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Grendel: Red, White, & Black (Grendel)

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Contains tales that are illustrated in black, white, and blood red by some of the top talents in comics, including Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), Michael Avon Oeming (Powers), Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan), Kelley Jones (Sandman), Andi Watson (Geisha), Dan Brereton (The Nocturnals), Phil Noto (Birds of Prey), and others.
Paperback, 187 pages
Published September 13th 2005 by Dark Horse Comics
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Keith
Mar 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
In comics, Matt Wagner's Grendel (for those of you who foolishly think that he lives solely in epic poetry) is a sort of devil-spirit of aggression that takes many forms over many time periods, but begins as the masked alter-ego of novelist Hunter Rose in 1980's New York City. "Grendel" is, therefore, a straightforward superhero tale except that we follow (and root for) the villain, while the "hero" (a justice-serving but bloodthirsty werewolf named Argent) is left at the periphery of the story. ...more
Shannon
Jul 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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Perhaps my favorite villian of all time...
Michael
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jill Thompson, Cliff Chiang, Andy Kuhn, Mike Hawthorne, Tom Fowler, Andi Watson, Jim Mahfood, Kelley Jones, Phil Hester, Michael Avon Oeming, Farel Dalrymple, Stan Sakai, Zander Cannon, Mike Huddleston, Darick Robertson, John K Snyder III, Phil Noto, Dan Brereton, Michael Zulli & Ashley Wood - LOOK AT THE ROSTER OF ARTISTS WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS BOOK!

Seriously, those are some pretty damn impressive names, and better yet is how Matt Wagner tailors each story to their strengths - Jill Thompso
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Paul
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Almost 30 years ago, Matt Wagner published his first stories featuring Hunter Rose, a young socialite who was secretly a criminal mastermind and fearsome costumed assassin known as Grendel.

In the initial series, Rose died at the hands of Argent, a werewolf fighting on the side of the law. Wagner has continued to produce Grendel, however, mostly by depicting future versions of the character, who comes, over the centuries, to be recognized as the incarnation of sheer evil.

Other episodes revisit
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Shannon Appelcline
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
Unfortunately the whole Black, White & Red idea has gotten pretty stale by this point. Most of the stories in here are dull bits of crime. Others reiterate historical points from “Devil by the Deed”, but they don’t add much to those stories. Worse, some go totally artsy-fartsy in an attempt to generate interest. The biggest problem with these historical stories is that they don't really tell us anything new, and they make it feel like there are no new stories of Hunter Rose. With that all sa ...more
Amy
Nov 20, 2008 rated it liked it
I was interested in the use of different artists for all the stories. The various takes were interesting and as a result, obviously some were much more interesting than others. The art is pretty great in some of it. And I do like the consistency of red, black, and white throughout. Sometimes it gets to be a little too much of the same when it is just multiple action sequences after another and not the development of story necessarily--but maybe you shouldn't read it in one sitting like I did. I ...more
Jennifer
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Crazy quilt of dark, acrobatic violence, each story with a different artist. The ambition is admirable but it is probably too disjointed.
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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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