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Grendel: Devil Tales (Grendel)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  92 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Most often, the master painter's hand of Grendel-creator Matt Wagner graces only book covers, but here, with the uncensored account of Grendel-Prime's quest to contact the spirit of the original Grendel, Hunter Rose, Wagner brings his astonishing brushwork to an entire volume's worth of storytelling! In seven chapters, all written and lusciously painted by Wagner, the dead ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published August 17th 1999 by Dark Horse Comics (first published 1999)
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May 26, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
Yeah, I get it, Wagner's an "experimental" Genius.
He gives us two tales of Grendel, without them having all that much to do with Grendel.

First one is about a cop's accidental tumbling onto a case while taking a piss at the police station. Wagner tells it in tiny little suare boxes and with tiny little text... thing is, my eyes aren't what they used to be and I mainly got out of it with eye strain and a major headache. Good story and art, sure, maybe i shoulda used a magnifying glass or something
Shannon Appelcline
Aug 10, 2014 Shannon Appelcline rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
Devil Tracks. Another very experimental story, but this one is much more readable than Wagner's work in the previous volume (though dense!). It’s an interesting mystery comic, even if the use of Grendel is extremely minor [7+/10].

Devil Eyes. This is a good story that has again been marred by the experimental nature of the comic's design, which is unfortunately too much like The Devil Inside. [5/10]
Nov 14, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it
Really, any Grendel story featuring Hunter Rose is a must-read, but if you're new to Grendel, wait a while to read this one. Wagner is doing some experimental stuff here,and it's an interesting experiment, but it can be pretty tedious to read if you don't already have a love of the character.

Still, once you really get into Grendel, this volume's pretty damn good.
Alex Cunningham
Aug 18, 2007 Alex Cunningham rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Grendel fans
"Devil Tales" is not the finest writing ever on Matt Wagner's part, but visually it is one of his most experimental - and striking - works. He conveys simultaneity gorgeously here. Well worth a read every couple of years or so.
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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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