Grendel vs. The Shadow #2

Grendel vs. The Shadow #2

Writer: Matt Wagner Artist: Matt Wagner Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: October 8, 2014 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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The excitement continues as Eisner Award–winning creator Matt Wagner spins a tale from the Golden Age of pulp adventures. The era’s most iconic crime fighter and Master of Darkness, the Shadow, faces a foe who may prove to be his match . . . and more: the masked and mysterious menace known only as Grendel!

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Oct 8, 2014

    This is the best "versus" storyline I have ever read. I have no idea how it's going to end and even if it ends with a "happy ending"; I think I'll be alright with that. Matt Wagner has put a lot of thought and time into this story and that has made it far better than any of its predecessors. Take note comic industry because I'm going to say it again, this is the blueprint on how to create a "versus" between two different companies characters. It's a very impressive story paired with fantastic art. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - John F. Trent Oct 8, 2014

    Grendel vs. The Shadow #2 is a brilliant combination of artwork and writing that plumbs the depths of Grendel and The Shadow and pushes their abilities to the limit, both physically and mentally. Matt Wagner's artwork is gorgeous and he creates a number of panels that evoke raw emotion from the reader; whether it is suspense, fear, shock, or love, he is able to capture all of them. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Oct 17, 2014

    Despite the $6 price-tag, Matt Wagner again delivers with a terrific double-sized prestige comic pitting the iconic hero against Wagner's greatest creation. Following the battle, much of the comic is set aside for each man to contemplate his enemy. Hunter Rose also continues to make a professional splash in his new home, and charm a crime boss' daughter as well. And Grendel gets the best of The Shadow not once but twice. First, despite his defeat, he survives and escapes their initial encounter (something few villains can brag about accomplishing). And second, he immediately recognizes Cranston as the man behind the scarf setting up another battle in the final issue. Must-read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Ben Ecker Oct 2, 2014

    As with his writing, Wagner's art seems tailor made for the subject matter. He is constantly including small touches, such as film noir shadows and art deco architecture, and his characters look like modern iterations of old Detective Comics and Dick Tracy. These elements do an amazing job of engrossing the reader in the world and preventing the anachronistic dialogue from being a stumbling block. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Oct 8, 2014

    "Grendel vs. The Shadow" #2 is a real joy, another strong chapter in a mini-series where it just gets better and better with each new page. What might have sounded like a throw-away concept has turned out to be a must-read for Grendel or Shadow fans alike. Even knowing that by the end both characters will be separated and in their own times doesn't matter; it's the thrill of the hunt that is so fun, here. As nice as the first issue was, this one is better. I can't wait to see if that progression continues in next month's conclusion. Read Full Review

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