(Of all the things that stuck with me from brushing up on who ‘Grendel’ is, the one thing that stuck with me is a note about how Mr. Wagner seems to make him a little more evil every time he writes the character.)
Panel 1: GRENDEL is sneaking a piece of candy away from a MOBSTER BABY and replacing it with a ticking explosive device disguised to look like a piece of candy.
SFX: tik tik tik tik tik tik tik tik
Panel 2: GRENDEL secretly pushes an aged GEEZER MOBSTER who is in a wheelchair into oncoming traffic. The GRENDEL disguise has somehow acquired a villainous mustache somehow.
GEEZER MOBSTER: GUAH!
SFX: HONK HONK!
Panel 3: GRENDEL kicks a puppy – just a regular old, innocent looking puppy – off a pier into shark-infested waters. In addition to the mustache, the GRENDEL costume now has a top hat and an old-timey villainous cape.
SFX: OHM NOM NOM!
GRENDEL: Muah ha ha!
Panel 4: MATT WAGNER is at his desk. He’s leaning forward, the hand supporting his head on his forehead. He has a wide-eyed ‘what am I doing?’ look on his face.
MATT WAGNER: I think I’ve officially made Grendel way too evil.