Grendel: Devil by the Deed Master’s Edition

Dark Horse. Nov. 2023. 136p. ISBN 9781506737256. $29.99. M
Hunter Rose is a dashing, best-selling author worshipped by the 1980s Manhattan social scene. What the cocktail party cognoscenti don’t know is that Rose is also Grendel, a merciless masked criminal mastermind dedicated to becoming the undisputed leader of all organized crime on the East Coast by any means necessary. His only redeeming quality is his deep love for his adopted daughter, Stacy. She just so happens to also share a close bond with an obsessive vigilante dedicated to ending Grendel’s reign of terror. Creator Wagner (The Sandman Mystery Theater Compendium, Vol. 1) thoroughly reimagines this initial installment in the ongoing saga of his most enduring and beloved creation, which was first published in 1986, not only revising the script and completely redrawing every single page but adding more than 100 new pages to further flesh out the characters and world, resulting in a much richer and more nuanced story.
VERDICT A well-crafted saga exploring the nature of evil, drawn from elements of the crime, horror, and science fiction genres. A perfect starting point for newcomers, while longtime Grendel readers should be thrilled at how Wagner has reinvigorated what was already considered a classic story.
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