I Wanna Be Literated! 113

I Wanna Be Literated! 113

Thursday, 16 June 2016

A critical evaluation of Bacchus Omnibus Edition Volume 1 by Eddie Campbell.

Like most of you, I only knew Eddie Campbell from his excellent work in Alan Moore’s From Hell; one of the most thematically rich comics ever written. But, not surprisingly of course, the man is at the helm of other remarkable works. Not least of which is Bacchus.

I had never heard of Bacchus, so I’m not here to be Mr. I-Told-You-So, but what I will say is that I was very impressed by the idea and execution of Bacchus Volume One. Fans of comics will certainly appreciate it for its weirdness, and fans of Eddie Campbell will absolutely devour it. The storyline is deceptively simple: Bacchus is the god of wine, and recently his life has taken an interesting turn as he finds himself on the run and in search of the Son of Poseidon and the Eyeball Kid, whose presence is driving our mad world a little madder. But really, this storyline is just a loose attempt to tell stories of Greek mythology, its colorful characters and all the crazy ass shit they get involved in, including adultery, betrayal, quests for power, and even bestiality. Campbell is not trying to outrage anyone; a quick visit to Wikipedia, and you’ll realize he’s just sticking to the outrageous stories of Greek mythology. These stories are ahead of their time in shock-value and serve to establish the Greeks as the original masters of drama. Of course, this is all brought to life by Campbell’s (and others) crude and majestic artwork: heavily contrasted and charmingly moody. Truly a sight to behold.

So strap yourself in if you’re going to read Bacchus Volume One, because it’s massive and fun. It’ll take quite chunk of your time to finish it. And now that I have, I can’t wait to do it all again for volume 2! [OLLIE OTTOMAN]


Bacchus Omnibus Edition Volume 1 is out now. Buy it here on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Bacchus-Omnibus-Ed-Gn/dp/1603090266/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1466092430&sr=1-1&keywords=eddie+campbell+bacchus

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