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Grendel Tales: Devils and Deaths (Grendel (Graphic Novels)) [Paperback]

Edvin Biukovic , Matt Hollingsworth , Darko Macan

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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing story and even better art 9 Mar 2000
By Ryan N Starr - Published on
This is one of the best graphic novels I've ever read in my life. It is actually the book that got me interested in graphic novels in the first place. I have read it many many times, and every time I read it I find something new that I love about it. The art and story work together perfectly. This is what a graphic novel is supposed to be. Amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great 21 Nov 2000
By A Customer - Published on
This is by far one of the best comic series that I have ever read. I borrowed a friend's original comic books and read them repeatedly. I was able to find the graphic novel and bought it just to have the stories around. Since I have bought it I have read it again at least 5 times.
The story is engrossing, action packed and emotionally charged. I would (and have) recommend this book to anyone who loves either a comic or just a great story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best graphic novel ever... 12 Jan 2002
By Borjan Komarica - Published on
Along with the "Dark Knight Returns" (written/illustrated by Frank Miller) and "Watchmen" (written by Alan Moore) this is the best story told in comic books history. But graphic art by late Edvin Biukovic outshines the art of the two graphic novels mentioned before.
Darko Macan's script revolves around "clan wars" (in some way equivalent to gang wars) in post-nuclear age on the same spaces where Croatia is today. Having said that, this is a note for people who don't know ancient latin (meaning a vaste majority of people): majority of the clan and geographical names are latin names for towns and places that exist today (and have existed during the Roman Empire). The names of the protagonists (Drago, Ivan, Borna...) are all Croatian names in use today.
Heroism, stupidity, unscrupulous ambitions, sacrifice, sense of duty, betrayal, political compromise and even hope... Everything you encounter in your everyday life is here. When you're done reading, don't be afraid to shed a tear. In fact, you'll have to be pretty unemotional creature not to (or in real denial with yourself). Some may say it is the reflection of the war in these parts, and it's hard to argue with it. It probably is.
Believe me, this is really THE BEST graphic novel that exists. And I'm not saying this because I'm from Agram, or because I knew Edvin (we went to high-school together). I'm saying it beacuse IT REALLY IS the best. Also, it's Edvin Biukovic's last work, his swan's song, that may be surpassed in the future, but I don't see that coming anytime soon.
To end up this on a slightly upbeat note, I'd like to mention one of few jokes Edvin incorporated in his art that could not be detected by anyone not knowing Croatian. Near the end, when Grendel Khan's troops (a parable for UN forces, you'll see) march through the village, you can see the word "JEBO" on the jeeps. Well, JEBO means "f..k" in Croatian. I found it extremely funny, though you may not. But then again, you didn't know Edvin...
"The force will be with you, Edvin. Always."
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stand-alone book. 6 July 2014
By S. Currie - Published on
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Read this when I was in high school, pleased to find it kicking around on Amazon for cheap. Not the deepest of the psychological journeys in the Grendel world, but a great and memorable story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought one issue of this comic for a quarter, and.... 18 Feb 2013
By doogie doogie doo!! - Published on
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I got sucked in, and had to buy the whole thing collected, as should you. Awesome, cinematic story, with great characters and writing about family, tribal warlords, human nature, politics, love, monsters, violence, confronting death - all perfectly executed and told with economy, understanding and subtlety. The art somehow compliments and adds to the work in nearly every frame. And hey, the introduction to the book made my jaw drop, quite a story; the fact that the book exists is a miracle, obviously it was meant to happen. If you like comics and stories, you should buy this, it's very well done, and that's often rare.
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