After a tease earlier this morning for one announcement coming from Dynamite the week of New York Comic Con 2013, the publisher teamed up with another for the announcement of a new series today.
The Shadow vs. Grendel, written and drawn by Matt Wagner (Grendel's creator), marks a new team-up between Dark Horse and Dynamite. The two publishers teamed up earlier this year to offer Dynamite titles on the Dark Horse digital store, and now each lends one of their most popular characters to a crossover. The story will be a three-issue 48-page prestige format series in 2014.
“Ever since the smash success of my two previous crossover events (with Batman), I’ve had many offers over the years to see Grendel cross blades with a varied host of other characters,” said Grendel creator, Matt Wagner in a press release. “But none of those opportunities ever excited me as much as this possibility. 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.”
Dark Horse's Mike Richardson and Dynamite's Nick Barrucci also expressed their enthusiasm for the project. Richardson says he shares Wagner's enthusiasm for The Shadow, calling the character "one of the greatest fictional characters of all time." Barrucci meanwhile praiesed Matt Wagner as "a living legend," and expressed his excitement that the series will be in a Prestige format.