The three most inevitable things in the world are death, taxes, and another Groo collection from Dark Horse. This one is about the other two: Groo and his loyal pooch Rufferto encounter a king who is forever raising the cost of living and an undertaker who drives up the cost of dying. So the kingdom goes to war against … well, they’re not exactly sure of that part yet. But they’re definitely going to war. What a time for Groo to be trapped in his solemn vow not to kill! And if you think that makes him any less dangerous, you don’t know Groo. He’s even worse … as the savage warrior, Odoman the Invincible, finds out the hard way. The Eisner Award winning team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier do it again … and if you’re thinking that “it” involves anything other than bringing you some of the best adventures of the world’s stupidest barbarian, you’d probably be wrong!
From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Groo is a mindless, barbarian swordsman whose moronic exploits are typically funny, and occasionally a little thought provoking. At the beginning of this book, he approaches a town. The people panic, for where he goes, death follows, and the undertaker invests in more coffins, rubbing his hands with glee. But Groo takes a vow to slay no longer, and the mortician then travels from town to town inciting wars so that he may somehow recoup his investment. Death happens despite the barbarian’s vow, and taxes get raised to pay for the needless conflicts. In the process, the authors satirize the propaganda machine needed to cause nations to go to war, and the willingness of ordinary people to echo the spin doctors. People who formerly wanted Groo and his swords to stay away now beg him to fight, and his loyal dog, Rufferto, desperately wants the old Groo back. Aragones’s drawings are comical and expressive, evoking chaos while never descending into gore. In an afterword, Evanier discusses the authors’ reactions to 9/11-the stories in this volume were written before the disaster. They are of topical interest today, but the enduring presence of both war and taxes will continue to make this graphic novel meaningful.
Paul Brink, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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The groo stories are always the best
By S. Carlson on December 23, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Groo is continually funny. The best thing about Groo is it’s a combination of slapstick and just ‘dumb humor’ but it has a touching story and a man-against-the-world theme that always seems to work out in the end. Go Groo!
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Dark Horse Books (December 3, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces