This quite literally made me dance around the room with pure unbridled joy. I seem to have been waiting for this ever since Banged Up finished in 2001 (?). That's a long time, even at my age. I have the whole of Bacchus in a bizarre hodgepodge of formats from a crazy number of publishers (all except The Face in the Bar Room Floor anyway), from Harrier, A1 and Trident floppies and semi-floppies to DHP to reprints in the back of Eddie's self-published line to several of the eventual TPBs, for many years constituting a quest in the comic shops of whatever city I happened to be in. But a proper, comprehensive, luxury treatment: oh yes indeedy.
Bacchus may be wildly uneven (it is), but for me it is one of the greatest comics projects of all time, the comic I wish more than any other that I myself had written (if not drawn). I've vanished down more rabbit holes chasing ideas and throwaway details from Bacchus than anything else I've ever read; I've been inspired to follow Bacchus around the islands of Greece on four wonderful occasions (including a holiday that changed my life completely) and hiked up and down innumerable hills to drink wine in his honour at temples and shrines in Greece and Italy; I've read and re-read everyone from Graves to Pharand on the myths that Campbell so effortlessly revitalises in the most deliciously convincing fashion, flagrantly revisionist and yet compellingly genuine; I've read Robbie Burns for the first time; I've taken up making my own wine; I've pondered and re-pondered the classical thesis that shapes the whole magnificent mess: everything starts out grand but turns to crap in the end, and there's never, ever, enough time. But it isn't that simple, is it? After all, what about the noble rot?
And naturally I've brushed my teeth with a dry Riesling (but just the once).
If you haven't read this, you must. And if you have read it, you should do so again. Either way, buy it, and support one of the greatest comics creators of all.
As good as comics get, and one of those things that could only ever be achieved in this medium.