GROO VS. CONAN #4

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“Groo Vs. Conan Part IV”
Writers: Sergio Aragones & Mark Evanier
Artists: Sergio Aragones & Thomas Yeates

The final chapter. We find out both stories of Conan winning and Groo winning were complete exaggerations. Conan and Groo have not started fighting but finally get to it in this book. The two both fight to a draw with neither winning. The arrival of the prime ministers army to destroy the bakery distracts Groo. Conan is also forced to join the fray and the two defeat the army and save the bakery. In the real world Sergio is kicked out of the van of the escaped convicts after being further drugged up. In his delusional state Sergio goes to a Conan movie matinee and wrecks the theater before being subdued by the police.

So in the end the village bakery is saved. The comic store is saved. Conan goes back to his kingdom and frees it from the tyrannical usurper. Groo and Rufferto decide to destroy a butcher shop by eating all the meat. And Sergio? Well someone brings him Tarzan comics and he now has delusions of being Tarzan. Another possible Groo crossover?

So ends this weird and surreal series. I have to say that I love Groo and love Conan. So there was a lot to love in this series. Its been awhile since I read a Groo comic and I have to say that its been too long. This was a real joy. I hope my dad is up in heaven getting a real kick out of it.

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GROO VS. CONAN #3

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“Groo vs. Conan Part III”
Writers: Sergio Aragones & Mark Evanier
Artists: Sergio Aragones & Thomas Yeates

The man that told the people in the tavern that Conan defeated Groo has been found to be greatly exaggerating the story. The reality is that at first Conan could not believe such a man as Groo could be a threat to anyone. Groo though shows his extreme stupidity in grabbing for the hot coals at the bakery thinking they were fresh baked buns. The fire nearly burns down the bakery and his attempts to cool his hands result in the water tower being destroyed and the villages only source of water. Conan attempts to destroy Groo but Groo’s incredibly stupidity gives him an edge and he defeats Conan.

Meanwhile in the real world Sergio is arrested after stealing a horse and wrecking a renaissance fair. While in jail a sleeping Sergio is taken away by the escaping inmates. And the evil lawyer continues to plot to make the comic store into a strip mall.

I thought that it was way too easy the way Conan defeated Groo. Groo is a force of nature and its kind of like trying to defeat a tornado or hurricane. I’m really enjoying this strange ride of combining Conan and Groo.

GROO VS. CONAN #2

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“Groo vs. Conan part II”
Writers: Sergio Aragones & Mark Evanier
Artists: Sergio Aragones & Thomas Yeates

Sergio is still in his crazed delusion that he’s Conan. He falls in with a group of homeless and tells them the story. Conan decides to go and defeat the mighty monster known as Groo. Groo meanwhile is having a hard time in thinking about what is right in destroying the village’s bakery. Thinking takes a lot of energy and he hunts up some quail for dinner. At this time Conan arrives and is invited to join him. Groo hears about his quest and asks to join him. When they reach the village a fight breaks out with Conan triumphing over Groo. In the real world Mark and the hospital staff find Sergio and overmedicate him. And the evil Spencer Spade’s lawyer continues to try and shut down the comic store.

Oh no! Is Groo defeated? Is the bakery saved? Will the comic store be saved? Will Sergio get competent healthcare? Will Mark Evanier get paid? So many questions that have to be answered in the epic conflict between the worlds mightiest barbarian and the worlds most stupid barbarian.

GROO VS. CONAN #1

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“Groo vs. Conan part 1”
Writer: Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier
Artist: Sergio Aragones and Thomas Yeates

Sergio and Mark Evanier are walking to the local comic book store. Mark has a great idea to have a Groo/Conan crossover. Sergio doesn’t think that’s a good idea. First page Groo slays Conan end of story. Well at the comic store there is a big protest. A local financier Spencer Spade wants to tear down the store to build a strip mall. Soon enough the cops come to break up the protest. A riot starts when the protesters start throwing comic books at the police and one of them conks Sergio on the head requiring hospitalization.

At the hospital he is constantly being drugged up with stimulants and sedatives. Sergio starts to have delusions that he is Conan and the Groo artwork he finds puts him to sleep where he dreams. Groo is wandering and comes to a village where the people are protesting a kings decision to close a popular bakery to build his palace. Groo being the dummy he is goes to the king and offers his services after single handedly defeating his army in a fray. The king convinces Groo that the people are standing in the way of progress and gets Groo to terrorize the populace. The townspeople have heard of a great hero in a faraway and strange land. They journey there to enlist the big shouldered hero named Conan to save them.

Wow. A Conan/Groo crossover. I never thought that would happen. I love both characters and get a real kick out of seeing these two famous barbarians meet. Sergio has started a story with his typical humor and satire. He even inserts himself in the story. The artwork of Yeates is beautiful and gives Conan his distinct look in the world of Groo. My dad was a Groo fanatic. He loved the comics and was always excited when I bought a new Groo book. He was also a fan of Conan and I’m sure he would have loved this series. Its sad that he didn’t live to see it. So the review of this series is dedicated to him.