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Grendel: Warchild (Grendel)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  316 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Grendel is one of comics' most provocative characters. From the beginning, Matt Wagner's stories have won critical and popular acclaim. This long-awaited continuation of the storyline picks up several years after the events of Grendel #40 and the death of Orion Assante. Ten-year-old Jupiter Niklos Assante, heir to the throne of the Grendel-Khan, is kidnapped from the retre ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published November 16th 1993 by Dark Horse Books
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Grendel: War Child is not only my favorite Grendel book, but also one of my favorite comic book stories. The story of Grendel Prime protecting the son of the Khan, from not only within, but from the uncertainty of the road. It is an action packed story of survival and redemption in the post-apocalyptic world that is part of the Grendal storyline.
It's hard to start anywhere but the beginning with Grendel, but this collection is how I first discovered and became obsessed with Matt Wagner's great creation.

There's a lot of backstory, but the setting is the 26th century in a world united under the Grendel banner. Orion Assante, the first Grendel Khan, has died and his power-hungry wife has seized control of the empire and claimed herself regent until Jupiter Assante, the Khan's only son, is old enough to claim his title. However, she has no
Phil Keeling
Oh, Dark Horse. How I love your disturbing picture books.

It's true: my admiration for Grendel: Warchild cannot be properly summarized without pointing out that when I was growing up, there were essentially three comic book publishers: DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse. You could pick up an issue or two of any number of books--usually missing issues here and there due to the fact that we were kids and some of our moms refused to take us to the comic book store every Wednesday. Bless my mom's heart: the
Jan 28, 2015 Jenna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jenna by: Conrad
A surprisingly fun romp through a vaguely-dystopian world chock full of vampires, cyborgs, and zombie mutant hybrids of some sort. While I felt a bit lost in the beginning, I was pulled right along into the story, which had an off-beat humor that reminded me of the Serenity graphic novels. Jupiter's mother was also quite entertaining.

I couldn't help but think that Grendel was Spiderman in his symbiote suit, perhaps after he'd stolen Scarlet Spider's webshooters, which was enforced by his usual
Shannon Appelcline
War Child (41-50). One of my favorite Grendel stories, probably because it was the first one I read. However, the visual storytelling is really stunningly good, often telling in pictures what many people would instead use words for. It's also beautiful (especially the covers!). I also love seeing the evolution of the society that was depicted in the previous arc, especially since its inclusion is so subtle here. The story itself is enjoyable too; Wagner does a good job of communicating the frene ...more
War Child is a story about Grendel Prime, a cyborg created and trained by the Grendel Kahn, Orion Assante. Grendel Prime's purpose is to protect Assante's sole heir in the event of his death. Prime must protect 10 year old Jupiter Assante from zombies, mutants, rednecks, bikers, vampires, and worst of all his step-mother Laurel Kennedy Assante.

The War Child series was intended by Wagner to continue the Comico series Grendel as issues 41-51, chronicling the rise of Jupiter Assante. Comico shuttin
It's kind of weird that Grendel is as well-respected as it is, because if mainstream comics pulled the kind of narrative crap Grendel pulls, everyone would hate it. Like this book. What's important, narratively, is that this is the story about how the son of the Grendel-Khan (read: sci-fi future leader guy) comes into power after his father's death, despite the machinations of the Grendel-Kahn's meddling wife (every female character in Grendel is either a meddling shrew or a hot lesbian.)

But th
Ted Williams
Read and re-read many times this is a wonderful story with cool comic art and fascinating characters, Vivat Grendel !
trying to get others into books - reading literature, whatever that might be - is not easy. but there are several comics (or graphic novels) that make the introduction to more "classic" reading easier (does anyone remember those Illustrated Classics? my first introduction to Dostoyevsky, Dickens, Dumas, Shakespeare...)...

this is a great story - and told with a consistent voice and artist (unlike much of the regular Grendel comics).
John Parr
One of the all time great comic series, and definitely one of Matt Wagner's best. It's a futuristic twist on an Arthurian theme. The son of the Grendel-Khan Orion Assante, who was the first to take control of the entire Earth, is kidnapped by the Khan's personal paladin to protect him from his evil stepmother and the machinations of bureaucrats until he can come of age and take over the world.

Patrick Artazu
I remembered liking this more when I first read it (as a teenager?), but revisiting it now, it's a lot of homage to the Terminator movies packed with pointless and not very effectively drawn action sequences. Which isn't to say it doesn't have its moments, and the premise -- that the idea of "Grendel" would survive the centuries and shape the world of the far future -- is pretty great.
So very different from the original Grendel. Not bad, really, but why even call it Grendel?
Far and away, this is the series that got me into comics. I think it was the Simon Bisley covers that drew me in, but Matt Wagner's writing and deceptively spare drawing style kept me there. What better way to start than with a master of the form, and in War Child he wields the form to tell a hell of a story! It's a Mad Max future meets a Terminator-like war machine, meets the ancient tale of Lone Wolf and Cub. A great read for any comics fan, especially newbies wanting a good taste of the genre ...more
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Matt Wagner is an American comic book writer and artist. In addition to his creator-owned series' Mage and Grendel, he has also worked on comics featuring The Demon and Batman as well as such titles as Sandman Mystery Theatre and Trinity, a DC Comics limited series featuring Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
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