British comic legend Eddie Campbell’s Bacchus established his reputation as “the most natural storyteller in comics”. A mythical, masterful, wide-ranging yarn, this 10 volume epic is now available digitally in 5 hefty volumes for the first time from Top Shelf’s DRM-free digital store and also the Sequential iPad app.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.
All ten books are now shown in glorious high-resolution across five volumes from Top Shelf, from Book One: Immortality Isn’t Forever through to Book Ten: Banged Up, and each book has introductory notes specially written for these editions by Eddie Campbell.
“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.” – Neil Gaiman
“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