Days before the doors open on one of the year’s largest events in pop culture, Dark Horse Comics and Dynamite Entertainment announce the first in a series of upcoming crossovers. Matt Wagner will write and draw an all-new Grendel story steeped in the pulp-noir world of The Shadow!
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I never really thought about it before, but plenty of the literary types have noticed the similarities between Grendel, the monster from Beowulf, and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.
It must have occurred to Dr Seuss to bend this ancient story to his own use; to retell it as a picture book.Â I was thinking about the similarities between Grendel, the monster from Beowulf, and the Grinchâ€”even down to their names.Â What really struck me was the bit about how neither one could stand the sounds of civilization.
Following the links in the article offer up a couple of articles that attempt to tie the two classic tales together, and on this day, it makes for good reading.
via John Manders
We last saw Madame Xanadu in her brief appearance in DC’s Countdown, but coming in June, readers can learn more about her many adventures as Matt Wagner (Grendel and Mage) and Amy Reeder Hadley team up to bring Madame Xanadu to Vertigo Comics.
MADAME XANADU is a gothic love story between the mysterious Madame Xanadu and the Phantom Stranger. Their fraught, unconventional affair first blossoms in the final days of Camelot and develops over centuries, in the court of Kublai Khan, on the ships of Marco Polo, in Londonâ€™s notorious Whitechapel district and on the streets of Greenwich Village.
The first issues arrives June 25, 2008, and will sell for $2.99.