Grendel vs. The Shadow #1

Grendel vs. The Shadow #1

Writer: Matt Wagner Artist: Matt Wagner Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 3, 2014 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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Sparks fly and bullets blaze when the original Grendel, Hunter Rose, is transported to 1930s New York and faces off with the original darknight avenger, the Shadow! Two pulp-noir icons go head to head in this three-issue prestige-format series written and drawn by legendary Grendel creator Matt Wagner.
• A great starting point for new Grendel and The Shadow readers!
• Matt Wagner continues his fan-favorite character -- Grendel!

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Sep 3, 2014

    This is also a really long issue. It's more than a double-sized issue, but don't worry you'll be glad you have so much to read. It's an immersive read and you'll quickly forget about page length and anything else because the story will hook you. The pages are definitely worth the price so don't miss out on this issue even if it's your first story with either of these great characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 8, 2014

    It's a powerful (if sometimes grisly) beginning to this miniseries. Sign me up! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - John F. Trent Sep 2, 2014

    Matt Wagner weaves a masterful story introducing two comic book character legends to new and old readers alike as they pit themselves against each other in 1930s New York. The artwork and coloring is good although Matt struggles with females. This battle is being set up to don the title of epic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Nevin Jones Sep 3, 2014

    This is 51 pages of gritty mobster story with a classic vigilante and a classic criminal mastermind. There is wonderful design, action, and storytelling at work here. If you want a fun gang story chalked full of violence in 1930s New York, you should definitely pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Sep 5, 2014

    Don't miss out on this crossover match made in heaven. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 11, 2014

    A fan of both Hunter Rose and The Shadow, the first issue of the three-issue mini-series is a joy to read. The double-sized prestige format makes the comic a little pricey, but it delivers in both story and style pitting my favorite of Wagner's creations against a hero nearly as mysterious and deadly as Grendel himself. Best of the Week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Sep 2, 2014

    Matt Wagner revels in the pulp roots of Grendel vs. The Shadow #1. With Grendel and the Shadow, Wagner gets to have a field day playing with gangsters, villains and antiheroes. Over his long career, those seem to be his storytelling passions as he continually returns to characters like Grendel. This comic gives him room to play around in the moral darkness that allows Grendel and the Shadow to exist. In Wagner’s stories, Grendel is the “hero” but in Wagner’s dark context, the word means little. The Shadow is a “good buy” but when you look at his thoughts and methods, the extremeness of them border (if not fully tip) into the realms of fascism. Neither of these characters are good guys but each are our protagonist. Wagner creates a story where it’s easy easy to get lost in their seductive ideologies and root for both characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Sep 3, 2014

    Grendel vs. The Shadow #1 turned out to be a very good start to what looks to be a rather interesting mini-series. I have no idea if this crossover will continue to be at this level throughout but the first round got me excited. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Sep 9, 2014

    Overall, "Grendel vs. The Shadow" #1 is a fine beginning to another "Grendel" miniseries. It's an issue of exposition, but Wagner makes it move quickly and he's able to dispense with information dumps. However, the most interesting part is yet to come. Wagner has said that he uses the character of Grendel to tell stories around the theme of aggression. The Shadow's reaction and methods in reaction to Grendel's opening moves may illuminate more about both characters and their approaches to the art of war. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Sep 3, 2014

    Its a frustrating read, 50 pages actually dragging in. At the end of the issue, when they finally meet and Grendel declares that finally, things have got interesting, Im hard pressed to agree. Read Full Review

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