Hey we are back again for a comic review! This time it is the turn of Finn Book One. I have fond memories of Finn and was glad to pick up a free copy of Finn Book one. Set in modern day times Finn is a modern day version of Slaine (who I have a love hate relationship with). The Tale is written by Pat Mills and Tony Skinner, with artwork from Jim Elston and Kevin Wicks.
The opening pages show a pagan style ritual going on and we learn of the Newts, an alien race that came to Earth in the primitive days and separated man from nature. We also get introduced to Mandy, the high priestess and Paul who at the end of the ritual becomes Finn the Beast.
Finn's mission is to seek out the Newts and show them the errors of their way. The rest of the opening strip introduces us to the Shining Ones; helpers to the Newt's these creatures are human in form and have manipulated mankind's progress for centuries. Shining Ones are a cruel brunch of monsters and think of humans as mere cattle or play toys, to be abused and discarded at a whim.
The two in this opening strip for example, invented Poll Tax (google it kids) and are currently discussing the idea of implanting identity chips into humans. Now this is where the true story begins. The scene is Plymouth England and Paul (a.k.a Finn) is a taxi driver by day and a White Witch by night. As his day job draws to a close Mandy (the High Priestess), gives Paul the location of the two Shining Ones from the opener and tells him to kill them. At this point Paul dons the mask and becomes Finn the beast. Once fully equiped Finn looks like a Paramilitary soldier, his horned helmet comes with a built in gas mask and he also has a few witch tools to play with: like a spiral vine- for focusing magic and climbing, a Black Dagger- which at this point I have no idea what it does, but it's magical. Soon Finn is face to face with the Shining Ones and is getting his arse kicked! These guys have some crazy powers that let them manipulate humans at a cellular level. Downside to this is that when they power up they can't get too close to each other. This issue Finn uses to his advantage and tricks them into a trap, causing them to touch. The resulting effects was similar to a small nuke, causing the two Shining Ones to explode! After surviving the explosion, Finn slightly worse for wear returns to his car to find a beautiful women inside. This woman turns out to be possessed by Mandy and tells Finn this is just the first step on a path to killing a newt.
The final pages reveal where a Newt lives and sets us up for Book 2.
Overall I loved this comic, always been a big fan of Finn and was sad to find out the character had been retired, due to it being too much competition for Slaine to handle (dumb barbarian!). I'm now in the process of trying to find Book two so watch out for more Finn action. It has also inspired me to attempt to make rules for him in JDMG and have him face off against the Fighting Fishmen, so Finn shall return!