Groo vs. Conan #1

Groo vs. Conan #1

Writer: Mark Evanier Artist: Sergio Aragones, Tom Yeates Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: July 23, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 1
7.7Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

It had to happen: the most heroic warrior in history meets the stupidest as Robert E. Howard's immortal Conan the Barbarian crosses swords with Sergio Aragones' Groo the Wanderer in Groo vs. Conan #1. This four-issue miniseries was concocted by the Eisner Award-winning team of Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones, aided by master illustrator Thomas Yeates and master colorist Tom Luth. Will Conan annihilate Groo? Will Groo turn out to be the man who can defeat Conan? We'll see.

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 24, 2014

    This is definitely the most offbeat comic in recent memory, and well worth picking up - if just to see how they make it work. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - J. Reifler Jul 22, 2014

    Groo vs. Conan #1 is more of a victory lap for the creators than anything else. The story is light and will not give you anything more than a classic revisiting of your favorite characters. If you have a deep affection for Groo (and furthermoreAragons) you will appreciate this return to mainstream comics. He's definitely one of the legendary cartoonists and any series with his name on it is a pleasure. 9 out of 10. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jul 25, 2014

    This first issue was a nice setup primarily showcasing Sergio's art with a nice integration of Thomas Yeates more realistic style on 7 pages of the issue. Groo and Conan don't actually meet in this issue, but the epic meeting of the sword-wielding barbarians is coming. This is highly recommended, if you've never read a Groo comic or Sergio's other work give this a try. If you like the humor and the art then you have a LOT of back issue bin diving ahead of you, there are over 150 issues of Groo out there and most are relatively inexpensive. I was grinning ear to ear the whole time I was reading this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 24, 2014

    Aragones is in his usual fine form, visually, but the issue is actually most impressive when his characters intersect with Conan's world and Aragones' style bumps into Tom Yeates' more traditional Conan imagery. I really look forward to see how much Aragones and Yeates can push the envelope when these two barbarians actually meet. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Mark Driscoll Jul 25, 2014

    Groo vs. Conan #1 is a great read, the writing for all three portions (Conan, Groo, and Mark and Sergio) is sharp, and right on point. During the individual sections, there wasn't a single portion that seemed out of place. The quality of the art is exactly what you'd expect from these two artists, and when the characters cross over from the Groo world to the Conan one, they aren't drawn in each other's styles, but instead is very reminiscent of a "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" type of production, with each set of characters inhabiting the other's world. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Jul 24, 2014

    “Groo vs. Conan” is not to be missed by fans of Aragons work. Each and every one of them should apply. For Conan fans, there might be less to like, because Evanier and Aragons' sensibilities so clearly drive everything. Conan is a malleable and enduring property, while Groo is a creator-owned concept very near and dear to the hearts of these creators. While they treat Conan with respect, this is ultimately a book meant more for “Groo” fans. But Evanier and Aragons are talented, funny, and charming, and that mostly shows up in “Groo vs. Conan” – that should be enough to win over some Conan fans, at least. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 22, 2014

    Not a bad issue with a meta angle that you wouldn't expect. I do think you'll need to be familiar with Groo to enjoy this fully, but it's going to be a wild ride and it's worth checking out this issue to jump on. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Jul 28, 2014

    Aragons and Evanier are clearly pleased with both themselves and the legacy of Groo -- as they should be -- but in "Groo vs. Conan," they're smart enough to let the reader in on the glee and congratulations. This series makes the happy acknowledgement that it takes both a great creative team and a great audience to keep something alive. Fans of Groo should definitely check out "Groo vs. Conan" #1. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Jul 28, 2014

    Longtime Groo fans will find a lot to love here, while Conan fans may a little lost. Newcomers will be left scratching their heads in confusion. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Sam de Smith Jul 22, 2014

    It's a fun effort, all in all, and let's hope they can maintain it across the 4 issues whilst sorting out some of their niggles by the next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GreyMouser Aug 21, 2014

    Ive been looking forward to this series since it was announced many moons ago. And since Sergio's Funnies has gone on hiatus i've been craving his work! This is all i expected and more, i highly recommend this series for all.

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