Grendel by Matt Wagner
The Devil Inside

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The spirit of Grendel seethes in the mind of everyone it encounters. A touch of death, of fear, of anger infects all, gripping at the soul, and wreaking havoc on the lives of those in its path. In this now-classic chapter of the Grendel saga, we return to Brian Li Sung, a once-successful Broadway stage manager who became Grendel after losing the love of his life-the granddaughter of the original Grendel, Hunter Rose. Now down and out, living in the slums of Brooklyn, Li Sung struggles as an off-off-off-Broadway stage manager by day; by night, he stews in the hatred and violence that is Grendel, and becomes a cold-blooded killer. When old friends can't help him, and the city can no longer cope with this scourge of destruction, it's up to one desperate cop to stop the murderous rampage, or die trying.
 

About Matt Wagner

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Wagner is the vice president of Waterside Productions. Acclaimed comic book illustrator Jim Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1964. Today, Lee is the creative director of WildStorm Studios (which he founded in 1992) and the penciller for many of DC Comics' bestselling comic books, including All-Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder and Batman: Hush. He also serves as the Executive Creative Director for the upcoming DC Universe Online videogame.
 
Published May 18, 2004 by Dark Horse. 88 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Wagner's multifarious Grendel character takes a leap several centuries into the future with his 10-part God and the Devil series, originally serialized in 1989 and remastered in 2003, collected in a dense graphic novel that will serve as a hearty meal for serious fans but may baffle newcomers.

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T his 25th anniversary edition reprints what began as an inconspicuous backup feature but has blossomed into a classic dark saga of the ultimate counter-Batman.

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Bestselling author and socialite Hunter Rose is secretly Grendel, an expert assassin and criminal mastermind who is hell-bent on running crime in 1980s New York.

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Similarly, some of his narrative techniques seemed groundbreaking at the time (e.g., the narrative captions displayed as handwritten journal entries), but now feel quaintly similar to contemporary works like Frank Miller's Batman: Year One and Alan Moore's Watchmen .

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Geeks of Doom

Again, the story works better if you’ve read the stories it’s a bridge for, and since I’ve read the Hunter Rose story, I had a better time with this one than Devil Quest.

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Project MUSE

Based on John Gardner's 1971 novel Grendel, the opera Grendel: Transcendence of the Great Big Bad features a modernist reinterpretation of the hero-slaughtering-the-monster myth, inspired by the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf.

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ComicBookBin

A comprehensive Grendel omnibus seems somewhat overdue, but Dark Horse's four-book series of mammoth Grendel collections should appease any long-suffering fan of Matt Wagner's antiheroic saga.

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Under the Radar

Matt Wagner's ongoing "study of the nature of aggression," or Grendel, celebrates its 28th birthday this year, so it seems appropriate to see 2007's Behold the Devil in a snazzy hardcover.

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Campus Circle

Matt Wagner returns to the character he created, reviving the original Grendel, Hunter Rose.

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