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1987 And All That: Grendel #4-15

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

Grendel1Grendel #4-15 (Comico) by Matt Wagner, Arnold Pander, Jacob Pander, Bernie Mireault, Jay Geldof, Tom Vincent, Joe Matt, Steve Haynie, Bob Pinaha

Everyone is the hero of their own story. Evil rarely believes itself to be evil, because any action or attitude can be justified if you skew your point of view in the right way. And sometimes, something that begins as legitimately noble or righteous can become tainted over time, soured through cross-mingling with lesser impulses and human weaknesses. Matt Wagner’s Grendel is, among many other things, a pointed examination of this process of transforming a good person into a wicked one. The characters who star in this year of issues begin as normal and well-intentioned, but their inability to cope with external evils and personal loss changes them into delusional crazies just looking for an excuse to murder somebody. Within the comic, the Grendel persona is seen by the public as a menace, a seemingly unstoppable force of terror and chaos that can’t be explained or understood. For the reader, understanding Grendel is actually rather easy, but deciding whether or not to root for the people under the mask is more difficult.

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Year of the Artist, Day 204: Adam Hughes, Part 3 – Elementals #12 and Justice League America #39

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Adam Hughes, and the issues are Elementals (volume 2) #12 and Justice League America #39, the first of which was published by Comico and is cover dated February 1990 and the second of which was published by DC and is cover dated June 1990. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 203: Adam Hughes, Part 2 – The Maze Agency #3

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Adam Hughes, and the issue is The Maze Agency #3, which was published by Comico and is cover dated February 1989. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 134: Bill Willingham, Part 1 – Elementals #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Bill Willingham, and the issue is Elementals #1, which was published by Comico and is cover dated November 1984. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 79: Jill Thompson, Part 1 – Elementals #13

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jill Thompson, and the issue is Elementals #13, which was published by Comico and is cover dated April 1987. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 65: Matt Wagner, Part 1 – Comico Primer #2

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Matt Wagner, and the story is “Grendel” from Comico Primer #2, which was published by Comico and is cover dated 1982. These scans are from Grendel Archives, which was published by Dark Horse in 2007. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines Archive!

Yes, it’s a list of all the posts in which I’ve been looking at the first pages of comics. You could just click the category tag, but in this post, I’ve organized them! Whoo-hoo! I placed this on 1 January for the entire year, but now that the year is over, I thought I’d move it to the final day of the year!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 69: Elementals Sex Special #1 (Totally NOT SAFE FOR WORK!)

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Elemental Sex Special #1, which was published by Comico and is cover dated October 1991. Enjoy! (And once again, it’s totally Not Safe For Work, so be warned!)
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Comics You Should Own – The Maze Agency

This is another series that you should own despite its weaknesses, of which there are more than a few. But I’ll dismiss those quickly and get to the juicy stuff fast enough!
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