May 28, 2007 | Trades
Grendel: Devil By The Deed — 25th Anniversary Edition
Dark Horse Books
$12.95 US (Hardcover)
**** 1/2 (out of five)
It seems astounding that its been 25 years since the first appearance of Matt Wagner’s enigmatic anti-hero, Grendel.
What began with just four issues back in 1982 (to be collected for the first time in Grendel Archives in July by Dark Horse Books) and later grew to cult-favourite status after being printed as a four-page backup piece in issues of Wagner’s classic series Mage is now one of the most identifiable creator-owned characters in comics.
Devil By The Deed collects all of those four-page tales, revealing the life story of the first Grendel, Hunter Rose, and his rise from child prodigy to deadly assassin and crime boss to his climactic final battle with the ferocious wolf-man, Argent.
The material in this volume tiptoes the fine line between comics’ standard sequential storytelling and illustrated prose and demonstrates Wagner’s incomparable artistic vision all in one sleek hardcover — featuring an anniversary intro by the creator and another by comic writing visionary Alan Moore.