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Matt Wagner has returned to comics after far too long, reviving his tour-de-force fantasy/adventure ‘Mage.’  But once upon a time, even he was just a young creator looking for his big break, with an idea for a comic based on the epic ancient poem, Beowulf, and the battle with the monstrous Grendel…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Primer #2 awaits!

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FeatureFeaturedMajor SpoilersRandom Access Memory

Author’s Note: Random Access Memory is me looking back at the specific comics that shaped my life. Each month I go back in time – in five year intervals – to examine key comics that came out those months. (The idea is that after five years of monthly columns, I will have covered an entire lifetime – in this case, fifty years – of reading comics.) Starting this month I will also list all the comics I read that particular month. This will afford readers the opportunity to chastise me for not reading specific comics, and/or laugh at the horrible,

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Dark Horse ComicsMatt WagnerSneak PeekThe Shadow

I do appreciate it when publishers agree to share their licensed characters. In September, Dark Horse Comics releases Grendel vs. The Shadow #1, and the company sent us a sneak peek, that you can check out, after the jump.

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comic conventionDark Horse ComicsDynamite EntertainmentNew York Comic ConPress Release

Press Release 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.  I was thinking about the similarities between Grendel, the monster from Beowulf, and the Grinch—even down to their names.  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

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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 London’s notorious Whitechapel district and on the streets of Greenwich Village. The

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