Gyre Traditions and Interruptions (1998 Abaculus) comic books 1938 or later
Written by Martin Shipp, Art by Mare Laming. An immortal, armored woman considers the champion she will choose to safeguard humanity. A young man reflects on the mystical powers he has been given and his mission to protect and avenge the souls of all those who died before their time. A female assassin accepts a mission. What do these three events have to do with one another? Its not obvious in this short, cryptic prelude to Gyre: Harmless Childrens Toy, but mysteries put forth here are interesting, especially when the armored woman muses, This [champion] will be…one for whom the role will mean unique duties, to be executed in exceptional ways. With a line like that, one wonders what will happen next. This special was distributed at the 1998 San Diego Comic-Con as a preview to the ongoing Gyre series from Marc Laming and writer Martin Shipp. 8 pages, B&W. Cover price $0.99.