Bacchus: Volume 5
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Eddie Campbell’s wine-soaked masterpiece finally goes digital! This sprawling saga is now available on SEQUENTIAL in five volumes from Top Shelf.
Volume Five of Bacchus contains Book 9: King Bacchus and Book 10: Banged Up, with new notes from the author.
Bacchus is a wild and hilarious mythological adventure imbued with unparalleled social and political insight. It’s a story of a few Greek gods who have somehow managed to survive the last four millennia. And even though they’re the ‘wisest’ and most powerful beings on Earth, they can’t seem to rise above the whirlwind of petty grudges and skirmishes that bind them.
Spanning a decade of work, over a thousand pages, and several millennia of alcohol consumption, Bacchus is a true epic. It’s Campbell’s version of “an American-style comic book”, filtered through his own brilliant, whimsical, and wide-ranging sensibility. Blending action, comedy, suspense, and an ear for a great story, Bacchus brings the gods and myths of ancient Greece to modern life, as if they had never left.
“Though one often gets in trouble when saying things like this, I’d like to go on record as stating the following: ‘Bacchus is the ultimate comic book!’ Why? Because, by some creative miracle, it possesses every possible quality one could hope for: a unique and engaging art style; a brilliantly crafted and intriguing story; completely believable and captivating characters; an undercurrent of humor, sarcasm, and irony; a thought-provoking subtext full of social and political realism; a well-researched examination of history; and, yes … I’ll admit it! … superheroes. In its own weird way, Bacchus is actually a revisionist-superhero tale told in epic Greek proportions.” – Chris Staros, The Staros Report
Published in this version in July 2014
•Comic book website
“Exhilarating ... There are some creators who create work that is so personal, so unique, so completely their work, that it’s impossible to define it as being anything other than that person's work … Campbell's work always has an intelligence, a looseness and a rambling, wonderful spirit to it. His comics always have an energy that is uniquely his.”
•Author of Sandman and American Gods
“Bacchus mixes air hijacks and ancient gods, gangland drama and legends, police procedural and mythic fantasy, swimming pool cleaners and classics. It shouldn’t work, of course, and it works like a charm ... Eddie Campbell is the unsung king of comic books ... The man’s a genius, and that’s an end to it.”
The Comics Reporter
•Comics website and blog
“There's no artist working in comics today whose body of work I admire more than Eddie Campbell’s. His books are among a handful that you can read at your lowest point of respect and regard for the medium and after closing the final page come out fighting for any and all things comics.”