:39:38 PM »
Yeah, Meltdown Man was 48 instalments of genius bookended by a trite set-up and resolution. The original run of Invasion concluded pretty abruptly too, didn't it? A standard episode that ended with the US forces arriving all of a sudden to oust the Volgans.

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Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« Reply #36 on: 22 April, 2021, 04:51:13 PM »
Speaking of one panel endings, is The Mean Team the worst ending we've ever had? It sticks out for being so hilariously sudden

Yes, totally agree. Especially galling as those seven pages of Mean Team's first episode are a masterclass in storytelling: peerless world building; multiple character sketches; team hierarchy explained; Bad Jack's motivation hinted at; a full semi final that shows us rules of play then a phenomenal ("Now pick up the flag and let's hit the showers") cliff hanger.

Incredible.

Contrast that with the final frame of Return of the Mean Team...I mean it's enough to make you weep.

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Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« Reply #37 on: 22 April, 2021, 06:32:25 PM »
So. Farewell then
Slaine.

After thirty-eight years.

You did not
think it too many.

Neither did Pat Mills.

Until just now,
obviously.

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Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« Reply #38 on: 22 April, 2021, 06:39:54 PM »
I suppose he could be persuaded to write some more, but it would be a big axe.

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Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« Reply #39 on: 22 April, 2021, 07:09:17 PM »
I suppose he could be persuaded to write some more, but it would be a big axe.

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Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« Reply #40 on: 22 April, 2021, 07:15:38 PM »
I suppose he could be persuaded to write some more, but it would be a big axe.

He might need the money to feather his nest.

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Blackhawk's also in the running for sudden endings - first he gets teleported off Earth at the end of his Starlord run, then he gets soul-sucked out of the space-arena setting, then he gets entirely forgotten for the Ursa & Zog mushroom forest adventure because they're more interesting and finally chucked into a black hole strapped to some kind of galactic dream catcher. Comic's on drugs, man.
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Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« Reply #41 on: 22 April, 2021, 07:53:58 PM »
Well I thought that last episode of Slaine (especially that final page!) was a good ending. It did feel like a few episodes squeezed into one, but considering how drawn out some recent Slaine has been, I kinda liked that too!
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Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« Reply #42 on: 23 April, 2021, 11:36:44 AM »
The always magnificent Oglaf spoils future episodes of Thistlebone.

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Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« Reply #43 on: 23 April, 2021, 02:38:27 PM »
Always best to be careful - I got kicked off the Weekend Gardening forum for posting this absolute smut:

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Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« Reply #44 on: 26 April, 2021, 09:10:12 AM »
Couldn't let the likely end of Sláine go without comment.

The strip was key in my exploring my own identity and provided so many great story moments and arcs. It rightly deserves its place among the greats of the comic. Right up to the end its had some of the best artists doing some of their best work. I can't claim to have always enjoyed Pat's more decompressed style in a weekly format but it generally holds together read in whole form.

I can't think of a satisfying way to finish the story, but Dragonslayer, as TB points out, entirely fits what it's been about. The 'open' ending was a fitting exit, leaving Sláine with a purpose to keep going even against the tide of history and we are spared his final (mortal) demise so he remains a legendary character.

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