Here we are a few days away from the New York Comic Con and already Dark Horse and Dynamite are making news. The two comic book publishers are teaming up for one epic crossover. The Shadow Vs Grendel. The classic hero that knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men, Lamont Cranston will come toe-to-toe with the classy and deadly Hunter Rose. And it being tackled by the creator of Grendel, Matt Wagner himself.
Wagner had success in the past teaming his character with Batman twice, which led to many offers of other team ups, but the artist/writer said why he decided to go with this one, "I've been a huge fan of The Shadow for many, many years and my love of the character finally saw fruition when I got the chance to literally re-define his origins by writing The Shadow: Year One for Dynamite. To have the chance to both write and draw The Shadow facing my own creation is something of a dream come true! It's also adds yet another instant classic to my long legacy of Grendel projects with Dark Horse Comics."
"I'm looking forward to this project for many reasons, not the least of which is Matt Wagner's return as both writer and artist of Grendel" said Dark Horse president and publisher, Mike Richardson. "The fact that I share Matt's enthusiasm for one of the greatest fictional characters of all time, The Shadow, makes it all the more exciting. "
"Matt Wagner truly is a living legend." said Dynamite publisher, Nick Barucci. "When the idea for a Shadow/Grendel cross-over was suggested, and Matt stated that he would write it AND illustrate the series in a Prestige format, let's just say that you can't quantify the excitement in our offices. This is such an incredible series, and the first of more projects that Dynamite and Dark Horse are announcing."
The series will be released in three 48 page prestige format issues in 2014 and is described as: "Best-selling author Hunter Rose is secretly the masked assassin and criminal overlord known only as Grendel. When an arcane artifact comes into his possession, Grendel finds himself thrust into a world for which he seems destined, where style and violence intersect to form a dazzling golden age. He will soon discover that this New York also has a fearsome protector—a dark and mysterious avenger whose name is spoken in hushed whispers, The Shadow!"