Did you hear that sound? It was my heart breaking!
At the end of the latest issue of Battlepug, number five, The Last Kinmundian and his trusty Battlepug took a wonderfully heroic (and unexpected) decision that left them (and us) on an almighty cliffhanger.
Only to then read on the letters page, between the lovely pictures of readers' own pugs, that this is the title's last issue... possibly for some time.
I get the impression that maybe sales weren't what they were hoping for to justify an ongoing comic, but writer Mike Norton promised the characters would return, and their adventures, continue eventually, possibly in a miniseries or trade paperback.
When I tweeted my grief to Mike, he very swiftly replied:
It will be back. Just figuring out when/how. Sorry to leave it like that! https://t.co/9aiR3Z6jDE— 🍺MIKE NORTON🍺 (@themikenorton) January 12, 2020
Battlepug was my most glorious comic book discovery of last year.
It was love at first read. The pages glow with positivity and invention.
In a landscape of retreads and reboots, Battlepug was a shining light of originality.
Unlike anything I've read before, it was light-hearted, clearly not taking itself overly seriously, yet still maintained its fantasy genre chops, mixing potentially silly ideas with an epic storyline and beautifully realised, fully-rounded, characters.
The first five issues are being collected as Battle Pug, Volume One: War On Christmas, to be released on February 19, and I highly recommend that anyone who hasn't already been exposed to the majesty of Battlepug should pick this up.
Meanwhile, I shall be seeking solace with the pages of The Compugdium, a beautiful hardback collection of the characters' early adventures, previously published as a webcomic.