A successful novelist by day, Hunter Rose becomes the unstoppable assassin Grendel by night, the leader of a vast criminal empire opposed by the mysterious wolf Argent. Containing the black-and-white interiors and full-color covers of Primer #2 and Grendel #1-3 originally published by Comico, this handsome hardcover volume is an essential piece of comics history, presenting the earliest work of Matt Wagner, the legendary creator behind such acclaimed projects as Mage, Sandman Mystery Theatre and Batman: The Monster Men among many others.
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In 1984, Matt Wagner began including a backup feature in his ongoing Mage series. This feature retold the origin of his character Grendel, based on the 1982 - 1983 stories in Comico Primer #2 and Grendel # 1-3. This retelling was eventually collected as GRENDEL: DEVIL BY THE DEED, but the original stories remained out of print, and it was rumored that they would never be collected due to Wagner's embarrassment at the quality of his earlier work. Well, now we have evidence to the contrary with the release of the hardcover GRENDEL ARCHIVES, and Wagner makes a point to dispel any rumors in the introduction, inviting the reader to judge for themselves.
The story follows the rise of Hunter Rose, celebrity novelist and international fencing champion. Of course, Hunter has another side: the master criminal and assassin Grendel. He will stop at nothing to expand his empire, even though he is opposed by the bizarre wolfman known as Argent. While the difference in quality between...
Over the last 30 years Matt Wagner's Grendel series has developed into a complex generational and multi-layered saga incorporating everything from urban crime, to post-apocalyptic horror to social satire. But the original stories that launched the series have been long out of print.
This book corrects that oversight by reprinting the first Grendel stories from 1983 and 1984. The stories are interesting, but ultimately disappointing. They tell the story of Hunter Rose, a prodigy who is a success at everything he tries. Bored he ultimately turns to assassination and crime working his way up to becoming New York's ultimate mob boss.
I remember reading years ago the Wagner did not want these reprinted because of the low quality but his introduction makes it clear that was not the case, he didn't want them reprinted because the story was never finished. The first Grendel series lasted only 3 issues and ended on a cliffhanger. The full story of Hunter Rose...
You just do not see much about the wildly popular Grendel Comics from Comico written by Matt Wagner and the Pander Brothers. Nor is it easy to find many of the early books written by Matt Wagner on his own. That is unfortunate, but maybe it is time for a new generation to discover the character. Dark Horse and Matt Wagner have been slowly releasing their works back into circulation which is a very good thing to do. The premise of the Grendel series was that various people snap and then take on the character exacting bloody revenge on the problems and issues of the day. Some are darker than others, some explore human issues, those times where we could be stronger about our principles and morals but fail abjectly.
The Archive Edition is the first primitive run at what would end up becoming the basis for Devil by the Deed. This early portrayal, the stirrings of a comic book artist is clearly seen amidst the poor beginnings of what he was doing. There is nothing more...
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