Tuesday means that Thwip! goes “retro” and talks about collections/storylines that we think were awesome (and still are) – today we talk about the first omnibus collection of Matt Wagner’s Grendel.
This is a comic that had at one point been considered an excellent series to follow…but now has fallen to the wayside as other comics stack up on people’s opersonal lists of “must read.”
But, reading it again, I gotta say, the Hunter Rose Grendel stuff is great.
I mean first of all it has a murderer’s row of afantasticartists lined up to do each story (and Wagner himself is a fantastic artist as Well), then the first story you read is tessentiallyathe lifeand death of our antagonist. And that opening story ais such weirdly compelling look at how boredom can elevate such a villain into superstardom – you kind of buy it thanks to the narrative voice that Wagner manages to infuse the story with.
The remaining stories are just bits and pieces, facets of Hunter Rose’s days and the affect he had on others, showing that Grendel was a force to be reckoned with at a social level as well.
There is one thing I should mention, many of these astreets re more structured as prose and pictures, rather than more traditional comics, which may annoy some (I found it a change of pace, but you know me, Mister Positivity).
Trust me,my out and buy this, you will enjoy the rise and fall of Hunter Rose, I certainly did,