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Grendel: Devil's Legacy (Grendel)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  158 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The mind of a vigilante murderer is complex, wrought with anger and blood; it echoes through time in ancestral screams for revenge. And the cycle of death that comes from such a spirit is often endless and tragic. Such is the story of Christine Spar, adopted granddaughter of the terribly notorious, yet rich and graceful Hunter Rose, a.k.a. the original Grendel. Its the nea...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published December 25th 2001 by Dark Horse Comics (first published 1988)
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Though this may not be the best storyline in Matt Wagner's GRENDEL epic, this book remains to be my favorite standalone graphic novel of all time.

The story follows Christine Spar, daughter of Stacy Palumbo who was raised by Hunter Rose - the first Grendel. She has just written a best-selling novel, "Devil By The Deed" that chronicles the life and death of Hunter Rose and Grendel. After her son is kidnapped, Christine snaps mentally and goes on a crusade to first find her son, and then enact reve...more
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Fathered by rape and suicide, the daughter of Stacy Palumbo and reluctant heir of a bloody mantle, Christine Spar is a study in seething rage. The author of the definitive account of Grendel's life, Spar is living the life of a minor celebrity, but that's all about to change. The very subject which propelled her to success is about to drag her into a dark pit of despair and anger. Soon Spar's life of metropolitan leisure will be eclipsed by that which sleeps within her
Shannon Appelcline
Devil’s Legacy. A great continuation of the story from “Devil By The Deed”. For the first time ever, we see a new Grendel, and we can really feel for her reasons for picking up the mask. The result is a strongly emotional story full of great characters [8/10].
At the time it was first published in monthly form by Comico, this was an amazing comic. Illustrated by the Pander Bros. with a special coloring technique that made the images pop off the page, the outside-the-box art of the comic was ferociously innovative. Issue #9, which was almost entirely without text, except for the first and last panels, will be forever in my memory.

Later Dark Horse versions were printed from digital scans and have some unfortunate pixelation of the images.
Powerful, sexy, eerie, dark, quirky, unexpected. This is how film noir graphic novels should be done. The heroine (heroine/villain?) is wonderful, and the Grendel backstory is compelling. Read this. Film this. Now.
The mantle has been passed to Christine Spar, Hunter Rose's granddaughter...
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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.
More about Matt Wagner...
Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity Batman and the Monster Men Madame Xanadu, Vol. 1: Disenchanted Sandman Mystery Theatre, Vol. 1: The Tarantula Batman and the Mad Monk

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