Review: Groo: Friends and Foes #4

Groo is back, but this time he’s about to embark on an adventure with someone just as if not more ridiculous than himself: Arcadio the Hero.  Basically, Arcadio looks and acts the part… emphasis on acts.  Basically, Arcadio is a con artist who has trained dragons.  He takes the dragons from town to town and forces people to pay him to teach them self-defense against dragons, even though the ones Arcadio has are completely harmless under his command.  In doing this, Arcadio spreads his so-called “fame” to inflate his ego. Groo---Friends-and-Foes-#4It’s clear that Arcadio and Groo have a history as Arcadio calls Groo his “former lackey.”  Groo comes across Arcadio’s dragons and scares them off, infuriating Arcadio.  The two go on a mission to find the dragons so Arcadio can continue his escapades as a self-proclaimed hero.  But when the dragons are really after a village because Groo picks up one of their babies, will Arcadio be the true hero he proclaims himself to be?

I really enjoyed this issue, yet I can’t really understand why, but this childish, quirky book hasn’t gotten old to me yet.  I think it’s a testament to the witty writing and vibrant art that have kept this series alive for so long.  Out of these first few issues, I think this is the issue with the best funny moments from Groo saying “If I had two dragons” and holding up three fingers to Arcadio failing to impress townsfolk about his heroism.

Score: 4/5

Groo: Friends and Foes #4 Writer: Mark Evanier Artist: Sergio Aragones Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Price: $3.50 Release Date: 4/15/15 Format: Mini-Series, Print/Digital