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Product Details

  • Series: Grendel
  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595828931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595828934
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great collection of the Grendel stories!
Reddbbaron
Also, it should probably be mentioned for those who aren't aware that this book is smaller than standard comic size.
Ralph Jenkins
Its a very good read may not appeal to all but definitely worth a read.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Jenkins on August 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
Most of the stories included here are great, particularly the classic "Devil by the Deed" and the recent "Behold the Devil." However, I would not recommend this volume for first time GRENDEL readers. While it does include almost every story featuring Hunter Rose, the original Grendel (with the notable exception of BATMAN/GRENDEL), several of those stories reference later GRENDEL story arcs that the new reader will not be familiar with (it's also a bit of a spoiler). Also, the quality of the stories included in GRENDEL: BLACK, WHITE & RED and GRENDEL: RED, WHITE & BLACK (both collected in their entirety here) is variable. In my opinion, it would have been better if the stories had been collected in the order that they were originally published. Not all of the stories featuring Hunter would have appeared in the first volume, but I think it would have made more sense. It's worth noting that this volume includes one GRENDEL tale that is appearing in a collection for the first time - the CBLDF Liberty Annual 2011 story that deals with the issue of bullying. This is the type of story that I feel would work better in a later volume (it's a side story), but it's nice to have it included.

Also, it should probably be mentioned for those who aren't aware that this book is smaller than standard comic size.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nolan P. Smith on January 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
Thirty years ago, a single man shook the world of comics: a solitary man donned in black with a thirst for blood and a way with words. Matt Wagner's Hunter Rose, the man behind the iconic Grendel mask, was a character no one was expecting, and that's something that has stood the test of time. Now, in 2012, the epic works of Grendel are being collected in four omnibus editions starting with Volume 1: Hunter Rose.
The story of Grendel and his legacy are somewhat a legend in the comic world now. But for those that are in the dark, let me help you in understanding the devil that is Grendel. Hunter Rose is a wealthy young man, barely reaching the age of 18 when the story begins. A visionary author whose appearances spark mayhem wherever he may go, Hunter holds a dark secret: he is the murder known as Grendel. A sadistic, violent masked murderer who kills for profit, or any other reason he sees fit.

This volume follows the exploits of the young man, his violent actions, and the soft spot he gains for a young orphan, Stacy. This young girl is the link to his heart, but also to his sworn enemy, the wolf like man, Argent. Matt Wagner's original Grendel was far beyond its time, as it introduces characters with so many layers, so many secrets, that it was really a rarity at the time it was published. This omnibus follows Grendel from his prime days to a fateful showdown that changes everything. Though very mature in nature, this should be recommended reading for anyone wanting to learn about the world of sequential art.

Matt Wagner, along with a host of artists, brings these bloody, emotional stories to life in ways that haven't really been seen too often in the printed page.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on August 17, 2012
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This is such a great deal for how much comic you get. It's the beginning of the story so you're not going to be lost, and theres 600 or so pages so you arent going to chew through it in an hour. The art is incredible and the story is fast paced, intelligently written, and really interesting. The first issue(volume?) Hunter Rose is written in a prosaic style with the art panels only describing the important stuff that happens, so theres about 10 times as much story as in other comics, although the whole thing feels paced like a detailed recap of a comic you didn't read. The paper this is pretty nice, it doesnt feel like it's going to fall apart in your hands although it's not the thick, glossy pages you get with some of the facier graphic novels. This book has a lot of quality and substance for the price, don't miss out on it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kid Kyoto VINE VOICE on December 30, 2012
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Grendel is an assassin, a crime lord, a master at anything he puts his mind to, a perfect gentleman, a loving father, and, considering how much of a Mary Sue the concept seems, a surprisingly interesting and compelling character.

This book tells the story of Hunter Rose, the first Grendel. And although he debuted in the 80s, this book only includes later Grendel stories from the 90s and 2000s.

His story is retold but the original stories from the 80s are omitted. It's an odd omission since the original stories were reprinted just a few years ago so obviously there are legal or logistical issues. Perhaps Wagner simply wanted to put his best foot forward rather than reprint his weaker early efforts.

It begins with Matt Wagner's retelling of Hunter Rose's life in "Devil By the Deed", it has fantastic art, and an interesting story but it feels like a summary and not a proper story.

But the next long segment makes up for any weaknesses. The 21 stories in "Black, White and Red" are told in different styles, with different narration. Then its followed by 23 more stories in Red, White and Black" with a similar diversity of styles. They're all interesting and all very well done.

In between we get "Sympathy From the Devil", about a gay student being bullied.

Finally a long stand-alone story "Behold the Devil" where a reporter gets close to Grendel's secret.

I'm a bit irked at the omission of the original stories and the lack of publication dates for these stories but in the end the quality of the work in this book is so strong even the harshest critics should be won over.
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