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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 347: Barry Windsor-Smith, Part 5 – Storyteller #4

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Barry Windsor-Smith, and the story is “The Freebooters” – from chapters 4 and 5 – from Storyteller #4 (technically it’s Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller, but I hate when the person’s name is part of the title – for some reason it irks me), which was published by Dark Horse and is cover dated January 1997. These scans are from The Freebooters Collection, which was published by Fantagraphics in 2005. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 257: New Warriors Annual #1

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from New Warriors Annual #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated July 1991. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 201: Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller #1

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Barry-Windsor Smith: Storyteller #1 (“Freebooters Chapter One”), which was published by Dark Horse and is cover dated October 1996. This scan comes from The Freebooters, which was published by Fantagraphics in 2005. Enjoy!
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