#88–GRENDEL: BLACK, WHITE AND RED

The 365 Day Graphic Novel Challenge

grendelGRENDEL: BLACK, WHITE AND RED

Writers: Matt Wagner

Artists: Various

Dark Horse, 2000

Grendel.

Been a long time since I’ve thought of that name.

Back in the early 80s, Matt Wagner made a big splash with GRENDEL which was one of the early successes for independent comics.  Then Wagner did something completely unexpected and killed the character.  It was hard to imagine the series continuing after that but Wagner did it and did it amazingly.  He shifted the focus from the character to the mantle of Grendel as it overcame several different people and provided a series that was truly unique and innovative.

But, like all good characters, the original Grendel can’t quite stay dead.  This book collects a limited series which highlighted stories about the original Grendel, Hunter Rose.  Some are quite excellent, some are somewhat mystifying but all are worth reading and they bring an unexpected depth to…

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About Sam Gafford
My name is Sam Gafford and I've been doing critical work on William Hope Hodgson for many years. I wrote the article "Writing Backwards: The Novels of William Hope Hodgson" in which I presented evidence that WHH wrote his novels in the reverse order in which they were published. I've recently written an article on Hodgson's confrontation with Houdini and am currently working on a book length study of WHH.

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