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Grendel: Behold the Devil (Grendel)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  134 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
For years, the life of the original Grendel, Hunter Rose, has been accessible only through his private journal, but there is a secret too terrible for even its pages, and a section of the journal is missing. Behold the Devil follows Rose through this lost period early in his criminal career, as he is under scrutiny not only by the police and media, but also by the prying e ...more
Hardcover, 186 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Dark Horse Comics (first published 2009)
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Jun 13, 2010 Dufour rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was a GREAT addition to the GRENDEL mythos. I was first skeptical of yet another detour by Wagner into more RED, WHITE & BLACK stories of Hunter Rose. However, unlike those stories, BEHOLD THE DEVIL actually takes us to a new place with Grendel and puts sort of a nice little cap on the entire body of work.

Wagner, as always, stuns with both his amazing black & white (and red) art and his mastery of Hunter Rose's poetic dialogue. I think Hunter's aristocratic, nuanced writing gets bet
Feb 10, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
Collects the nine issue mini-series (numbered 0 to 8) published by Dark Horse.

Grendel feels himself stalked by an unknown presence. At first he believes this haunting presence to be Argent, but when confronted by Argent Grendel learns otherwise. As Grendel, Hunter Rose is enemy to police and criminal alike. Losing his edge is not an option. Grendel seeks mystic help from an enemy voodoo master to cure what ails him. Matt Wagner launches a stunning all-new miniseries featuring the Devil himself!

Blake Adamson
Jan 16, 2013 Blake Adamson rated it it was amazing
I've only read one other Grendel book by Matt Wagner and I kind of felt that the artwork was a bit rushed or too gritty...something along those lines. but this book, with its badass, sexy black-white-&-blood-red artwork that could give Frank Miller a run for his money, it makes me think that Dark Horse came up to Wagner and said, "dude, we know what you can do, given the proper time and motivation. we're giving you that; just crank out a book we both know everyone will love." and crank one o ...more
Apr 12, 2010 jim rated it really liked it
As with most serialized stories this was much easier to follow and, therefore, much more enjoyable to read as a collected edition. Wagner's artwork, as always, is gorgeous, and the way this "missing chapter" is woven into the existing Grendel mythose was seamless. This is how you update and flesh out a character's past without making it feel like a forced retcon.

It's great fun to, again, be part of the classic Grendel storytelling method with Hunter's biography leading the narrative and the real
Rev. Nyarkoleptek
Dec 02, 2010 Rev. Nyarkoleptek rated it did not like it
Shelves: _comics, _-_hated_it
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Mar 01, 2010 Travis rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Hunter Rose, the master criminal known as Grendel is trying to juggle his personal life, a brewing gang war, a nosey reporter and a stubborn young police woman, when he realizes 'something' is following him around the city.
Like his literary grandfather 'Fantomas' Grendel is an unrepentant villain, throughly amoral and brutal, yet so well written that you can't help but root for him.

Wagner juggles a couple story threads nicely. None drag or feel padded and despite knowing what happens to anyone t
Jul 25, 2012 Jacob rated it really liked it
While I did enjoy this work as anything by the master craftsman Matt Wagner tends to be worth while, the pieces that make up the whole are a bit of a jumbled mess. Wagner tries to weave a story using albeit failed experimental comic book effects. Your mileage may vary, but I prefer a straight-up comic book material within my comic book material. I don't want to read 4 paragraphs of prose by "Christina Spar" particularly when it's bad enough Wagner has tons of monologue caption to read (usually p ...more
Bob Parks
Mar 05, 2012 Bob Parks rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
Matt Wagner's Grendel, it if wasn't written/drawn so well, would be a guilty pleasure. Hunter Rose is a dark anti-hero/villain that would walk hand in hand with Moriarity, Lecter, Fisk and others of his kind. This is the first story arc I've read that spent a ton of time in his head/journals. You don't necessarily cheer for him, but you become wrapped up. When it comes down to it, he is the anti-Batman. Read that story line back when it came out in the comics, going to have to find it again.
Nov 14, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing
I actually read this as individual issues, but it's great stuff regardless of how you read it. It tells of a couple of weeks that are missing from the Grendel journals that Christine Spar used to write Devil by the Deed. The book is therefore presented as speculation on her part, backed up with police interviews.

A lot of people complain about the supernatural element to this volume, but hey-Grendel's arch-enemy is a werewolf. Deal with it. :P
Shannon Appelcline
Dec 01, 2013 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
Behold the Devil. This is a good Hunter Rose story — what I'd been hoping for throughout the volume. For the first time ever, we get a continuing narrative of Hunter that shows us what his daily life looked like, how he interacted with it, and the dangers that he faced. I could have done without the reveal of the future to bookend the series, but otherwise it's a fun story with at least one surprising twist [7/10].
Sean Chick
Sep 04, 2013 Sean Chick rated it really liked it
It would have been better if I had not read this first but all the same I quite enjoyed it.
Trey Jackson
Mar 18, 2012 Trey Jackson rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhero, crime
Decent enough. I do want to check out some of the older stuff though.
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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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