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Groo: Fray of the Gods #1
Written by Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier.
Illustrated by Sergio Aragonés; colored by Tom Luth.
Lettered by Stan Sakai.
AOK: Fray of the Gods lets Groo play it fast and loose when it comes to history. You know how it is, Sergio Aragonés has been telling stories of the mad mercenary and his faithful dog for so long the man can sail over the expected and focus on what he loves and knows well. It’s funny, but Groo and Rufferto are nearly side-players in this book. They stand in for us so others can catch us up on the state of the world (silly, busy, pretty messed up). They are our ears. The story they hear is familiar, but it’s still unbelievable. It’s the past, Groo’d.
Never mind the clashing swords, the tiny stuff is what really slays. A god who bears an uncanny resemblance to Prohías’ white Spy. (I may have possibly spotted Clifford the big red dog.) There is a fist bump by two happy guys standing nose to nose, in my opinion you really can’t get more Sergio Aragonés than that. Years of exciting doodles in the gutters of Mad Magazine made Sergio a master of little moments, and he certainly finds a way to fit them into Groo.
It is a genuinely funny book. Equal parts chuckles and philosophy. Yes, Groo is drawn to battle “as the moth is drawn to the lake! As the duck is drawn to the flame!” But Fray of the Gods is strongest when it is opining: women make the world go round while men play with themselves and call it worship. And yet, those last two pages in Heaven with Sergio drawing from every pantheon, they elevate the whole of the book and whet our appetite for what comes next. A mildly contradictory book (man’s folly as bro-fest) with lots of potential. A worthy addition to the history and legend that is Groo.
5 out of 10
From earlier this week —
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