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Grendel: Devil Child Hardcover – June 24, 2008
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Hunter Rose and Argent are friends who do real-estate business with each other, and other business that is not so savory. As a child, Stacy is infatuated with Argent until he has an accident that is set up by Rose, in front of Stacy. Stacy ends up having nightmares about the accident with Argent, and has trouble sleeping at night. From there as she gets older, she is able to understand Hunter Rose's dual role as Hunter and as Grendel, where she learns to hate the Grendel character. She ultimately plots Rose's downfall while he is acting as Grendel. To help her do this she enlists the aid of Argent, who has never forgiven Rose for causing the accident.
The final battle between Argent and Hunter leaves Argent paralyzed for life, hunter dead, and Stacy going to a mental institution. She eventually marries her therapist who rapes her on her wedding night, and then commits suicide. Stacy is pregnant from the rape, with the child Christine Spar that would be the next installment of the Grendel legacy. Stacy eventually dies alone in the mental institution. Overall this is not a book for children, the art work is impeccable, but the story line is dark and broody. Betrayal is a core element of the Grendel series, and this book has no happy endings, and betrayal, violence, death, despair, and eventual dissolution of personality in such a way that there is little to no hope for any of the characters in this book.
As a comic book, this was a ground-breaking series that opened the door to a number of other books and comic books inspired by Matt Wagner and the Hernandez Brothers. This series also showed comic books as a way to tell a serious story line that is usually reserved for literature. Overall, if you like your artwork and story line dark, then this series is a series you want to own. Five of Five stars, I have enjoyed this series when it first came out, and now that it is out in graphic novel form, it is a good thing to see them out on the market again.