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Grendel Tales: Devils and Deaths (Grendel (Graphic Novels)) Paperback – October 15, 1996


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Grendel Drago is preparing for an honorable death against a mysterious monster on the outskirts of town. When the creature turns out to be a kindred spirit (another victim of radiation poisoning who has paid the terrible price of war) Drago devises a plan that will allow them both to leave this post-holocaust world with dignity. Ten years after Drago's death, the Agram clan is embroiled in war, and Drago's younger brother Goran has matured into the finest warrior in his clan. Unfortunately, he's also the most insubordinate, and his company gets banished to the front lines. The battlefield holds many lessons of fear, love, leadership, and loss for Goran. Grendel Tales: Devils And Deaths is a superlative graphic novel based on the original Grendal concept of Matt Wagner, and combines astonishingly well crafted artwork of Edvin Biukovic with Darko Marcan's tale of human triumph and tragedy based on a future warrior world where, for peasants, it makes little difference who is master. A thrilling saga that is easy to pick up, but hard to put down! -- Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • Series: Grendel (Graphic Novels)
  • Paperback: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; Gph edition (October 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569712034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569712030
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,075,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the best graphic novels I've ever read in my life.
Ryan N Starr
And hey, the introduction to the book made my jaw drop, quite a story; the fact that the book exists is a miracle, obviously it was meant to happen.
doogie doogie doo!!
This one rises high above the rest of all that trashy...and only few works of Alan Moore or Neil Gaiman can be compared to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan N Starr on March 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best graphic novels I've ever read in my life. It is actually the book that got me interested in graphic novels in the first place. I have read it many many times, and every time I read it I find something new that I love about it. The art and story work together perfectly. This is what a graphic novel is supposed to be. Amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is by far one of the best comic series that I have ever read. I borrowed a friend's original comic books and read them repeatedly. I was able to find the graphic novel and bought it just to have the stories around. Since I have bought it I have read it again at least 5 times.
The story is engrossing, action packed and emotionally charged. I would (and have) recommend this book to anyone who loves either a comic or just a great story.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Borjan Komarica on January 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
Along with the "Dark Knight Returns" (written/illustrated by Frank Miller) and "Watchmen" (written by Alan Moore) this is the best story told in comic books history. But graphic art by late Edvin Biukovic outshines the art of the two graphic novels mentioned before.
Darko Macan's script revolves around "clan wars" (in some way equivalent to gang wars) in post-nuclear age on the same spaces where Croatia is today. Having said that, this is a note for people who don't know ancient latin (meaning a vaste majority of people): majority of the clan and geographical names are latin names for towns and places that exist today (and have existed during the Roman Empire). The names of the protagonists (Drago, Ivan, Borna...) are all Croatian names in use today.
Heroism, stupidity, unscrupulous ambitions, sacrifice, sense of duty, betrayal, political compromise and even hope... Everything you encounter in your everyday life is here. When you're done reading, don't be afraid to shed a tear. In fact, you'll have to be pretty unemotional creature not to (or in real denial with yourself). Some may say it is the reflection of the war in these parts, and it's hard to argue with it. It probably is.
Believe me, this is really THE BEST graphic novel that exists. And I'm not saying this because I'm from Agram, or because I knew Edvin (we went to high-school together). I'm saying it beacuse IT REALLY IS the best. Also, it's Edvin Biukovic's last work, his swan's song, that may be surpassed in the future, but I don't see that coming anytime soon.
To end up this on a slightly upbeat note, I'd like to mention one of few jokes Edvin incorporated in his art that could not be detected by anyone not knowing Croatian.
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I got sucked in, and had to buy the whole thing collected, as should you. Awesome, cinematic story, with great characters and writing about family, tribal warlords, human nature, politics, love, monsters, violence, confronting death - all perfectly executed and told with economy, understanding and subtlety. The art somehow compliments and adds to the work in nearly every frame. And hey, the introduction to the book made my jaw drop, quite a story; the fact that the book exists is a miracle, obviously it was meant to happen. If you like comics and stories, you should buy this, it's very well done, and that's often rare.
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Read this when I was in high school, pleased to find it kicking around on Amazon for cheap. Not the deepest of the psychological journeys in the Grendel world, but a great and memorable story.
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