Beowulf

Beowulf

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BEOWULF HC SANTIAGO GARCIA and DAVID RUBIN unite to bring forward the myth of Beowulf, which has endured for a thousand years and inspired an epic poem of the same name, became a foundational piece of English literature, and inspired generations of authors, from Tolkien to a good number of Hollywood screenwriters. BEOWULF tells of the tale of a Scandinavian hero in lands that would become what is now Denmark and Sweden: A monster, Grendel, has arrived in the kingdom of the Danes, devouring its men and women for 12 years until Beowulf arrives to save them. GARCIA and RUBIN faithfully follow the original story for a new version that is neither revisionist nor postmodern, but captures the tone and important details of the poem, translating its potent, epic resonance and melancholy into a contemporary comic that isn't standard swords and sorcery or heroic fantasy fare, but rather an ancient story with a modern perspective that remains respectful of the source material.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, 2016, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781534301207
1534301208
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,chiefly color illustrations ;,32 cm

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dennismmiller
Jan 28, 2020

This graphic adaptation of the epic poem generally avoids the banal postmodern revisionism of other adaptations, reducing the story down to the essential confrontations between four monsters - Grendel, his mother, a dragon, and the great Geat himself.  The art is stylized, the colors muddy, the overall effect undeniably ugly - which, however, both suits the brutal directness of the stripped-down narrative and emphasizes the fleshy substance of the monsters, which are here portrayed not as elusive magic fairies but as viscerally real beasts, perhaps more real than some men.

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mclarjh
Aug 29, 2017

Glossy pages, garish colours, superhero style action comic. Suitable for preteens.

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Keogh
Jun 01, 2017

This graphic novel retelling of the old epic tale of Beowulf and Grendel is as dark as you expect, given the source material. A Viking warrior leads his men into battle with a monster who's spent years attacking the king of another land and his people. Bloody and graphic, the art's a bit muddied at times, which admittedly is more a case of personal taste than anything else, but the writing gets the tone right.

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