The collection included an introduction by Wagner explaining the situation which led to the creation of Grendel, and dismissing rumors that he was unhappy to have the early work available.
As a backup story in his other series, Mage — , Wagner reworked and retold Hunter Rose's story in its entirety. It was collected by Comico in A new edition, recolored by Bernie Mireault , was published by Dark Horse in In , it was released in hardcover colored only in black, white, and red. An experiment in illustrated fiction, the panels combine to form something of a static whole on each page, often likened to a stained glass window. Each page is both one picture and several images, arranged much less sequentially than in typical comic book narrative.
All of its text appears in accompanying captions, presented as excerpts from a biographical book about Hunter Rose.
The story begins with an extraordinarily gifted boy named Eddie. Because victory in his endeavors comes so easily, it all seems meaningless. In despair, he throws a world-championship fencing match and becomes romantically involved with Jocasta Rose, a trainer twice his age. When Jocasta dies, Eddie leaves behind his life and takes on two new identities: Hunter Rose, successful novelist and socialite, and Grendel, elegant costumed assassin and later crime boss.
Grendel is hunted relentlessly by Argent, a several hundred year old Native American man-wolf cursed with a thirst for violence.
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Argent works with the police in an effort to turn his curse to good. Hunter Rose later adopts Stacy Palumbo, the young daughter of a mobster he killed. Stacy also befriends Argent.
Hunter is a loving father to Stacy, but she betrays him to Argent when she discovers that he is Grendel. Grendel and the wolf fight on the roof of a Masonic temple. The battle results with Argent's paralysis and Grendel's death and unmasking. The police discover Stacy's role in this incident and that she murdered a governess to prevent interference with her plan. Developing severe psychological problems, Stacy is committed to a mental hospital until adulthood.
After she is released, she marries her psychiatrist, but on their wedding night he rapes her and then commits suicide. The traumatic experience is enough that Stacy returns to institutionalization for the rest of her life. After she returns to the institution, she gives birth to a daughter named Christine Spar.
Christine Spar later publishes a biography of Hunter Rose and his life as Grendel, the source of the excerpts seen throughout the comics, which she entitles "Devil by the Deed. The ongoing Grendel series was published by Comico from to , with Wagner as writer and occasionally drawing short story arcs collaborating with a variety of artists. The first fifteen issues relate different stories of people who are inspired by their circumstances to assume the identity of Grendel, a choice which seems destined to end in tragedy. There is a recurring idea that these people are influenced by the Grendel identity as if it's a force or entity that chooses to possess them.
A collected edition was published by Comico in Dark Horse re-published Devil's Legacy , recolored by Jeromy Cox , as a issue miniseries in and a collected edition in The first twelve issues, written and colored by Wagner and drawn by Arnold and Jacob Pander , were set in the near future and told the story of Stacy Palumbo's daughter, Christine Spar. She takes on the identity of Grendel to rescue her child or avenge him, if necessary. The longer she operates as Grendel, Christine's behavior and personality become increasingly violent. The new Grendel's activities draw the attention of the NYPD, in particular Captain Wiggins, whose cybernetic eye acts as a lie detector.
Wiggins enlists the aid of Hunter Rose's arch-enemy Argent. Eventually, Christine and Argent fight, resulting in both of their deaths. It was republished as a miniseries by Dark Horse in and a collected edition in The story follows directly from Devil's Legacy and focuses on Brian Li Sung, the stage manager with Tujiro's Kabuki group who met and romanced Christine Spar during her time as Grendel. Wiggins believes Brian can lead him to Christine's journals and secrets they hold about Grendel.
Brian becomes increasingly confused and irrational, believing the spirit of Grendel is telling him to take action. Brian finally adopts the Grendel identity and then attempts to murder Wiggins.
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During the battle, Brian Li Sung's true personality reasserts control and denies the influence of the spirit of Grendel, giving Wiggins the opportunity to shoot and kill him. When Bernie Mireault asked Wagner if Grendel could ever inhabit a crowd, Wagner was inspired to re-imagine the whole series.
Starting with 16, he broke from the "next person puts on the mask" theme that connected the previous stories and instead had Captain Wiggins relate untold tales of Hunter Rose. Both were written and drawn by Wagner. Not wishing to dredge up old ghosts from his past, Wiggins decides instead to tell stories concerning Hunter Rose, the original Grendel whom he never met.
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Lewis Polk, who investigates a diamond smuggling operation supposedly engineered by Rose. Another story told by Wiggins expands on informant Tommy Nuncio, a character briefly mentioned in Devil by the Deed. These four issues feature one-off stories, each taking place further into the future. According to Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz and creator Matt Wagner, the original art for issues 20—22 had deteriorated to the point where the issues could not be reprinted. They were eventually reprinted in the third Grendel Omnibus.
After publishing stories of Hunter Rose the same stories featured in issues 16—19 , Captain Wiggins has become wealthy and famous.
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Christine's Spar earlier biography of Hunter Rose made Grendel a pop culture icon and now Wiggins's work has revived interest in the figure, making him a household name once more. Wiggins then becomes concerned when the vision in his cybernetic eye becomes distorted, making others including his new young wife appear as grotesque caricatures.
Physicians conclude the distortion is a result of stress brought on by newfound celebrity. Wiggins concludes that his lie-detector eye has become enhanced and now reveals the true ugliness of the world and that he is surrounded by greedy, shallow people who covet his fame and wealth. As his anger and paranoia increase, Wiggins is finally enraged by his wife's nagging and murders her. The omnibus format, small as it is, does not serve Wagner's more experimental art very well. Sep 10, James T rated it liked it.
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Volume 2 covers sort of the fallout from the 1st volume. Feb 02, Bryan rated it really liked it Shelves: comics. The Christine Spar storyline is not my favorite Grendel story. I've also never liked the Pander Bros. But I'm a huge Bernie Mireault fan, and Matt Wagner's stylistic tribute to Harvey Kurtzman in the final story is almost worth the price of admission alone.
Jan 31, Ian rated it really liked it. Where has Grendel been all my life? I didn't really like the artwork or excessive length of the first story, but it had its moments. This series is pretty amazing overall, though. Apr 21, Jasmiina F rated it it was ok Shelves: comics. I didn't enjoy this as much as the first Omnibus. The first story was very good, although creepy, but I didn't enjoy the rest of the book at all. Maybe it was the art.
It ended prematurely, mid-story, because of Comico's financial issues. The collection included an introduction by Wagner explaining the situation which led to the creation of Grendel, and dismissing rumors that he was unhappy to have the early work available. As a backup story in his other series, Mage — , Wagner reworked and retold Hunter Rose's story in its entirety. It was collected by Comico in A new edition, recolored by Bernie Mireault , was published by Dark Horse in In , it was released in hardcover colored only in black, white, and red.
An experiment in illustrated fiction, the panels combine to form something of a static whole on each page, often likened to a stained glass window. Each page is both one picture and several images, arranged much less sequentially than in typical comic book narrative. All of its text appears in accompanying captions, presented as excerpts from a biographical book about Hunter Rose.
The story begins with an extraordinarily gifted boy named Eddie.
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