GROO FRIENDS AND FOES #2

“Granny Groo”
Writer: Mark Evanier
Artist: Sergio Aragones

So after wrecking Captain Ahax’s ship Groo decides to visit his grandmother. Granny Groo raised him into the man he became and has been apologizing for it ever since. Now Granny Groo lives with the gypsies and the gypsies have really pissed off the local village. They plan to burn down the gypsy camp and form a mob. When they arrive they find out Groo has already burned down half of it. Now the presence of Groo puts enough fear into them to abandon their plans. Granny Groo wisely uses Groo to intimidate the villagers into voluntarily giving up their money to her various scams. She eventually comes up with a plan to get rich and get rid of Groo at the same time. She put him up for sale as a bodyguard and has a raffle. The winner can use Groo to intimidate anyone. So the winner then uses Groo to bully the villagers into giving him anything he wants. Groo though misunderstands one of his commands and destroys the village. The villagers go after the hapless man while Groo decides to move on. Granny Groo ends up with a wheelbarrow full of money.

So Granny Groo. The woman who raised Groo and his sister Groella. Granny is a con artist who is always trying to separate people from their money. She seems to genuinely love her grandson while acknowledging that he is a complete imbecile and walking disaster. She gave young Groo many a spanking and has given the adult Groo a few spankings for his blunders. She usually tries to use Groo for one of her many schemes to get rich with disastrous results. In this instance she actually came out ahead at the expenses of a poor village.

We also get introduced to young Kayli. A little girl looking for her father. She was a passenger on the ill fated ship from last issue and now she hooks up with the gypsies. Granny Groo has plans to use her in her larcenous schemes and young Kayli’s quest will become more central to the overall story arch.

GROO FRIENDS AND FOES #1

“Captain Ahax”
Writer: Mark Evanier
Artist: Sergio Aragones

Groo has just vanquished an army but the villagers are not in a mood to pay a reward for said service. The army was there to protect them from Groo. He decides to go off and find a place that will appreciate him. Which in all honesty doesn’t exist. So he heads to port with his dog Rufferto to find a ship. Captain Ahax just happens to be there and goes into a panic. Every ship he has ever captained has been sunk by Groo and now he’s there to sink his new one. The crew jumps ship and it looks grim for Ahax.

Then he has a brilliant idea. If the ship is doomed to sink then he can use it to work for him. He goes and takes out a hefty insurance policy. Then he sells the cargo he’s carrying since it won’t reach its destination. Finally he sells the ship with possession going to the seller when it reaches his destination. Oh and he gets a new crew by promising triple wages and all the rum you can drink.

So with this all lined up he sets sail with Groo on board. Only problem is Groo doesn’t sink the boat. He sinks a pirate ship that attacks them but the ship arrives safely in port. Now Ahax faces arrest for selling his cargo and not being able to pay his men. No insurance and he sold his ship cheap. As Groo leaves he takes his sword that he left in a hole he made. The ship sinks although too late to benefit Captain Ahax.

This series will spotlight Groo’s friends and foes that he has made over the years. Now Groo’s only true friend is Rufferto. It gets off to a great start with Captain Ahax. Ahax has the record for captaining the most ships sunk. All of them by Groo who as everyone knows is a jinx. Any ship he steps on is bound to sink. The only way it won’t sink is if Rufferto is with him. His presence counteracts the jinx. So poor old Captain Ahax once again loses his ship and while he comes up with a brilliant idea there was one fatal flaw. Groo can mess up any plan.