Sergio Aragones’ Groo: Hell on Earth

April 6, 2009 | Trades

Sergio Aragones’ Groo: Hell on Earth
Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier
Dark Horse Books
$17.95 US (Paperback)
*** 1/2 (out of five)

All around the medieval world, people wise and foolhardy, rich and poor, young and old know that when Groo comes to town, death and disaster are soon to follow.
It can be argued that this bumbling, dimwitted, wandering swordsman – one of the most enduring and amusing comic characters of the past 25 years — is a force of nature given the number of disasters he’s caused and people, ally and foe alike, he’s done in.
When Groo wanders into the domain of King Buco looking for a means to earn some food for himself and his beloved dog, Rufferto, he quickly finds himself exascerbating some very unnatural disasters.
With wit and nuance aplenty, master cartoonist Sergio Aragones and his faithful writer sidekick Mark Evanier marches Groo to the east, to the west, to the north and south, showing the dramatic effects that people are having on the environment. The allegory is a bit transparent at times, but blended pretty well with that typical Groo humour making for both an amusing and thoughtful read.

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