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February 24, 2005

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Posted at February 24, 2005 04:00 PM

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I missed Cynosure so much! Thanks for bringing me back. All of my old issues are locked in my basement. Have most of the run, not counting Starslayer and some of the issues in the middle. I'll probably pick up all the trades anyway, as they fit more easily on a bookshelf.

Still a little confused about Jim Twilley. What's going on with him?

And of course, Munden's Bar is a place I'd love to visit again!

Posted by: Fad23 at February 25, 2005 04:10 PM

I have waited over ten years for this moment, the return of John Gaunt, the return of Cynosure. The return of Ostrander and Truman. I am in fanboy heaven. It's awsome to see the return of he old bastard John Gaunt in a prequal story to all the great First comics issues.

All the nods to pop culture and such especially 'Romeroville' was great! Can't wait to find out what happens next!

Is there a chance that once this run is over that we'll get to find out how Grimjack is reincarnated? I loved the James Twilley stories and as First was going under I remember rumors of 'Twins'.

Posted by: Spirk at February 26, 2005 04:57 PM

I just want to say it is great to see John Gaunt again. Mr. Ostrander has lost none of his delicate touch with this most PC of characters... wait a minute, wrong book. Damn but this book rocks big time. And Mr Truman rocks right along with the art. It is great to see this book(and American Flagg as well) escape the black hole First Comics disappeared into.

Posted by: Carey Whealer at February 27, 2005 04:23 AM

Good issue... Still can't believe Gaunt is back after so many years. It makes me excited to read comics again. Hope this run lasts forever (well, a really long time, anyway).

Posted by: Borges at February 28, 2005 11:32 PM

What a fantastic issue, it's getting better if not a little rushed. Would like to see more of Chaney (I know the last page did more than that) and maybe explain just why GJ would feel that he could take up the name in future years. Any news on the arrival of a second series yet??

Posted by: ian neve at March 1, 2005 10:21 AM

I admit to being new to Grimjack, I heard about it from both Beau Smith and Jimmy Palmiotti, and decided to check it out.

I have to admit, I love it. The ambiance of Cynosure, Tim Truman's art, and John Ostrander's writing are all very, very good.

Kudos for being able to bring it out of legal limbo. I'll keep reading for sure.

Posted by: Taylor Millard at March 2, 2005 01:04 AM

Boy, I was thinking that this dimension would never drift back into Cynosure! It's really a pleasure to visit Munden's bar again and to watch John Gaunt do "his thing" again. Great look on Gaunt's face when Fangs showed him her "special move"...oooohhhh cold!!!! I was a fan of GrimJack "back in the day" and have always hoped that he would return.

Thanks for the ride, hope it's a long one!

Posted by: Curtis Takahashi at March 4, 2005 03:58 PM

It's been such a long time since the doors to Munden's Bar were padlocked, seemingly for good. But those doors? Be open again. Brisk, energetic storytelling. Gritty, gorgeous art. Damn, John Gaunt, how I missed ya.

"Romeroville"? Heh.

Welcome back, boys. First round's on me.

Posted by: Adoresixtyfour at March 7, 2005 03:24 PM

I, like most of the fans posted on your website, am just elated that you've finally brought John back. I was there at the start and hope Grimjack's around for a long time to come. Killer Instinct has been a good read, but there's just not enough pages in the books for me. Keep em coming, and remember, Mundens Bar is where it are!!

Posted by: kevin kukan at March 9, 2005 07:33 AM

I was finally able to pick up Grimjack: Killer Instinct #1 and #2 yesterday and I am very satisfied with how well you have brought John back. I discover Grimjack in 1989 and thus was able to read great chunks of story in one bite as I frantically bought back issues. What was (and is) the best quality of Grimjack is the feeling of one man's story. I am a fan of pulp fiction and film noir and the consistancy of character is amazing over so many stories. So when I picked up the "new" comic my expectations were really at the "pleasant nostalgia" level. If you just took me back to Cynosure for a visit, that would be enough. Instead I find myself dropped "exactly" back into John Gaunt's world. Characters and feelings I haven't thought about for years were present in my mind. If this were a new comic I would be handing to my friends as some of the best noir comic writing I have seen recently. I think especailly fans of Sleeper would really like John's world and I hope we can get the word out. I also am thrilled that Tim Truman is doing the art. Having seen his work first on Grimjack, no one else could drop me so fast back into the strange Wild West/1930's Chicago/Blade Runner city that Cynosure is like Tim can. Thank you for keeping our dream alive and waiting until you could do it right.

Posted by: John at March 10, 2005 12:25 PM


Here's hoping you aren't tired of hearing "Damn! This new GJ series is incredible!"

I'm an old fan, read it all from Buried Past through
the lamented end of run. I am truly thrilled to be able to "phase in" to the City where the Dimensions Meet again, after all these years.

That said, I have to say that you have obviously not forgotten a damn thing about HOW to write GrimJack. Solid storytelling, tight dialogue complete with the humor I always loved...You suceeded also in making GJ readily accessible to a newbie (my wife & daughter).

The real treat was for an established fan, the same way in that the LOTR films were cooler if one had read and loved the books. I was immensely pleased to see Roscoe, Dancer, Mayfair and even that weasel Crayne. Also nice to learn how Ros got teh eyepatch, and where the cloned Gaunt got the alias of Joe Chaney from. Damn cool, John.

And Tim's art! It's improved a thousandfold, and that's saying something. I'll admit to thinking that the Dancer as drawn in "Trade Wars" and all the existing issues as not all that impressive looking. Suffice to say, my mind is now changed, and the finest fighter the Arena ever saw now looks the elegant killer he always should have been. Oh, and Mayfair! Anton Mayfair looked great. The intro shot of him was pleasingly sinister.

Guys--PLEASE keep up the good work! The first two issues are great. I'll buy 'em if ya'll make 'em.

Jim de Witt

Posted by: James de Witt at March 10, 2005 01:59 PM

I was looking at the merchandise over at cafepress and saw a Grimjack thong. That's all sorts of wrong...

Posted by: Borges at March 15, 2005 12:32 AM

I was looking at the merchandise over at cafepress and saw a Grimjack thong. That's all sorts of wrong...

Blame Ostrander. He mentioned to me while I was putting together merchandise to hawk that he wanted a Bob thong. It was early in our working relationship, he didn't know you should make such idle comments around me.

Gold should have known better and stopped me, but he had barbecue in front of him and was distracted.

Posted by: Glenn Hauman at March 15, 2005 01:04 AM

I've always liked GrimJack. I was sad when it disappeared and no GrimJack game ever evolved. I do think $5 for what feels like a half-sized issue is a little much though. At this rate I will probably just wait for the collected paperback, as it will probably have extra bonus stuff and I'm sure it will have 12 issues worth of story for under $60. If I could subscribe for about $2 an issue I would do that, but IDW doesn't seem to support subscriptions.

I also miss the other story in back, whether Munden's Bar or some other Cynosure tale. I am glad that the old material will not be rehashed but I do wonder how the story will transition through GrimJack's timeline. Offhand I am guessing each "in the past" story will be treated like a different mini-series.

If you have mutliple ideas for what secondary type of story to do I hope you select something about the Demon Wars from someone else's perspective or backstories for the secondary characters that would otherwise never be told.

Thanks for coming back though. GrimJack has been missed. Then again, with his curse I guess he didn't really have a choice.

Posted by: Zyphus at March 18, 2005 09:13 AM

Hey, now they do have subscriptions, and about $30 for all 6 issues of the miniseries! That's more than I want to pay for the comic, but about right for a six-issue paperback. Hmm, will the letter page be exciting enough to be worth the difference? Will each issue have 22 pages of story, 2 pages of letters, and 8 pages of ads? That's 25% advertising, including the back cover. While analyzing issue #1 I want to add I really like how the interior cover is used. I hope the back inside cover can someday be a geomorphic map of part of cynosure or a one page Munden's Bar story.

Posted by: Zyphus at March 20, 2005 01:01 AM

Hi, I'm one of those guys. The guys that didn't buy Grimjack back in the day as it was coming out. I'm the guy that one day was digging through back issue bins at a con and found some comic with Tim Truman's art on the cover looking back at him. It looked damned interesting. To be honest, I thought it was a space/western of some sort. I found the first four issues in that box and devoured them later that night. I was a fan for life. I spent the next six or seven years tracking down everything I could find on the character, every appearance. It was like the character and the idea(which was brilliant) was made for me. About a year ago, I found the last issue I needed to have the whole run, issue 56 for some strange reason. So I was done, and pretty pissed off actually. I kept looking for something about the character coming back, but found nothing. Then a local comic shop owner who knew my "problem," told me about the new issues coming out. Now go forward to this week and I pick up my comics. I saved Grimjack for last. And it was WELL WORTH IT!!! Great job guys. I've been collecting comics for at least 20 years and this is the first time I've ever felt the need to write anyone. Grimjack is one of the most unusual characters in comics and here's a big welcome back from a devoted fan.

Linn Haynes

Posted by: Linn Haynes at March 20, 2005 11:56 PM

As I was going to pick up my comics today, I was remembering that excellent comic Grimjack. I was thinking about how much I missed it in this era of corporate comics.

Imagine my surprise when I saw on the rack a new issue of Grimjack and with Tim Truman as the artist too! I quickly snatched both #1 and #2 and put the whole thing on my saver list.

I have to say that the Story and art is wonderful. A mix of what thought that I already knew and stuff that is new. I am completely enjoying the story and I can't wait for more. Thank you for bringing my favorite comic back!!!

Tasha :D

Posted by: Tasha Greenbottle at March 24, 2005 06:44 PM

this is one of those weird i cant believe it tales but i swear i told someone just the other nite that i wished they would bring grimjack back and they clues me in on the website talking about the new collection of stories killer instinct.......it was great to have all the stories in one volume ....neither artist nor writer has done anything but improve....i was immediately swept back to my misspent youth with the original series......i wondered how john would get around the way the series ended with jim dying and all but then remembered ..this is cynosure after all where time and space mean nothing.....was wonderful to see some of those blanks filled in in gaunts life......im rambling...sorry...realllly realllly loved it ...more more wiz

Posted by: wizard at March 2, 2006 08:26 PM

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