All the King's Horses, All the King's Men
|Title:||All the King's Horses, All the King's Men|
|Publisher:||Songs from the Sewers Press|
|Illustrator(s):||Suzan Lovett and Cat|
|Medium:||print zine, fanfic|
|Fandom:||The Sentinel plus some Kung Fu: The Legend Continues|
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This is the rest of "All the King's Horses", which was published in Love and Guns 13. The first 35 pages were printed in L&G13 but in a much different format and with some content changes.
There is a minor crossover: a character from Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. "[He] crosses paths with our guys on his way through Cascade. He wasn't plotted ahead of time; he just showed up and insisted that he had a part to play in their lives, refusing to leave until he had his say."
Reactions and Reviews
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